Hi everyone, I'm interested in building an application on DO, but I'm not really able to lay down money I can't get back just to see if the service does what I want. I need to put a considerable amount of time and effort into learning your APIs and writing my app to interface with them, and I'm not keen to have a VPS running on my dime just for this purpose. I'd love to know the reasoning behind this. Being able to test a product before I buy it is very important to me, and if this is how new customers are treated, DigitalOcean just isn't right for me. Thanks
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AHA December 16, 2019
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Dec 2019 Update:

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Openshift is free, why this isn't?
You can search for digitaloceans promo codes, its not that hard to find.

Even without the promotion code, 1 day of testing on a 512M droplet is only $0.168, I don't think it's too much just for testing purpose.

DO number 1. I want to use DO.

Check the digitalocean twitter account they usually have $10 promo codes.

You can also try retailmenot.com they are currently showing several discounts. Not very good success rates however.
It's $5 to test. You can spin up a server, run it for a few hours and it will cost you at most a few cents to test out.

I am a developer and I wanted to build a plugin for discourse backups to digital ocean. Unfortunately for having an account I HAVE to enter my credit card details. Since I will only use this account to test the functionality of my plugin I don’t want to give my private details. As soon as I put in test creditcard numbers, digital ocean complains. Isn’t there a way to use a test version for developers without having to put a real creditcard to the account??

How to get a free trial from DO? Thank you!

I need a coupon 50$, Can you help me share it? please!

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Help me! I need a free trial.