We launched PasteThePlan.com on September 11th, and it got just shy of 5K pageviews in 3 weeks:
After launch, it stabilized at around 125 pageviews per weekday. (That’ll bump up this week with a new page that lets you see the 20 most recently pasted plans. I kinda find that addicting.)
In Richie’s architecture explanation, he wrote that PasteThePlan runs on Amazon Web Services:
- The web requests are handled by AWS Lambda, aka serverless code or function-as-a-service
- The plans are logged in AWS DynamoDB, a managed NoSQL database
So what’s it all cost to host?
(Note: two very tiny costs aren’t included. We’re storing the plans in AWS S3 file storage, and backing them up in Azure File Storage. These cost pennies per month. At some point, I’ll need to break those out separately on our cloud bills, but right now the costs are so doggone low that it doesn’t even make sense to tag those resources for billing purposes.)
When we launched, commenters asked a lot of questions about “why didn’t you use SQL Server?” I think this pretty well speaks for itself, and it’s what I meant when I wrote that our community projects have to be sustainable. This project is completely sustainable, and will never need fees, ads, or sponsors.