According to the docs, while Render offers 750 hours of uptime on the free tier, this does come with the service going to sleep if unused for 15 minutes. I understand that this is build to push users toward paid service, but the first entry being $20/mo is quite a big jump.
Is there anything to bridge the gap here for continual uptime, or do I just have to write a ping script to utilize my 750 free hours? If the choice comes down to $20/mo or inconvenience myself by writing a ping service, the choice is rather obvious. Feels weird that I have to play games like this in order to fully utilize my free tier offerings though.