Very slow deploy for simple node js app on free tier

I recently switched from Heroku to Render to host some of my dev environments on the free tier. I noticed that deploys for the free tier are extremely slow. It could take between 30 seconds to 1 minutes on the Heroku free tier, and on Render, it takes between 7 to 10 minutes. If I switch my app to the Starter tier, the deployment takes around 1 minute. Am I crazy of should there not be that big of a difference?

Hi there,

Thanks for reaching out.

Free plans are noted as having slower deploys than paid plans, that’s one of the limitations of Free Plans

Kind regards


Same boat, only slower! 13 mins to tell me it failed. Im trying to get strapi backend hosted on here. I think Ive done whats required. it failed on render.yaml file where I had “npm run build” (instead of github repos default yarn run build") and the error log asked if I meant this. I switched back to yarn, though Im using npm locally and it errors out again, after 10 minutes. Any suggestions welcome!

Hi Patrick,

Slower builds are noted on free plans as mentioned in my last post. I’ve responded to your other post, where you seem to have identified the problem: