Always On will be fully removed from the product on January 1st, 2024. After January 1st, Deployments will be the only way to host applications on Replit.
For most users, Autoscale & Static deployments will be less than 20 cents per month or included in the Hacker & Pro plans. Static deployments will be free as long as you are within your egress limit.
Additionally, repl.co domains will transition to replit.dev and will only be accessible when someone is in the editor. If you are currently hosting anything on Replit, we strongly recommend that you migrate to deployments before the new year.
For more information, read the full blog post. Please use this forum as the place to leave feedback, thoughts, and comments.
You will need either money or a ton of cycles to host a site on Replit. Either one could be acquired by your mom’s credit card, however you could also get cycles by completing bounties or getting tipped on your Repls.
You can also convert your cycles to hacker or pro. From the blogpost:
If you have a bunch of cycles, we’re happy to announce that you can now purchase Hacker & Pro with them. If you already are paying for Hacker or Pro, you can opt to use the cycles as credit towards future plan payments. To use your Cycles for plans, fill out this form and we’ll follow up.