First of all, thank you to those who left constructive feedback on the “changes to hosting” thread.
I’d like to share some thoughts about where the Core membership is headed.
Currently, Replit Core comes with allotments for Static and Autoscale Deployments. We’ve heard from some Core members that they want an option that allows them to host bots (Discord, Telegram, Slack, etc.).
With these bots, you typically want to use a reserved VM which is better suited for 24/7 stateful applications. And since Reserved VMs are not included in the Core membership, these users have to pay an additional $6.20/mo for what Always On previously supported (the cost of our base tier VM).
To address this, we are planning to introduce a new benefit to the Replit Core in the next month called “flexible spend”.
They are credits (based in USD) that you can use on any of our cloud services (autoscale, static, egress, storage, etc.). The monthly flexible spend will be enough to cover the cost of a base tier Reserved VM for an entire month. This update should give Core members more flexibility when it comes to the value they get out of Replit.
This means that if you want to host a bot on Replit, you will be able to do that with Replit Core.
You can expect to see this change in the next month.
We understand your frustration here. For people who were previously on Hacker or Pro and using Always On to host a bot, please fill out this form and we’ll grant you enough credits to pay for a Reserved VM until we implement the Core changes. (Please give us a few days to process the requests after applying).