Any pointers to free cloud-based geoweb hosts? Use case: To display a basic interactive web map in Leaflet/ OpenLayers with data hosted in PostGIS served by GeoServer. I am looking at something very close to the OpenGeoSuite since I am playing with that at the moment already. [This is basically a teach-yourself webmapping exercise and there are zero personally hosted server resources on my sleeves].

I've found capnix to host the website but now need the 'Geo'-portion. CartoDB's 5MB data limit is too small for my project needs and OpenGeo's Cloud Edition is too short (3 days!). Any ideas?


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If you are not tied to GeoServer, you might take a look at a very new QGIS-based solution called QGIS Cloud. It is currently free. Not sure about the speed, as their server, I think, is in Germany (though they may be expanding soon).


I searched for the same free cloud based geoweb services and came up empty over a year ago. Ended up using www.webfaction.com for about $10 a month. They supply PostGreSQL, PostGIS and all of the necessary libraries. Had my IT nephew install GeoServer and all is well, so far.

I'm fairly new to web/map development and I found the support to be most helpful and quick to respond.

  • Amazon EC2 have a free usage tier that lasts a year for new customers. You could install your own software and would be great for learning the different parts of a typical stack.
  • Google Fusion tables is free and should be possible to plugin to openlayers.

You could try arcgis online. There is a free level for non commercial use

Good summary here: http://www.georelated.com/2012/10/cloud-web-mapping-service-api-review.html


You are probably out of luck for "free" but you could also check out HostGIS. http://www.hostgis.com/home/. We've has sites running with them for years. Good support and all round nice guy running it.


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