Announcing Heroku Free SSL Beta and Flexible Dyno Hours

At Heroku, we want to make it easy for everyone to be able to learn and explore our service, and the related ecosystem of technologies, for free - be it student, professional developer, hobbyist or just curious individual. We view this as both part of our mission and our business model; it has never been a more interesting - or important - time to be a developer, and we want to help everyone become one.

Today we are announcing two important updates to help bring us closer to that goal: a new and free SSL service and a more flexible way to use free dyno hours. Heroku SSL is being introduced as beta today, and will be rolled out over the coming weeks and months; flexible dyno hours roll out is scheduled to begin on June 1st.

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SSL Hostname Add-on Public Beta

Ever since we launched the current IP-based solution at $100/month in response to customer demand, we have been pursuing a cheaper and more elegant solution for SSL with custom certificates on Heroku.

Today, we’re happy to announce the public beta of a new SSL add-on that accomplishes this goal. It’s called ssl:hostname, and is priced at $20/month. This new add-on will allow you enable SSL traffic to your application on any subdomain, such as www.mydomain.com or secure.mydomain.com, using your own SSL certificate. Note that this is a paid beta, and you will be charged for using the add-on through the beta period.

Full docs are available here. You can install it via the heroku gem, or directly from the Add-ons Catalog.

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