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Why is additional storage so expensive?!


#1

I’m starting to figure out what to charge for my app and just realized how expensive additional storage is on Bubble. I realize there may be some additional overhead (e.g. bandwidth in/out costs) on top of the storage cost, but 10 GB for $10 seems extreme, especially when S3 storage would give me 435 GB for $10.


#2

What kind of data are you hosting?


#3

Really any type of file – could be images, audio, documents, zips, or others. Ideally I want to host these in S3.


#4

Yeah I was also curious as to why it costs so much.


#5

My guess is that bubble revenue is made from storage and hosting. They probably overcharge for fact that you can start for completly free.


#6

If you need storage, that will certainly add up. My app uses a bit of storage, for this reason I created my own S3 bucket for customer files, and used the AWS plugin - ☁️ AWS File Uploader No File Size Limit- New Plugin from Zeroqode

Only major problem I’ve found is that you can’t upload data directly to it that’s already in Bubble or comes from another input, ie a camera, audio recorder etc. I’ve got around this though by uploading those files directly to Bubble, then setting up a Zapier zap to send them to the S3 bucket and deleting the Bubble file after the Zapier zap has been sent.

A little fiddly to set up, but it does the job and the plugin is much cheaper than if you were going to use an extra 20GB+ of data storage.


#7

Are you able to relate an uploaded file, or list of files, to a record in your database?


#8

Yep, almost exactly the same as Bubble. You can save the S3 link in the Bubble DB.