Excessive Hosting Costs on Google Cloud

Hi Community,

I’m not a programmer or developer but I’m hoping someone here can help me. Apologies in advance if this question is in the wrong place.

Our company had a fairly basic website put together and after it went live we decided a CMS would be handy while we plan and develop V2 of the website.

We had a design company do the front end and someone else do the back end and integration and we have now fallen out with them over the issue.

Prior to the CMS integration our hosting costs on Google Cloud Platform were a few cents a month. As soon as the Strapi CMS was integrated our hosting cost went up to $300-$600AUD per month.

As I mentioned its not an overly complicated site and I don’t think we have that much traffic so the hosting cost seems very excessive.

Our developers said they have checked everything and it’s just a cost of doing business but it doesn’t seem right to me. My guts tell me that the Strapi CMS and our cloud hosting are constantly updating even though I very rarely change anything in the CMS.

Any help that you may be able to provide would be much appreciated.


System Information
  • Strapi Version: v3.5.2
  • Operating System:
  • Database:
  • Node Version: v14.17.6
  • NPM Version:
  • Yarn Version:

I’m not an expert, but It depends on:

  • primary technology used: Google cloud Run / Virtual Machine in Google compute engine / Google App Engine ?
  • where is database? virtual machine / cloud sql / another…
  • number of visitors or users each month, and distance between users and service endpoint running
  • other technologies/API: DNS Cloud, CDN, Load Balancer…

You should attach the last invoice or report to see the costs in detail.

Indeed, as @msoler75 said it depends on the architecture structure. Managed databases are expensive (especially in the larger cloud providers like GCP/AWS/Azure/ect).

We need more information as to all the “parts” that fit together.