Backendless is now a fully free app builder for developers thanks to the Springboard Plan. Once unlocked, the plan has the same high limits as our top Cloud plan.
A lot of app development platforms have free plans. Typically, however, these plans are extremely limited in what you can do. This is not the case with the Backendless Springboard Plan.
With the Springboard Plan, Backendless becomes a fully free app builder with no coding required. Our free app building plan has the same limits as our highest-level paid Cloud Plan.
The only limitation with the Springboard Plan is that it can only be used for development. When you’re ready for outside users to start accessing your app, you will need to upgrade to a paid plan.
A fully free Backendless plan, Springboard may be “earned” by going through Backendless Missions. If you want to skip ahead, you can take a shortcut by unlocking the Springboard Plan through the Backendless Marketplace.
When you create a new Backendless app, you will automatically be enrolled in a free 30 day trial of our Cloud 99 Plan. Once that trial ends, you will need to switch to a paid plan unless you complete all of the Missions required to unlock the new Springboard Plan.
Backendless Missions can be completed on two different tracks – With Code and Codeless. When beginning your Missions, you will choose a Mission Starter Pack either Codeless or With Code. You can switch between packs at any time.
Note: Apps currently enrolled in the Free Plan that existed prior to the Version 6 release will also have access to the Springboard Plan. However, the old free plan will still be available for those apps as long as the apps stay on the plan.
The rules for unlocking the Springboard Plan are as follows:
Many Backendless developers will have multiple projects that they are working on at a given time. Often, in fact, you may choose to have multiple versions of your same app. For example, one for development, and one that’s deployed that users interact with. (We made it even easier to take this approach to development with the introduction of App-to-App Deployment.)
If you want to have more than one Backendless app on the Springboard plan, you may not want to go through the missions again. That’s why we made it so you can “purchase” the Springboard Plan through the Backendless Marketplace. The purchase can be made either using Backendless Bucks (BBs) or with a credit card.
Simply log in to the app you want to convert to the free Springboard Plan and navigate to the Backend section -> Manage -> Billing. There, you can select the Springboard Plan (if it is already unlocked via Missions) or pay the BB/USD cost to unlock the plan immediately. You may then switch to that plan at any time.
Additionally, on the Billing page, you will have the option to convert your BBs to credit. This credit can be used to pay for your monthly billing charges, purchase add-ons, or purchase swag from the Backendless Shop.
Thank you, and as always, Happy Coding!