Google Cloud Platform - Keep My Websites Free

I use Google Cloud Platform to host my websites. This is how I make sure the platform stays free and investigate the costs that appear.

1. Set a budget email alert

Billing => Budget & Alerts => Create Budget => Set Amount to 0 => Finish.

2. See which project has costs

Billing => Reports => See which project has costs.

3. See the description of the cost

Billing => Transactions => See description of the cost.

In my case it was “Cloud Storage Standard Storage Europe Multi-region: 0.217 Gibibyte-months [Currency conversion: USD to CHF using rate 0.961]” with the artifacts from building the code before each release.

4. Automatically delete build artifacts

Storage => Browser => *.artifacts.* => Lifecycle Rules => Add Rule => Age => 1 => Action => Delete => Save.

5. Delete past build artifacts

Storage => Browser => *.artifacts.* => Select all folders => Delete.

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Updated on 2020 Apr 21.

DISCLAIMER: This is not professional advice. The ideas and opinions presented here are my own, not necessarily those of my employer.