I am using DJango 1.8 and python 3.4.3, and I have been running my app on Debug mode, and found a way to show images inside a directory configured on MEDIA_ROOT, this was my first question and the solution I have found: How to upload and show images in DJango. But reading the docs I found that that solution is not suitable for a served app, so, if I stop using "Debug=True" the images will not be displayed, and I have to use one of the options exposed on this link: Static files on deployment but I don't have money to pay another server, I just can pay my hosting on pythonanywhere, and for the option to use the same server for the images, I don't have idea how to automate the
Django is not intended for serving up static files in a production environment.
If you are intending to use django's runserver to server up static files with DEBUG=False then use the --insecure flag.
You should never deploy a site with DEBUG = True due to security implications.
Here is a guide from pythonanywhere: https://help.pythonanywhere.com/pages/DjangoStaticFiles/
Static files and media assets are 2 different things.
collectstatic collects static files from different locations and puts them all in a single folder.
Media files are things the user uploads (e.g. photos, documents etc.). So you have a settings.MEDIA_ROOT for this.
collecstatic won't do anything to media files, they will just be there already once the user uploads them.
Frameworks like Django aren't going to cover automatic production server configuration - that is something else you will have to learn unfortunately.
There are a lot of good guides around e.g. this one
Re server costs, I'm sure you can find a host to give you some free credit, or pay $5/month for a server somewhere...