- Free web sites: These are primarily for evaluation purposes, enabling a free playground for anyone who wishes to experience Azure Web Sites at no cost. Free web sites have no SLA.
- Shared web sites: These reduce some of the restrictive quotas associated with Free, allowing you to run your web sites 24x7. However, shared web sites are still very much limited in capacity and feature set. Shared site have no SLA either.
- Basic web sites: These are designed for production of small to medium web sites. Basic web sites have all Azure Web Sites core abilities at a reduced priced.
- Standard web sites: These are designed to be used in production for medium to very large web sites. Standard web sites leverage the full range of Azure Web Sites capabilities, enabling advance scenarios such as high-availability and improved development operations (DevOps).
Azure Web Sites New Basic Pricing Tier
Editor's Note: This post was written by Yochay Kirtiaty, Principal Program Manager Lead on the Azure Web Sites Team With the April updates to Microsoft Azure, Azure Web Sites offers a new pricing tier called Basic. The Basic pricing tier is designated for production sites, supporting smaller sites, as well as development and testing scenarios. The Basic pricing tier includes core Azure Web Sites abilities, allowing you to run production sites at a lower cost. Basic pricing tier offers up to three instances of dedicated Virtual Machine running your web sites, SSL support, Scheduled Jobs, Endpoint Monitoring and more. For additional details about the Basic tier pricing, visit the Azure Web sites pricing page. How does basic effect any of my existing web sites? Any existing web site you have, either in Free, Shared, or Standard mode retains its current mode. No worries, your standard sites will remain in standard. In fact, with the introduction of the Basic pricing tier, we have enhanced the Standard pricing tier offering. The standard SKU now includes more storage, a free SSL connection, and other advanced features - all for the same price you paid until now. For additional details about the Standard tier pricing, visit the Azure Web sites pricing page. Which pricing tier is right for me? With the introduction of the Basic pricing tier, Azure Web Sites reduce the costs to production. With that said, you might be asking yourself “which one is right tier for me?” To make things simple, here are the main differences and properties: