Offer Extra Small Instance for Azure Websites
Currently the cheapest Azure website, ie Standard mode, is about $75 a month. This is unaffordable as many casual sites don't garner a value or revenue of anywhere near $75 a month.
Shared Mode can't be used for production sites as one buggy site will cause all 200 sites in the user's subscription to lock up until 24 hours is up. So even if I need a web site that consumes 4 CPU hours a day, I have no choice but to use the expensive Standard mode.
Alternatively, modify Shared mode to lock up only the site that has exceeded its quota instead of punishing the whole subscription.
I would like to host my websites on extra small hosted instance. Often websites are not overloaded and run just simple CMS and doesn't need a lot of resources.
We are planning to have XS available, no timeline yet
Daniel Kay commented
I second the request for an update... there is really no reason why an Extra Small instance is not available for this purpose.
Phil Winkel commented
Any update on this? kind of killing me. Want to get onto azure websites, but smallest option is overkill for my purposes.
Chad Thiele commented
Seriously can't wait for the XS Standard Website choice. Thank you for planning to implement it, that will steal a lot of customers from the shared hosts out there.
Joe Alfano commented
I also agree. On a shared instance, it seems not to be possible to use SSL. So to go from a web site on a shared instance to a small standard instance is a jump from $10 to $74. An extra small standard instance at about half the price of a small standard instance (i.e. $30-$40) would be perfect for me. Thanks for considering this feedback.
AdminJames Conard (Admin, Windows Azure) commented
Moved to the Web Sites feedback forum.
Daniel Mackay commented
I agree. It would be nice if there was some middle ground between a shared instance (currently $10 p/m) and a small reserved instance (currently $60 p/m). Something that provides more performance than a shared instance, but doesn't cost 6 times as much.
The website pricing (although free now) looks to be overkill for small sites. @jonas, the websites are similar to rackspace cloud sites. No server to really manage. just ftp your site and it works.
Jonas Stensved commented
What prevents you from configuring them to use a extra small instance? You can set the instance size and number of instances when deploying (and scaling).