If you are looking to get started with Azure, and your needs are simple, you can get by for the price of a single (fancy) coffee each month. In this post, you will learn how to host a simple Web application with a SQL Server back end.
Hosting a Web App
For hosting the Web application, create an Azure App Service. App Service supports .NET, Java, Node.js, PHP and even Python. The great thing about Azure App Service is the pricing starts at free. The free plan is limited to 60 CPU minutes a day, 1GB RAM, and 1GB disk space. This is perfect for development or a very low traffic web site. The free site has the additional limit of not being able to use a custom domain. If you are looking to take your web site to the next level you can move to the shared plan which will cost you approximately $9.67/mo.
When on a budget, you can’t go wrong with the Azure SQL Database. Prices start at just $4.98/mo for the Basic tier. This will give you 2GB of storage and 5 DTUs. Enough for development and testing your next big thing.
Wether you are looking to learn a bit about Azure, support developing a new app, or host a simple app you get started for around $5-15/mo depending on your needs. (And yes, I’m pretty sure my Wife has paid $15 for a fancy coffee.)
More free stuff… For those completely new to azure, don’t forget Microsoft offers $200 in free credit to get you started.