General Availability: Free hosting plan for WordPress on App Service
Published Apr 15 2024 08:40 AM 1,903 Views
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We are thrilled to share with you that WordPress on App Service free hosting plan is now generally available.

 

A quick look at our hosting plans:

Hosting Plan

WebApp Server

Database Server

Free

F1 Free Tier

(60 CPU minutes per day, 1 GB RAM, 1 GB Storage)

Burstable, B1ms Free trial

(1 vCores, 2 GB RAM, 32 GB storage, 396 IOPS)

Basic

B1

(1 vCores, 1.75 GB RAM, 10 GB Storage)

Burstable, B1s

(1 vCores, 1 GB RAM, 20 GB storage, Auto IOPS)

Standard

P1V2

(1 vCores, 3.5 GB RAM, 250 GB Storage)

Burstable, B2s

(2 vCores, 4 GB RAM, 128 GB storage, Auto IOPS)

Premium

P1V3

(2 vCores, 8 GB RAM, 250 GB Storage)

General Purpose, D2ds_v4

(2 vCores, 16 GB RAM, 256 GB storage, Auto IOPS)

 

The free hosting plan provides you with a playground to explore and experiment with WordPress on App Service. This will help you understand the offering better before you make a long term investment.

Note: This hosting plan is not suitable for production workloads. So it is highly recommended that you do not use this plan for a production set up.

 

Eligibility:

The free hosting plan take advantage of App Service F1 free tier and Azure Database for MySQL free trial. Your eligibility depends on your subscription type:

 

Subscription Type

App Service F1

Azure Database for MySQL B1ms

Free Account

Free Forever

750 hours per month for 12 months

Student Account

Free Forever

750 hours per month for 12 months

Pay as you go with Free Offer

Free Forever

750 hours per month for 12 months

Pay as you go

Free Forever

Chargeable

 

Note: Please refer to this FAQ for more details on Free Account : Azure Free Account FAQ | Microsoft Azure

 

Features and Limitations:

The free hosting plan takes advantage of multiple optimizations and features we built for WordPress on App Service on top of the inbuilt features for App Service and Azure Database for MySQL.

  1. Easy and Automated deployments from the Azure Portal
  2. Inbuilt Redis cache
  3. Accelerated WP Admin using local storage caching
  4. PhpMyAdmin for database management

However, there are certain points that you need to keep in mind.

  1. App Service F1 plan has limited capabilities compared to Shared or Basic or Standard plans. Read Azure App Service Plans | Microsoft Learn
  2. Azure Database for MySQL has 750 hours of Burstable B1ms instance for this free hosting plan. Read Azure Database for MySQL Free Trial | Microsoft Learn
  3. Integration with Paid services such as CDN, Front Door, Blob Storage, and Email Service is not included in the free hosting plan.
  4. Local storage caching is limited to 500 MB. We recommend that you do not exceed 500 MB in content, themes, and plugins.

Limitations:

  1. Since you are running on Free Tier, for App Service there is no support for Scale out capability and ‘Always on’ feature. They are disabled for F1 SKU.
  2. There is no VNET support, hence you cannot configure your WordPress site which is on Free trial within a VNET. However, to secure your data, you can configure the database behind the private end point. Details on how to configure with private end point can be found here: Use an Azure free account to try Azure Database for MySQL - Flexible Server for free | Microsoft Lea...

 

Monitor and track free service usage

You’re not charged for Azure App Service F1 SKU as this SKU is forever free. You're not charged for Azure Database for MySQL - Flexible Server services included for free with your Azure free account unless you exceed the free service limits. To remain within the limits, use the Azure portal to track and monitor your free services usage.  For tracking and monitoring your free services usage, refer to this document: Monitor and track Azure free service usage - Microsoft Cost Management | Microsoft Learn

 

Try it out creating either a Free Account or Student account:

  1. How to create student account for college students/teachers/professors: Azure for Students – Free Account Credit | Microsoft Azure
  2. How to create Azure Free account: Create Your Azure Free Account Today | Microsoft Azure

 

Support and Feedback 

In case you need any support, you can open a support request at New support request - Microsoft Azure.  

For more details about the offering, please visit  Azure/wordpress-linux-appservice (github.com)  

If you have any ideas about how we can make WordPress on Azure App Service better, please post your ideas at Post idea · Community (azure.com) or report an issue at Issues · Azure/wordpress-linux-appservice (github.com) 

or you could email us at wordpressonazure@microsoft.com to start a conversation.

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