Thanks for the feedback.AT commented
Still under review Microsoft? Do you care about your developers?
I feel my only option is to abandon Azure and waste the many years I've spent learning the Microsoft and Azure stack.
-Allow users to use the free credits over 12 or 6 or even 3 months.
-Or return to your previous offer with free monthly credits for a year.
-Or offer SSL on the shared plan. (sites without SSL are not an option)
Others have mentioned Microsoft Free websites and the Bizspark program:
Microsoft's free websites are for testing only, they don't allow custom domains or SSL and are therefore useless for anything other than testing. The Shared plan also has no SSL, sites without SSL are not an option.
You have to spend about £50-£60/pm for a basic site with custom domain and SSL. Good value for money? I don't think so...
The Bizspark program is no longer accepting applications, the only way to get onto the program is if you get picked up by one of the partners/incubators/investors. And if that's the case, you probably have something very good and would be offered funding for any platform you wanted anyway...
Come on Microsoft! I really hope you can review your current offers and make Azure a better choice.
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