Configure and Scale Web App

Configure and Scale using the Portal

Once you have created your Azure Website, you can configure and scale it by using either portal. The exact procedure varies, depending upon the portal you use.

From within the portal, on the navigation bar on the left, click Web Apps. In the results pane, select the appropriate website. From the initial view, you can see a summary of usage.

You then can select the appropriate tab to configure and manage the website:

  1. Dashboard. Displays a summary of activity and options.
  2. Monitor. Provides more detailed statistics about website usage, requests, and errors.
  3. WebJobs. Enables you to view and configure WebJobs.
Configure Azure Web Apps
  1. Configure. Enables you to configure options for your website, including:
  • General.This includes the .NET Framework version, PHP version, Java version, Python version, managed pipeline mode, platform, web sockets, and always on.
  • Certificates. Enables you to configure and manage certificates used for SSL encryption.
  • Domain names.You can assign your own custom website domain name. Azure initially assigns one with the suffix For example, if you used the name Contoso, the URL would be If you want to use, you can configure that with the domain names option.
  • SSL bindings. Enables you to configure how you use SSL with your domain names.
  • Application diagnostics. You can enable and configure options for application logging.
  • Site diagnostics. You can enable and configure options for web server logging.
  • Default documents. Specifies which default documents are used on your website. For example, Default.html and Index.htm.
  • Virtual applications and directories. Enables you to define virtual directories and their relative paths within your website.
  1. Scale. Scaling your Azure websites involves two actions:
  • Changing your Web Hosting Plan mode to a higher level of service, or tier.
  • Configuring certain settings after you have switched to the higher level of service.
Scale Azure Web Apps

You can configure a number of website options to scale your website, including:

  • Web hosting plan mode. This option allows you to choose between the Free, Shared, Basic, and Standard hosting plan modes. Each of the plan modes supports a different set of features and capabilities. Plans in the Free and Shared modes run on a shared infrastructure with sites other customers create. These sites will have strict quotas for resource utilization. Plans in the Basic and Standard modes run on resources that are dedicated to your sites, and have fewer restrictions.
  • Capacity. This option enables you to define the instance count and size. Options available depend upon the selected web hosting plan mode.

The Basic mode enables you to choose between three instance sizes:

  • Small. Supports a single core with 1.75 gigabytes (GB) of memory.
  • Medium. Supports two cores and 3.5 GB memory.
  • Large. Supports four cores and 7 GB memory.

The Standard mode enables you to choose between the same instance sized as basic, but additionally, you can configure:

  • A schedule for scaling.
  • The scaling metric (none or CPU). If you choose CPU, you must configure the thresholds for automatic scaling to occur and the number of resultant instances.
  • The instance count.
  1. Linked Resources. You can use this option to link resources such as databases and storage to your website.
  2. Backups. You can only back up the website in the standard web hosting plan. You can configure an automated backup and an associated schedule.

Using the New Azure Portal

The procedure and options available for configuring your website from the New Portal are different. From within the New Portal, from the navigation bar on the left, click BROWSE, and then click Web App. Select the appropriate website from the returned list in the Websites blade on the right. In the blade for the selected website, you can view summary, monitoring, and usage data. On the toolbar, click More . You can change and then reset the publish profile, get the publish profile, and change the web hosting plan.

Browse the new website from the New Azure Portal:

  1. When the website creation is complete, in the Web Apps blade, click Browse. Internet Explorer shows the default webpage.
  2. Close the Internet Explorer tab, and then close the tab containing the New Portal, keeping the portal tab open.
Browse Web Apps from New Portal

View scaling and configuration options in the portal

  1. In the Portal, refresh the webpage.
  2. Select Web Apps, and in the web sites pane, click your new website.
  3. Scroll through the available options on the CONFIGURE tab.
  4. Scroll through the available options on the SCALE tab.