I run a few different side projects or demo sites in Azure. Each site generally costs about $15/month to host. Thats about $10 for the Shared Azure Website (D1) and about $5 for the smallest Basic Azure SQL Database (B).
I wanted to get that price down a bit more. There’s not much I can do
about the $10 per website (App-Service as its called these days). If I
want a custom domain, and not
*.azurewebsites.net, the D1 is the
cheapest option. After I get up to about 7 or 8 sites, it then makes
sense to switch to the Standard service tier (S1), where I can cram all
the sites into a single underlying VM for about $72/month. For each new
site after that, the cost per-site is less than the shared D1 plan.
The databases are a different story: they are priced per database and have different tiers for various performance needs. I don’t need performance, and the Basic (B) tier is plenty for my hobby projects.
But I’d like to not have to spend $5/month for each hobby project.
Luckily with some creative coding I was able to cram multiple site’s data into the same B database. The trick is to use SQL Server Schemas.
Entity Framework Considerations
With EntityFramework, the DBContext wants to check version and migration history, which it stores in a table. Trying to mix multiple applications into the same schmea could be a recipe for pain and suffering as each application looks at the same migration history table.
But with a schema for each application, you can keep things nice and separate.
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app1 value could come from
appSettings or some other
configuration tool if you wanted.
Raw SQL Considerations
You can set a
DEFAULT_SCHEMA for each database user on the database.
So for example, Application 1 could have its own database login, like
wwwapp1, which is configured to use the default schema of
If you’re using raw SQL and the
DEFAULT_SCHEMA trick is not possible
for you, you’ll have to use string interpolation to build your SQL. Just
make sure the schema name comes from a trusted source so that its not
vulnerable to SQL Injection.