So it was time for a change for your site, correct?
Once I understood the Azure system, I embraced it and decided the future ezRider.bike would exist on this platform. The new website uses Entity Framework Migrations for the database. This is true one click web deploy and for me became a future requirement. I had some other requirements for the site. It must be mobile friendly and use Bootstrap. I also wanted the comments to be updating live using webAPI and to use MSSQL and stay within the Microsoft environment.
At this point, I became wrapped up in the technology and the desire for a good technical solution. I went on and I wrote the site. I focused on the database and making sure the information in there is live. What I had experienced on other sites was they are full of entries that could be a year old. My intention was to give the user strong search capabilities that discard old information. The site is strong on info and OK on beauty.
So you were cloud ready. What happened next?
As this was a side programming project, I had decided the site was good enough and usable. Now I needed to host it for real on Azure. Although I never really expected this site to have a high volume of users, you quietly hope it does. At this point I started to think about scaling - in other words what happens when all these weekend riders start coming online on Friday night. Does it just go slower? Does it stop? But no worries, Azure can just scale up more processors.
What I realized at this point, however, was it was a challenge to understand the Microsoft scaling pricing structure. While this would be easy for an existing site, for what is a start up site it was clear the costs would be high. I wanted to stay with Azure - I did not want to give up the simplicity and ease of use. I then started looking at the pricing structure for the Azure SQL. Same thing with the scaling. I also had decided the site was going to have SSL even though the info is public. This also led to increased fees on Microsoft Azure. The costs started to rack up and I was uncertain about what they would end up being. Even after all this, I still considered staying with Microsoft. But what I really wanted was a high value, clearly priced Azure like provider.
And then you found us.
I cannot remember how I came across Everleap, but what I do remember is that I stored your site in my favourites well before I launched and did not forget it. I was a bit skeptical, but I set about understanding the Everleap offer and I realized I got a lot for my money. I sent you a message asking some technical questions. I received a response within two days and to my surprise you had included instructions on how to do what I was asking. I took advantage of your 30 day free trial one week later. I got the website and database up and running using one click deploy in less than an hour. It was very easy and I was really impressed.
Not long after I came to the conclusion that, for my needs, I could not tell the difference between Everleap and Microsoft. It’s amazing what you can do with Microsoft technology and I’m amazed at how well Everleap integrates everything. I really can’t see why someone with needs similar to mine would do it another way. Your offer for a kick off site is hard not to consider and you get a lot of value.