Hosting web app with AWS, Azure or Google Apps

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hi EE Folks

i am thinking to create a web app for testing a few ideas in my mind, hence want to know your opinions to choose a right hosting and development platform from GAE, AWS and Azure.

baiscally, the requirements are (1) zero hosting cost during development, (2) zero hosting cost for low-traffic to the website, and (3) easily scale up with minimum changes to web app or configuration.

any thoughts or where can i see a comprehensive comparison regarding the three platforms in terms of free-tier, pricing, database, language support, custom domain name and SSL.

thanks & regards,
bbao
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If you are using Visual Studio just use a Free Azure account,you can always use a free website from Azure but you are restricted to not using your custom domain
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no, i am not using VS as i am working on Mac and prefer using Python as the primary language, if possible.

of course, i would not exclude VS as a choice especially if everything can be done using VS only. FYI i can always run a Windows VM on Mac.
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You get 12 months free with Azure https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/free/.  If you look at the specs in the free tier, it should be fine for development until you are ready to move up.  With Google you get a $300 credit for the first 12 months.  

Amazon also has a 12 month free tier that is similar to Azure  https://aws.amazon.com/free/  

I think you are best to try out MS and AWS and select from there.
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With Google you get a $300 credit for the first 12 months.

i can't find any official statement regarding this. are you able to share a link of this?

however, i found below on Google Cloud Compute Product (today's name of GAE?), does it mean i pay nothing for building a web app during its proof-of-concept and test stage when in the scope of free quotas?

Free quotas: Every application gets an amount of each resource for free. Free quotas can only be exceeded by paid applications, up to the application's spending limit or the safety limit, whichever applies first.

https://cloud.google.com/appengine/quotas
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https://cloud.google.com/free/

$300 free credit to get started with any GCP product.
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thanks for the information folks.

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