Azure Websites: “Website is currently not available…Please try again later.”

  In support we often receive support calls about the error message, “Website is currently not available…Please try again later”, when browsing to an Azure website. In this blog, we will cover the reasons for this and your options to restore operations for your site if you see this error. There are 3 conditions that…

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My SSL Certificate doesn’t work on Azure Websites

In this post I will discuss 2 issues you might encounter when configuring an SSL certificate on Azure Web App. The certificate does not show in the drop-down. Browsing to your website over SSL / HTTPS you receive a security warning and the Azure Website wildcard certificate is delivered. The certificate does not show in…

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Viewing Process Information for Microsoft Azure Web Sites.

Hello, I’m Finbar Ryan and I am a Senior Escalation Engineer in Microsoft Support. I help customers resolve issues on the Microsoft Web Stack which includes Azure WebSites. I’m interested in troubleshooting, helping customers, and the world of Open Source Software. Today, I’d like to talk to you about how you can understand what’s going…

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Azure Powershell Script to list Sites / Staging / Deployment Slots for Web Hosting Plans

  Before discussing about the Azure PowerShell Script, below is a brief about Web Hosting Plans and Deployment Slots in Azure Web Sites; if you are not using them already. Web Hosting Plans gives you an option to isolate the web sites within the Resource Groups for the region. It provides efficiency in maintaining the…


Enable System.Net tracing on Azure Websites (unable to connect to remote server)

It is becoming a common scenario that customers of Azure Web Apps are making requests to services hosted on other Azure IaaS or PaaS platforms, services not hosted on the Azure platform (on premise) and which use the System.Net class.  For example, making a request from your code that uses either of the following code snippets: HttpWebRequest…

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Azure Websites: Has Your WordPress Site Started Running Slower?

Our product group has posted many excellent blogs on deploying, testing and troubleshooting various issues with WordPress deployments on Azure Websites. While I do recommend these and they would likely expose the issue I am going to discuss here, the root cause of the problem and the steps necessary to resolve it would still not…

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Mapping a custom subdomain to an Azure Website

Mapping a custom domain name to your Azure Web App (Website) is based around a very important principle.  The principle being that you need to add a CNAME with a HOST = awverify.  This is how we confirm that you are indeed the owner of this domain.  If you have access to the DNS file…

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Mapping a custom naked domain to your Azure Website, a URL with no www

A naked URL means that there is no www before the domain name and domain extension.  For example, http://www.benjamin.perkins.me which I use often to troubleshoot and experiment with mapping custom domains to my Azure Web App.  An example of how to do map a custom domain is provided here, and would more than likely result in your…

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Mapping a custom domain with a special character to an Azure Website

Azure Web Apps have not always supported the mapping of custom domain names with special characters in them, but it looks like it does now.  I was able to map a custom domain with a special character to my Standard mode Azure Web App. To successfully configure an Azure Web App custom domain with a…

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Mapping a custom domain to a Traffic Manager on Azure Websites

I wrote an article here about using Traffic Manager with your Azure Web App, please take a look at it to get more context for this article.  When you create a Traffic Manager, for example, with a name of EUROPE, similar to that shown in Figure 1, the URL which you must direct your requests to…

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