I've just started to test the Windows Azure webrole in a staging environment and selected the 'small' instance. The pricing is .12\hour. If it's enabled (even in staging) does that mean I'm charged every hour it's enabled where there is any computing costs or not?
So, for example, if no one visits the website from midnight to 5am CST, would I be charged those 5 hours? 60 cents doesn't mean much but over the course of a year it's $219. I can get an entire year of hosting a small website at discountasp.net for under that. I'm actually thinking that MS would charge it based on seconds where computing is happening and charge by an hour after that but not sure. If not, I don't see why anyone would put a website on Azure of other discounted hosting providers. If anyone has a link showing the caculator for computing costs, please let me know.