I am just starting to learn about Azure and I understand the difference between Web Sites, Cloud Services and VM's.

However in my Azure portal I can only see Web Apps and not Web Sites. Is this the same thing? If not what is the difference and how do I deploy to an environment that has the same characteristics of a traditional Web Site as explained in all the online documentation.


With the Azure App Service announcement Web Sites were renamed to Web Apps. Here's a list of old and new service names as well as changes introduced with App Services.

  • What happened to web roles? Are they now web apps, or logic apps? – Robert Oschler Mar 30 '16 at 19:45
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    Web and worker roles (aka Cloud Services) still exist, although they lag a bit behind App Services in supporting new features. Here's a comparison and guidance around choosing the best fit for your app. – BenV Mar 30 '16 at 20:12
  • Thanks! If you happen to know if Web Apps can open a standard socket or not that would be great. I'm referring to a plain old TCP socket, not a Websocket. In olden days only web role could do that, not lightweight web sites, so I chose a web role. That's the main thing I'll need to do and in a performant fashion in my upgraded project. – Robert Oschler Mar 30 '16 at 20:17
  • I'm pretty sure that is not possible with web apps. – BenV Mar 30 '16 at 21:55

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