Installing WordPress on Azure

Microsoft Azure is a leading cloud computing provider, competing with the likes of Google and Amazon. In this article, we will explore how to deploy WordPress to the cloud using Microsoft Azure cloud computing services.

Cloud computing offers a vast array of possibilities, and Microsoft Azure is no exception. Upon registering for a free Microsoft Azure account, you will be presented with the Azure dashboard, which provides a glimpse of what cloud computing has to offer.

To get started, you will need to sign up for a free trial account, which comes with $200 worth of cloud computing resources. This account is free but requires a valid credit or debit card for verification purposes. Prepaid and virtual credit cards are not supported.

One of the key features of cloud computing is the pay-as-you-go model, which means you only pay for what you use. However, heavy traffic load on your WordPress site may result in an increase in your monthly bill due to auto-scaling of allocated resources. To address this issue, Microsoft Azure has a clever workaround called the Spending Limit. With the spending limit active, Azure won’t let you spend more than the fixed amount you set, starting from zero dollars.

To install WordPress on Microsoft Azure, follow these simple steps:

1. Login to your Azure Management Dashboard.

2. Navigate to the menu bar at the bottom of the screen and press New.

3. Select Compute > Web App > From Gallery.

4. From the gallery, select WordPress and click the next arrow.

5. Under Site Settings, enter the name of your site and leave the rest of the settings as is.

6. Give a name to the database used by your WordPress site and click the tick button.

7. Once created, you’ll find a new entry under web-apps by the name you chose in step 5.

8. Select your desired language and fill in the necessary information.

9. Click on Install WordPress to continue.

10. Your WordPress dashboard is now ready.

Microsoft Azure offers a host of advanced settings, including the ability to enable/disable software such as .NET, PHP, Java, and Python. You can also get a bird’s eye view of the resources consumed by WordPress, relative to a fixed unit of time.

Unfortunately, domain name mapping isn’t allowed in the free trial. However, if you like what you see, you can upgrade to a Pay As You Go membership to enable custom domain names.

In conclusion, installing WordPress on Microsoft Azure cloud computing platform gives us a glimpse of the amazing things cloud computing has in store for us. If you’re interested in learning more about Microsoft Azure, give it a try and let us know what you think!

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