TSQLTuesday.com – Quick WordPress Setup in Azure

When I agreed to host the T-SQL Tuesday site, I wasn’t sure what to do. I thought about just putting up a static page, one I’d edit, but in some conversations with Adam Machanic, he wanted to have a few people able to manage the site. That makes sense and means I have less to do.

My first thought had been to build a SQL database, set up a web page, maybe add some logins for people, etc. Sounds great, but that can be a lot of work, and while I don’t mind some projects, I don’t want a big project that’s just a small service. Especially for data that’s really just historical logging.

When I woke up one morning and found a domain transfer request, I felt some pressure to get something up quickly. One of the great things about using domains on the web is that I could build something quick, point the domain to it, and build something else in the background, moving the domain later. There might be redirect issues, but in this case I expect most people just hit the domain, tsqltuesday.com, so I decided to focus there.

Azure Websites

I had experimented a bit with Azure websites, setting a few up, and thought this might be easy. In fact, it was really easy, so I decided to write a bit about the experience. Note, this is what the experience is like in Mar 2017. It could change quarter to quarter, so use the process and images as a rough guide.

To get started, log into your portal. If you don’t have an Azure account, google how to create one, set it up, and then come back.

Once you have an account, click New and choose .

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From here, pick “See All” and then find WordPress.

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Once you select WordPress, you just click Create.

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I tried to keep this simple, and picked these options.

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one thing I had to do was pick a size above the free service. This is because the free services don’t allow custom domains, and while tsqltuesday.azurewebsites.net works, it’s not as cool at tsqltuesday.com. Plus Brent had already transferred the domain to me, so I was on the hook.

Once this was done, I had the site created.

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Once the deployment completes ,you have a blank WordPress site. You log in with your credentials and start configuring, just as you’d do on wordpress.com or with your own installations.

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I took a few guesses on how to organize the site, but I’ll discuss those late. This is really about getting a quick site up, one for your business, for your blog, or whatever you’d like. This is my second WordPress site on Azure, and I’m amazed at how easy it is.


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