Free self-hosted WordPress blog on Windows Azure

Recently, Scott Hanselman challenged software developers to blog more – to stop “wasting their words.”
He emphasized how important it is to own your own domain and content and so I looked for a way to self-host a WordPress blog, for free. (I chose WordPress because I previously had a WordPress-hosted blog)

Here’s how to do it:

1) Sign up for Microsoft BizSpark** program.
2) Sign up for Windows Azure using the BizSpark Azure benefits
3) Create a new WordPress blog website (from the gallery)
4) Create a CNAME with your domain registrar to point your www name to the name Azure gives you.
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5) In Azure, convert your site from “Shared” to “Reserved” in the Scale section.
6) Add your www name into the website configuration of Azure
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7) Blog.

There you go, free blog for 3 years.

**There are certain eligibility requirements for the BizSpark program, so please make sure you qualify before going down this path.

One Comment

  1. Steve Postma said:

    Great Idea Chris. I’ll try it out and let you know how it goes.
    -Steve P.

    November 28, 2012
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