Let’s start with a quote from Wikipedia: “Microsoft Azure is a cloud computing service created by Microsoft for building, testing, deploying, and managing applications and services through a global network of Microsoft-managed data centers“. In today’s world of IT, each and every IT pro should know at least the basics of Azure, if not somewhat more.
In this first post about Azure for Beginners, I show how to create a so called App Service in Azure by creating a WordPress blog running on a Azure Linux virtual machine in a few easy steps. If you are not familiar with Azure, start by signing up to Microsoft Learn to see their available free Azure courses. For these instructions you will need an Azure account. If you do not have one, sign up for a free Azure account which lets you access a bunch of free services for 12 months, and $200 / €170 in free Azure credits for your first month to get things going.
OK, let’s create a WordPress blog. Sign into the Azure portal at https://portal.azure.com/ using your Azure account credentials. Select App Services in the navigation pane, click Add, and then select WordPress on Linux:
A new pane opens at right, click Create:
Enter your preferred subdomain / app name for the blog (#1 in screenshot below), select new resource group naming it as you wish (#2, read more about resource groups). Select Database (#3), and set up a SQL database name and credentials (#4) accepting the default pricing tier. Click OK (#5), click Create (#6):
Deployment of your new app service starts immediately. Be patient. It will take a few minutes to complete:
When it’s done, you can pin your new app service to the Dashboard and open it by selecting Go to resource:
In Overview, click your blog URL:
Setup WordPress admin credentials and select Install WordPress and log in:
That’s it! You have now a hosted WordPress site running on an Azure Linux VM. In the beginning it uses the default theme but you can now start customizing and installing plugins:
If you want to, you can also buy a custom domain for your site directly from the Azure portal. Please note, credits on your free Azure account cannot be used to buy a domain:
Next time we will create an Azure virtual machine. See you later, geeks!
Author: Kari Finn
A former Windows Insider MVP, Kari started in computing in the mid 80’s writing code for VAX / VMS systems. Since then, he’s worked in a variety of IT positions. He specializes in Windows image capture, customization, repair and deployment as well as Hyper-V virtualization. Kari is a proud Team Member at number #1 Windows site TenForums.com.