New Site – New Skills
A few days ago a colleague of mine had occasion to navigate to my website. Now I hadn’t looked at it (much less maintained it) for about 5 years. Oh how embarrassing – it just looked so … amateur. He was quite gracious, of course, but I knew that I just had to buckle down and re-write it.
This unfortunate event coincided with my taking something of an interest in Azure so I figured I’d kill two birds with one stone and use Azure to host my new site.
My requirements aren’t particularly spectacular:
- A site that doesn’t look amateur
- Something I can blog to
- …that’s about it for now.
After about 10 minutes of digging around I figured that a WordPress site would probably be fine for my needs.
So, how easy is it to set up a WordPress site from scratch on Azure? Well, remarkably easy as it turns out. But that doesn’t mean that I didn’t need a little help along the way and so this is my aide-memoir of pages that helped me to get things up and running:
- Scott Allen’s excellent intro to Azure for Developers – Developing with .NET on Microsoft Azure – Getting Started
- A selection of DNS articles from Microsoft:
- I had problems forcing wordpress to use my custom DNS name for the site. The first link led me vaguely in the right direction, the second link actually fixed things up for me.
- And, because we all want that green address bar these days: Add an SSL certificate to your Azure Service App
- And then to make sure that folks were actually using the https version: Force redirect from HTTP to HTTPs the easy way!
The theme that I’m using (at time of writing this post) is Prasoon by Spiracle Themes.
The main page image was sourced from Adobe Stock