Today, Microsoft announced it was creating what it’s calling “a Scalable CMS solution with WordPress.”
This week we released a MAJOR set of updates to Azure. SQL DB GA, API Management GA, Role Based Access Control, more: http://t.co/Sb425aJssM
— Scott Guthrie (@scottgu) September 12, 2014
In short, it’s a quick installer that
- spins up an instance of a standard-tier Azure website,
- adds a MySQL database (and MySQL DB server, if you don’t already have one),
- creates an Azure Storage container to hold the wp-content folder (and allows you to create an Azure Storage account if you don’t have one)
- puts a default WordPress install on that site, and
- adds a special plugin that communicates with the Azure Storage account.
Much of the code I produce for my day job runs on Azure (both IaaS and Websites), and most of my employers’ websites run on WordPress. (None of those sites are hosted on Azure, however.)
Since a lot of my code does something to a WordPress site, and most of the code I write runs on Azure, you can imagine my joy at having a quick and easy way to spin up and manage WordPress test installs on Azure.
So I went ahead and set up an instance. Here’s a walkthrough, as well as my experience.