The biggest part of the delay on getting my blog back up and going really related to me procrastinating about setting it up in Azure again. Last time I setup my WordPress blog on Azure I was using MySQL via the ClearDB service. It worked ok but it all got to hard when I had to restore my blog when I accidently deleted it L.
Getting back into the office this year I committed to myself to getting my blog back up and going again, I was at the point where I was just going to go back to hosting it with www.wordpress.com and move off Azure. But with the aim of continuing to learn about Azure (using it, managing it etc) I decided to make one last effort to get WordPress going on Azure. First things first I’m a believer in asking people that have done it before, so I asked JB (https://twitter.com/jiminynzl) and he point me at http://projectnami.org/ and OMG it was so simple to get up and going with Project Nami. Last year when I looked at this I could have deployed from www.github.com but it would have taken a little bit of work (I was thinking that’s what I would have had to do today). The new approach using Azure Resource Manager via the deploy to Azure button is crazy simple! Click click click and you are done!
Post deployment I have done a couple of other things also, to avoid the issues of the past I’ve configured to automatically backup my Azure Website and SQL DB, I’ve also added SSL (www.name.com had a RapidSSL cert for $9.99 USD a year!).
In summary if you want to run WordPress on Azure this tool is a MUST to check out! Thanks to the team at Project Nami for providing a great tool! You can find them on Twitter at https://twitter.com/projectnami