Greetings – I am a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist, an MCP, an MCSA and a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE). I am also A+ and Network+ certified. I have been working in “IT” for about 15 years now. There is never a dull moment and there is always more to learn.
This is my new ‘Riguy’ Blog/Website. It is a Microsoft Azure hosted site. I am using WordPress installed on top of the Azure Cloud platform. I am mainly exploring this free host service offering from Microsoft for personal exploration. I do use Azure for work, so I have a head start. But I like to use the free web site offering for experimentation and learning.
The Azure free site offers only very basic services, but for small web sites, this is great stuff! It is also excellent for developer testing. You basically put a name before “AZUREWEBSITES.NET” and that is the site name. The one that you are reading, for example, is “riguy.azurewebsites.net” [subject to change – I plan to soon move away from this developer type of scheme and have the full on website, i.e. www.riguy.com]
Conceivably, a small non-profit type of organization or individual could sign up for an Azure account, then set up a WordPress, Umbraco or Drupal CMS site (or whatever custom site is desired), then through the magic of DNS point your primary domain name to the Azure site. There is ample documentation on this on the web or from Azure, but in a nutshell you create needed DNS records for your domain and then edit the WordPress (a least in my case) configurations to point the site to the primary custom domain.
So, an Azure I.T. or developer type of free site is not necessarily powerful enough for nor intended for businesses. But the site will certainly run! Besides: it can easily be built upward or scaled, as and if needed. Upgrade of the service obviously means you will start to incur costs, but the mechanism to turn this up, so to speak, can be done within seconds within the Azure Portal.
PS: RI Guy = Rhode Island guy, because that is where I am originally from. Yup.