For years I hosted this blog on wordpress.com. Creating a blog there is very simple. WordPress walks you through the process of choosing a name, choosing a theme, setup some options, associate a custom domain name and you’re done. Over the last week I decided to give Azure WordPress Hosting a try.
The drawback to hosting your site on wordpress.com is customization is limited. Plugins, SEO optimization, eCommerce all are unavailable or cost extra.
One day I was searching through the Marketplace on Azure and saw the familiar WordPress title. A search gave me this result:
There are over 20 different flavors of WordPress available for hosting your own easily on Azure. What our friends at Microsoft have done is reduce the Azure WordPress Hosting workflow down to something roughly as simple as creating a site hosted on wordpress.com:
The best part about this? It’s 100% free. For an extra $10 bucks you can set up a custom domain to point to your site.
This site is one of those Azure $10 sites.