How to Host Your WordPress Site on Microsoft Azure

There are many reasons why you might want to host your WordPress site on Microsoft Azure but here is a short list:

Flexibility

Azure offers a free tier, which gives you a fully functioning WordPress site with a few limitations. You can deploy the site to any region within Azure and the performance is good, even in highly populated regions. For example, you can host your WordPress site in the South Pacific Northwest (Seattle area) and have very fast page loads due to the region’s high bandwidth capacity. Similarly, you can host your blog in a region with limited capacity and still have slow page loads due to insufficient resources. The key takeaway from this is that you have flexibility with regard to where you host your WordPress site and the extent to which you optimize it for speed.

Scalability

Microsoft Azure offers several different sizes of compute resources which you can use to host your WordPress site. If you are starting out, I would recommend going for the Standard tier which comes with 2 virtual CPUs and 8GB of memory. This should be more than enough to comfortably handle all the site’s workload. You can also scale up your resources as needed by simply selecting the + button at the top right of the Azure portal and all your instances will be updated immediately.

Cost Effective

There are several cost-effective AWS alternatives to Azure, including Google Cloud Platform, however, I would recommend choosing Microsoft Azure over other hosting platforms for the following reasons:

SSL/TLS Encryption

Since you are uploading confidential and/or private information (e.g., credit card numbers, social security numbers, etc.) to your site, you should look for a web host that supports SSL/TLS encryption. When encryption is offered, all the HTTPS requests between your site and a user’s web browser are encrypted, which adds an additional security layer.

If you are just starting out and are looking for a free web hosting solution, I would recommend going with Azure due to its easy setup and support for the most common CMSes (WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal). Furthermore, because Azure offers free tier limitations, you can try it out for free, see how it works, and only then decide whether or not to continue hosting your WordPress site on the platform.