How to Create a Website
This topic shows how to create a website from the gallery or by using the management portal.
For information about how to deploy your content to an Azure Website that you have created, see the Deploy section in Azure Websites.
How to: Create a Website Using the Management Portal
Follow these steps to create a website in Azure.
Login to the Azure Management Portal.
Click the New icon on the bottom left of the Management Portal.
Click the Website icon, click the Quick Create icon, enter a value for URL and then click the check mark next to Create Website on the bottom right corner of the page.
When the website has been created, you will see the text Creating website <website name> succeeded. You can browse to the website by clicking Browse at the bottom of the portal page.
In the portal, click the name of the website displayed in the list of websites to open the website's Quick Start management page.
On the Quick Start page, you are provided with options to get website development tools, set up publishing for your website, or set up deployment from a source control provider like TFS or Git. FTP publishing is set up by default for websites and the FTP Host name is displayed in the Quick Glance section of the Dashboard page under FTP Host Name. Before publishing with FTP or Git, choose the option to Reset deployment credentials on the Dashboard page so that you can authenticate against the FTP Host or the Git Repository when deploying content to your website.
The Configure management page exposes settings for your website, such as:
- version of .NET, PHP, Java, or Python for your website
- edit in Visual Studio Online
- SSL bindings
- custom domain names
- application and site diagnostics
- monitoring endpoints
- logging options
- app settings for the Azure environment (overriding in your development environment's Web.config, for example)
- connection strings (overriding in your development environment's Web.config, for example)
- script processors for specific file extensions like *.php
How to: Create a Website from the Gallery
The gallery makes available a wide range of popular web applications developed by Microsoft, third party companies, and open source software initiatives. Web applications created from the gallery do not require installation of any software other than the browser used to connect to the Azure Management Portal.
In this tutorial, you'll learn:
You'll build a WordPress blog that uses a default template. The following illustration shows the completed application:
To complete this tutorial, you need an Azure account. You can create a free trial account in just a couple of minutes. For details, see Create an Azure account.
Create a website in the portal
Login to the Azure Management Portal.
Click the New icon on the bottom left of the dashboard.
Click the Website icon, and click From Gallery.
Click CMS, then select WordPress. Click Next.
On the Configure Your App page, enter or select values for all fields:
Enter a URL name of your choice
Leave Create a new MySQL database selected in the Database field
Select the web scale group
Then click Next.
On the Create New Database page, you can specify a name for your new MySQL database or use the default name. Select the region closest to your website as the hosting location. Select the box at the bottom of the screen to agree to ClearDB's usage terms for your hosted MySQL database. Then click the check to complete the site creation.
After you click Complete Azure will initiate build and deploy operations. While the website is being built and deployed the status of these operations is displayed at the bottom of the Websites page. After all operations are performed, A final status message when the site has been successfully deployed.
Launch and manage your WordPress site
Click on the URL of your new website from the Websites page to open its welcome page.
Enter appropriate configuration information required by WordPress and click Install WordPress to finalize configuration and open the website's login page.
Login to the new WordPress website by entering the username and password that you specified on the Welcome page.
You'll have a new WordPress site that looks similar to the site below.
How to: Delete a Website
Websites are deleted using the Delete icon in the Azure Management Portal. The Delete icon is available in the Azure Portal when you click Websites to list all of your websites and at the bottom of each of the website management pages.
For more information, see Azure Web Sites.