Deploying Joomla on Windows Azure Web Sites

Today we have released the preview of Windows Azure Web Sites to –

Quickly and easily deploy sites to a highly scalable cloud environment that allows you to start small and scale as traffic grows.

Use the languages and open source apps of your choice then deploy with FTP, Git and TFS. Easily integrate Windows Azure services like SQL Database, Caching, CDN and Storage.

Using Web Sites it is very easy to deploy many different OSS based platforms such as Drupal, Joomla!, DNN or WordPress

This simple post will show the steps required to get a Joomla site up and running and with Web Sites this is a wizard driven process that takes around 10 minutes end-to-end. how easy is that?!

To start the process, in the new, HTML5 based, management portal you click the ‘NEW’ button on the bottom left

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In the menu that opens you select ‘WEB SITES’ and ‘FROM GALLERY’ to use one of the pre-canned solutions

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You could, of course, create your own instance and do anything you’d like on it.

In my case, from the gallery that opens, I select the Joomla! 2.5 item and click the next button

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and I’m then asked to provide the details for the deployment. these will, naturally, differ from platform to platform, but they usually follow the same line – url, username, password Smile as well as location for the deployment and database details.

For Joomla! I can select from MySQL (provided through ClearDB or Windows Azure SQL Database), I chose the former, just because-

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Next, as I opted for MySQL Database, I’m asked for the details around that

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and I’m good to go!

I hit the button and I can see my web site is being created, and then deployed

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a couple of minutes later, my web site is running –

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and I can see the detailed view –

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..as well as browse to it –

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and, after signing in, editing it –

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