My original blog was hosted on Blogger and I decided I wanted to move my blog from Blogger to a self hosted WordPress blog on Azure PaaS (platform-as-a service). Why? Because I wanted to play with Azure, and because I wanted to see if I could do it. My first stumbling block was WordPress uses MySQL on the back end and in Azure, MySQL is managed by ClearDB and billed separately (which means I would have to pay extra!). Fortunately, A colleague of mine told me about Project Nami. Project Nami is a fork of WordPress that is built to use SQL Server or SQL Azure. Cool! that’s exactly what I want!
Installation was ridiculously easy. I browsed to their download page and clicked the blue Deploy to Azure button.
I then entered my azure subscription and voila, 5 minutes later, everything was working.