# Saturday, November 1, 2014

A few months ago, I migrated this blog to Azure Web Sites.

I was aided by the fact that I use Das Blog as a blogging engine. This gave me two advantages:
1. I could select a Das Blog template from the Azure Web Site gallery, automatically configuring the appropriate settings for my site; and
2. Das Blog uses XML files instead of a database to store blog posts, so I was able to xcopy my entire blog to Azure.

The only real work was changing my DNS settings to point to Azure, which took a few minutes. I set the site to user the SHARED hosting plan, which lets me point a custom domain to it. More popular blogs (like yours) may need to use the BASIC or STANDARD Web Hosting Plan, but I stuck with the cheap one and it works fine for me.

The story here is what a non-story this migration was. My site was down less than an hour and most of that was because I messed up the DNS settings the first time. It is servicing requests just fine and I am saving money because this hosting plan is cheaper than what I paid to my old provider.

Currently, I'm not using any advanced features, such as Scaling, Autoscaling, and Web Jobs but those are available to me if I need them.

I love the simplicity of Azure Web Sites. If you are considering using Azure, this is a good place to start.

Saturday, November 1, 2014 11:27:51 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)