To state that my net presence needed an upgrade would be the under statement of the decade. A quick glance at my legacy web site dashboard shows a perfect example of a static web site:
Joomla! Version: Joomla! 1.0.11 Stable [ Sunbow ] 28 August 2006 20:00 UTC
Your version of Joomla! [ 1.0.11 Stable ] is 1973 days old
The key to longevity of a static web site is ripping out all the framework components that you do not need, which in the case of Joomla was nearly all of them. A simple htpasswd file to lock down the Administration URL and you are quite safe. I would check on the site every couple years to make sure it was still static.
Fast forward to present day and I find myself work along side a number of active bloggers. The first push came from an off hand remark by Jeffrey Palermo that I should use my website to blog, but the final straw came from Jimmy Bogard who hosted a brown bag lunch discussion on blogging yesterday.
So how should I do this? After reviewing the free and paid options over on the WordPress.com website, I decided to host my own WordPress site on Azure. I watched the Keynote: Getting Started with Windows Azure talk by Scott Guthrie and wanted a reason to give Azure a try.
The are a couple great references on the net to get WordPress stood up on Azure, so I will not go into the details here. The follow links containing instructions and a tool for setting up your public storage container should get you going.
- WordPress on Windows Azure: Single-Site Deployment
- How to deploy WordPress using the Windows Azure SDK for PHP WordPress scaffold
- CloudXplorer - explore your cloud storage with ease