Building with Azure

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Building with Azure

This page goes thru some of the steps that I follow to publish to the web using Microsoft's Azure


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Making it Happen


First I edit the website in a Help manager called Help and Manual. They even posted a link to my content here




After editing, I then publish the site into a DropBox folder. This folder is one that is shared with Azure just like when you share a Dropbox folder with a friend.





This transfers about 600 html and 2000 images to Dropbox.  Ok, that sounds like a massive upload but its not as Dropbox is quite smart and works out which files have changed and only transfer those to the internet.  




When Dropbox has finished synchronizing, I then log into the Management Portal of Azure




I choose my web app in the portal




I choose deployments and Dropbox is synchronized. Even the biggest updates (1000 pages and images) can take only a couple of minutes







Deploying with Azure in this way is very interesting because it doesn't involve any ftp synchronizing and because you don't have to know much about the web.  Apart from using a desktop tool like Help and Manual as I have done, you could well build your site in Expression Web or even fill a folder using pdf files that you generate from your Access database.




The Azure site is blazingly fast when you view it in Australia.  My Access MVP pals tested it from around the world and they also reported pretty good performance.




If you want to run a combination of online web content and this desktop synchronized content, you should do some serious testing.  It is possible to have different sub webs hosted in Azure but that is way beyond the knowledge of this mere mortal. Me I am happy that I can keep on creating good content that displays quickly and not have to think too much about "the cloud"

I wrote a different version of this Azure Website story for Linked in


Setting Up


After adding a web app, find Development Options.  You will see Dropbox as an option in there