Windows Azure : Using WebMatrix to Create WordPress Multisite in Azure

By | February 28, 2013


In case you have not tried Windows Azure to host your blog, I think it is time todo so; because Windows Azure is also capable to host many types of blogging platform such as WordPress.  I stumbled upon “Convert a WordPress Site to Multisite” – when trying to figure-out how to host my blog in Windows Azure.

Instead of using FTP or GIT as described in that article, I use WebMatrix and standard WordPress configuration in Windows Azure. The WebMatrix allow us to load deployment configuration XML directly from the Windows Azure web sites – so basically we don’t need to perform extra configuration on the client side.

By default, Windows Azure website will provide sub-domain under * ; for example To use custom domain, Windows Azure must be able to validate that you are the owner of that domain. There are 2 method of validation, using name alias (CNAME) or using address (A) record. For example, to validate that you are the owner of, Windows Azure will perform one of following validation:

  1. Using name alias (CNAME),  checking that is name alias of
    Limitation, you can’t use wildcard validation – because you will not be able to map as alias.- OR-
  2. Using Address (A) record, add address (A) record of to point to IP address of . Add name alias (CNAME) for A record validation, in this case as name alias of This method will enable mapping default domain to Windows Azure website. For example, @ will need validation alias as name alias of .

For more detail about custom domain configuration, please refer to Configure a custom domain name for a website article.

For complete step using WebMatrix to create WordPress multisite in Azure, check-out following web-cast:

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