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Vanilla on Azure cloud

chanhchanh OngETC.com - CMS Researcher ✭✭

I manage to get Vanilla to run on Azure Cloud!

Please take a look here.
http://chanhvanilla.azurewebsites.net

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  • hgtonighthgtonight ∞ · New Moderator

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  • LincLinc Director of Development Detroit Vanilla Staff

    Any tips to add to the docs?

  • chanhchanh OngETC.com - CMS Researcher ✭✭

    There are many PHP CMS on Azure gallery and to create a PHP site on Azure is very easy but since Vanilla is not on the list so I have to manually configure it.

    The steps:
    . create a database on Azure via ClearDB and copy down the connection string
    . create a blank PHP site using Webmatrix
    . copy entire Vanilla distribution and paste into Webmatrix files view
    . click run in Webmatrix and go through the setup to make sure it runs
    . clear out all cache files
    . edit config.php to have the Azure connection string
    . add 'debug'=true
    . publish to Azure
    . go to Azure and see your site there
    . change 'debug'=false

    The benefit of Vanilla run on Azure is you don't have to worry about hardware upgrade, OS patches, scalable, performance, etc. Your site will get what it needs to run well you just pay for what you use.

  • @chanh said:
    Your site will get what it needs to run well you just pay for what you use.

    Can you explain more for me please? I have a Vanilla forum that gets around a million page views a month but is prone to huge peak spikes in traffic in short bursts. Very interested as I'm keen to move to a cloud server.

  • chanhchanh OngETC.com - CMS Researcher ✭✭

    This would be perfect for your case. You get the needed performance when your site is in heavy hit but it is best if you contact Azure support directly to confirm.

    https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/support/options/

    Simeon_Griggs
  • @chanh said:
    This would be perfect for your case. You get the needed performance when your site is in heavy hit but it is best if you contact Azure support directly to confirm.

    https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/support/options/

    Hmm ... perfect all except for the Webmatrix bit. I develop on a Mac and would rather not have to fire up a VM every time I need to access files...

  • whu606whu606 I'm not a SuperHero; I just like wearing tights... Moderator

    @Simeon_Griggs

    I recently moved from Bluehost hosting to self hosting on a VPS from Digital Ocean, which is $5 a month + VAT (I'm in Europe) for their basic option.

    It was a learning curve in terms of set up, but my site is now far more reliable, and far quicker in terms of page load.

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