How to host a website in Azure

In this post we are going to learn how we can host a website in Azure. Azure provides a way to host websites as easy as possible. It will just take few minutes to host your websites in Azure. The only perquisites are, you must have a registered domain name and MSDN subscription. Here I will show you how you can do this. I hope you will like it.

What is Azure?

Azure contains managed services, pre built templates, integrated tools which makes easier to build mobile,enterprise, IOT applications. It is pretty much faster and it provides much spaces on the cloud for us. The simplicity of Azure makes any user to be more productive.


Previously I have hosted my personal website in GoDaddy. As my one year hosting plan got expired, I was in a thinking where I should host my Website.


Yeah I was in a deep thinking!!!.

Finally I decided to host it on Azure. Billion thanks to Prabhjot Sir for giving me a platform to work in Azure. So in this article we will see how to host a website in Azure. Shall we start?

Steps to host a website in Azure

If you are new to Azure, please read some basics here : Azure Basics

Creating a Web App

What you need to do first is creating a web App. Once you created, You can see a screen as follows.

Web App In Azure

Web App In Azure

Now it is time to move on.

Configure FTP

Click on the Dashboard and download the publish profile.

Download The Publish Profile In Azure

Download The Publish Profile In Azure

Once you downloaded, please open that file and find the FTP details.

Use CTRL+F and find “ftp”

FTP Details In Azure

FTP Details In Azure

Now download the Filezilla application which makes your file transferring much easier than anything. And open it . Paste the ftp details (ftp address, user name, password) which you copied from the downloaded file from Azure

Using FileZilla Application

Using FileZilla Application

Go to File-> Site Manager

Site Manager In FileZilla Application

Site Manager In FileZilla Application

Click Connect After you have given settings as shown in the above image. Once you are done with that, in the right side there will be some folders listed in the Filezilla application, please paste your website contents to the site->www folder.Now if you come back to your webapp, you can see the URL, please click on that link.

Web App URL in Azure

Web App URL in Azure

So you can browse for your website, I hope it will be live by now.

Sibeesh Passion

Sibeesh Passion

So we have successfully hosted a website in Azure.

Heard about Bizspark? Find out here How to join Bizspark if not.


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Kindest Regards
Sibeesh Venu

5 thoughts on “How to host a website in Azure”

  1. Hi Sibesh,
    I have many doubts in azure, I have listed out point by point.

    1. What is private and Public cloud?
    Is it like shared and dedicated.

    2. I have a web and mobile app which is hosted on a dedicated server with Cent os lamp. If i want to host it on azure what should i do . Could you please tell me.

    3. Like dedicated server is there any hardware firewalls for our instances in azure cloud.

    1. In case of Private Clouds, cloud services are maintained for one client. It may be managed internally or externally by Internal IT or third-party. This gives organization little edge on security but same time because of small scale they won’t able to cost benefits of virtualization but same time

      Public Cloud is extension of private cloud with additional cost-benefit due to service-provider orients low cost cloud storage to enterprise. Public Cloud like Microsoft Windows Azure passed the benefit of shared infrastructure and automation in term of low-cost.

      Read more here:

  2. hai sibeesh this is eswar i read your article about azure i have some doubts regd how to host a website can u pls clarify those for me

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