Ruslan's Blog Posts

Mar 27, 2014

In the beginning of the year Windows Azure Web Sites team has released a preview of the Staged Publishing functionality. The Staged Publishing allows you to create a staging site slot where you can publish a new version of the...

Dec 11, 2013

The recent upgrade of Windows Azure Web Sites includes several PHP related improvements: First , the PHP 5.5 is now available. The PHP 5.4 becomes the default version used for newly created sites. Note that there is no SQL Server...

Oct 25, 2013

Windows Azure provides a reliable web sites hosting infrastructure where sites data is replicated in Azure data centers for redundancy. However it is still important to do regular backups of the site’s content and databases in...

Jul 01, 2013

Azure Web Sites started to support custom domains SSL functionality recently. There are two SSL modes supported: SNI based SSL. This is an extension to SSL and Transport Layer Security (TLS) that allows multiple domains to share...

Jun 28, 2013

My site (RuslanY.net) is powered by WordPress and is hosted on Windows Azure Web Sites . I’ve migrated it from a private hosting to Windows Azure last year and since then I am pretty happy about the level or reliability and performance...

Mar 20, 2013

Windows Azure Web Sites has recently been upgraded to a new version. Among all the improvements and bug fixes in the new version there is one change that fixes a known issue with update of WordPress plugins . There have been numerous...

Jan 30, 2013

The need to diagnose and troubleshoot application’s failures often comes up during deployment to a hosting environment. Some configuration settings in hosting server may differ from what application expects. Often it is not as...

Dec 17, 2012

In my previous post about the migration of a WordPress site to Windows Azure I mentioned that I used phpMyAdmin to import existing blog data into a MySql/ClearDb database in Windows Azure. phpMyAdmin is a web based tool for administering...

Oct 22, 2012

I have not been writing any blog posts for a while. That was because for the past two years I have been busy working in a team that develops the Windows Azure Web Sites – a scalable web hosting platform in Windows Azure. Now that...

Jun 28, 2011

The latest release of PHP Manager 1.2 for IIS now includes Windows PowerShell commands that can be used to install, configure and manage PHP on IIS 7 from command line. In addition those commands can be used to automate the configuration...

May 16, 2011

A month ago I have stopped using Google Analytics for my site and instead gave a try to Piwik – an open source, PHP/MySQL based real time web analytics application. Since then it has been working well for my site and overall to...

May 09, 2011

The WinCache Object Cache plugin provides a persistent memory-based backend for the WordPress object cache. An object cache is a place for WordPress and WordPress extensions to store the results of complex operations. On subsequent...

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