Microsoft Azure is a popular hosting option for the Umbraco CMS. In this guide we will take you through the steps to setup a free account.
Navigate to https://azure.microsoft.com/
Click to create a "Free Account" in the top right.
Confirm that you wish to "Start for free".
Enter a new email address that is not already associated with a Microsoft Azure account.
Enter a password and be sure to take a note of it somewhere secure.
Select the country you are based in and enter your date of birth.
Wait for a short time.
Enter more detailed information about yourself.
Confirm your identification via phone call or text.
Even though this is a free account for the first 12-months you will still need to enter your card details.
Finally, agree to the Microsoft Azure terms and conditions to complete the setup process.
Success. Now follow the link to the Azure portal.
We would recommend you choose to "Take the tour" as the Azure portal is a really powerful (and extensive) SaaS product.