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How to Create a Microsoft Azure Account

Microsoft Azure is a popular hosting option for the Umbraco CMS. In this guide, we will take you through the steps to set up a free account.

Step 1

Navigate to

Sign up for a free Microsoft Azure account.

Step 2

Click to create a "Free Account" in the top right.

Step 3

Confirm that you wish to "Start for free".

Sign up for free.

Step 4

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.

Sign in to your Microsoft Azure account.

Step 5

Select the country you are based in and enter your date of birth.

Wait for a short time.

Step 6

Enter more detailed information about yourself.

Confirm your identification via phone call or text.

Step 7

Even though this is a free account for the first 12-months you will still need to enter your card details.

Enter your personal information.

Step 8

Finally, agree to the Microsoft Azure terms and conditions to complete the setup process.

Enter your payment details.

Step 9

Success. Now follow the link to the Azure portal. 

Confirm to agree to the Microsoft Azure terms.

Step 10

We would recommend you choose to "Take the tour" as the Azure portal is a really powerful (and extensive) SaaS product.

Go to your Azure portal.

Take the Azure portal tour.


Step 1

Sign up

Start a free trial of Site Builder.

Step 2


Tailor the look and feel with the Visual Designer to suit your brand.

Step 3


Add content with built-in eCommerce and third-party integrations.

Step 4


World-class and secure hosting backed by Microsoft Azure.