Azure plus Web Apps plus the Azure Marketplace offer an easy route to spin up solutions quickly and efficiently in the cloud. The provisioning process takes care of Web App initialization, databases, resource groups and more.
For one of my engagements I was asked to come up ways to spin up online properties like blogs with little or no code. Accordingly, I've recorded a video of provisioning BlogEngine.NET into a Web App in Azure. BlogEngine is an easy to work with, CS;harp driven, blogging platform.
Watch the video below for a walk through using a Stop and Go tutorial format. After completing the video tutorial you will have stood up a complete blog in the cloud with no code and no database required. And you'll have a publicly addressable URL to share your thoughts.
We've got a great offering to get software and services into the hands of startups called DreamSpark. Unfortunately, activating some things, like the Azure benefit, can be a bit awkward. So I've put together a step-by-step walk through on my MSDN blog to help people out. My guide walks a student through activating a DreamSpark account and provisioning up a Web App using the Azure benefit. Surf over to it and check it out.
Blog article - http://blogs.msdn.com/b/devfish/archive/2015/08/11/dreamspark-and-student-azure-activation-step-by-step-walkthrough.aspx
Enjoy, and let me know what you think!