How to set up WordPress behind Azure Front Door

Ajinkya Bapat 1 Reputation point

I have WordPress site running on Azure VM(Ubuntu 18.04) at
I have set up both "home" & "siteurl" settings in "options.php" to the above hostname.

Now I want to setup Azure Front Door with custom domain & SSL certificates that I will be getting from my client.

1) I understand that I will be adding a CNAME record pointing to the Azure Front Door URL.
2) I also assume that I will be importing SSL certs in Azure Key Vault & granting Azure FD access to it.

But I am not sure about the settings I need to change on the WordPress, VM & Azure FD backend part.

1) How do I configure WordPress settings? Shall I set "home" & "siteurl" to the custom domain?
2) Do I need to add those SSL Certs on VM running Apache as well? or just adding them to FD will be sufficient?
3) How do I configure the Origin on Front Door? If I use Custom Host, what hostname shall I put? The VM one or the custom domain(surely not)? Or is there any other option to select backend host?

In short what I want is:

User enters:
Request goes to Front Door
Front Door redirects it to WP on VM
Content is displayed on the same URL:

Please assist.

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  1. Andriy Bilous 8,121 Reputation points

    Hello @Ajinkya Bapat

    Your Azure Front Door cloud architecture for WordPress VM-s solution may look like:


    1) You need to modify your wp-config.php. It should contain the following settings:

    define('WP_SITEURL', 'http://' . $_SERVER['HTTP_HOST'] . '/');  
    define('WP_HOME', 'http://' . $_SERVER['HTTP_HOST'] . '/');  

    or you may change it to your domain

    define('WP_SITEURL', '' );  
    define('WP_HOME', '');    

    2) Add SSL certificates only to FD
    3) To configure an Azure VM as back-end-pool on Azure Front Door, you can do either of the following:
    Select Backend host type as Public IP address, select the correct subscription and add the NIC/Public IP of the VM which you want to add as the Backend host name.
    Select Backend host type as Custom host and add the FQDN/DNS name of the VM which has the Public IP address and application on it as the Backend host name.

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