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How to setup WordPress on Amazon step-by-step.

I've spent a lot of time seeking the ideal provider for my business sites. The offerings all have the same confusing jargon, similar features and prices.

I'm into my 3rd year using Amazon and think setting up a web server there

  • Is 50% cheaper than most hosting providers.
  • You'll have a faster website.
  • You can host multiple sites for the price of one.
  • Can have the same type of drag and drop website designer tools.
  • Setup HTTPS for free. 

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Why use a cloud provider?

A great analogy I once heard was that it's like wanting to compete in sport. If you want to get into racing bicycles, do you first learn to build the bike or is it better to buy one and start training.

Nobody owns cloud server rackspace anymore.

What can you expect from a cloud provider like Amazon

  • Having access to world class infrastructure.
  • You control the firewall, so can hook up to any service you want.
  • They make it easy to create a highly available (HA) website. You know there is a fail-over server, will be able to test it and know it is not just a vague promise anymore.
  • You get the ability to leverage Content Delivery Networks (CDN). A giant data cache that both off loads traffic from your servers and makes the performance of your website better.
  • You can split processing of data from your website to backend servers, enabling you to keep critical data away from the front-end which is exposed to the internet.
  • Getting the ability to quickly setup a VPN between the webserver and your offices.
  • You will be able to rapidly setup new systems. If you realise it's not working out the way you thought, you can teardown the system and the costs stop.


How much does the website cost?

The first month as a new user on AWS free tier it should cost you less than 5$, after that you can expect to pay 9$ per month.

Why not use AWS lightsail or the marketplace SAAS?

Yes, you would be faster, BUT, my guide starts by teaching you how to setup the VPS, manage security and configure the server.

Scripted automated setups might work at the beginning and break sometime later. You should know what steps these are doing. It's not difficult to learn, and I would recommend becoming familiar unless you want to pay hundreds or thousands to a developer for a 20-minute job. 

Inspired Yet?

For me, it all started when I tried out Amazon web services and realised the potential this kind of platform could provide.

They have taken away the entry barrier to world-class infrastructure. 

This service allows you to adapt architecture to your business needs. You can even make money by renting the additional space you have.

Part 1: Creating your Virtual Private Cloud.

You can find step by step instructions and screenshots in my blog "Setting up an Amazon AWS VPC".

First we decide which region to choose.

I help you understand CIDR IP block ranges.

We configure the subnets, router table and internet gateway.

You'll be ready to launch an EC2 web server.

Part 2: Secure your AWS Account.

Setting up MFA on your root account is a best practice.

It's super easy to do, so don't wait.

Amazon strongly recommends that you do not use the root user for everyday tasks, even the administrative on.

See my post on "Securing your AWS Account".

Part 3: Cost Management

Having this setup early will save you from having to pay money for services you might not be using.

 This will take you a couple of minutes to setup.

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The next videos will be on security groups, connecting via putty, web server setup and configuring WordPress. Register on my mailing list for a written update. I am also vlogging progress on YouTube and regularly sharing my story on Instagram.

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