After facing the fact that I desire a faster hosting provider, I actually finally decided to try out a few of Amazon’s hosting products. Amazon has so many web services that it can be a little formidable to get started out with them, but Choice to give it a go.
The very first thing that I looked for was your capability to host WordPress websites. After a little research, I found that Amazon had just introduced a program for WordPress. Applying their new “LightSail” product, I learned it turned out actually pretty straight forward to configure and load up WordPress. There are several other popular CMS applications as well, such as Drupal and Joomla. When you are considering an e-Commerce solution, Magneto is also supported.
LightSail is not for large deployments, but it’s pretty darn easy for smaller requirements. In a nutshell, you sign up, devote your domain name, set up Blogger, set up your DNS zones, map the static ip address that’s assigned to you, and it also launches.
Any time you go to release one of the applications, Amazon refers to them as “instances”. You would select the instance you are considering (WordPress, Drupal, etc.) and follow the step by step directions.
- The first thing is to mention your instance. If you don’t mention the product and, LightSail will create a name for you. Amazon works in zones, and in my case, it’s usually Virginia. You are able to change the zone if you like, but I have found its better simply to leave it at the default zone.
- A person will also pick your instance plan, which is the monthly cost that suits your requirements.
- You can also run other various scrips and choose either the default SSH key pair or change the key pair. As above, I adhere with the default.
- Then click create. It requires a couple of minutes and then a webpage comes up with a public internet protocol address and a username to hook up to the instance. You will need your private key from your Amazon bank account, so if you avoid have one, you will need to create it.
- Bitnami can be used to hook up to the new site. But after, you’ve loaded WordPress, you login exactly the same way with every other hosting company. Bitnami is pretty intuitive and won’t take more than 15 or 20 minutes to learn how to navigate around.
There is also some project guides and videos as well to help with the install. According to the WordPress project guide there is merely 5 steps, but in reality, it’s a lot more like 8 steps.
I loaded this up a few several weeks ago, so I haven’t got time to fully build it out, but I had formed no problems loading the theme. I’m also using an AWS plugin (free) that will copy any mass media files to Amazon S3 and serve from S3 Cloudfront. Hopefully, this will cut down on load times for my pages.
It takes some getting used to not having cpanel, but, all in all, I would say, It’s a definite “Yes” to trying Amazon’s Lightsail to host your Wp sites.