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Is Amazon a good solution to host your WordPress site?

Updated on March 23, 2017

After facing the fact that I need a faster hosting provider, I finally decided to try some of the Amazon hosting products. Amazon has so many web services that it can be a bit intimidating to start with them, but I decided to give it a go.

The first thing I looked for was the ability to host WordPress websites. After a little research, I found that Amazon had just presented a program for WordPress. Using their new product "LightSail", I discovered that it was really simple enough to configure and load WordPress. There are several other popular CMS applications, such as Drupal and Joomla. If you are interested in an e-commerce solution, Magento is also supported.

Lightsail is not for large deployments, but it's fairly easy darn for small requirements. In a nutshell, you sign up, put your domain name, configure WordPress, configure your DNS zones, map the static IP address that is assigned to you, and it launches.

When you launch one of the applications, Amazon refers to them as "instances". You must select the instance you are interested in (WordPress, Drupal, etc.) and follow the step-by-step instructions.

1. The first thing is to name your instance. If you do not name it, Lightsail will create a name for you. Amazon works in areas, and in my case it's usually Virginia. You can change the area if you want, but I found it better to leave it to the default zone.

2. You will also choose your instance plan, which is the monthly fee that suits your needs.

3. You can also run other different scrips and choose either the default SSH key pair, or change the key pair. As above, I always stay with the default value.

4. Click Create. This takes a few minutes, then a page arrives with a public IP address and a user name to connect to the instance. You will need your private key from your Amazon account, so if you do not have one, you will need to create it.

5. Bitnami is used to connect to the new site. But after you load WordPress, you log in exactly the same way with all other hosting companies. Bitnami is quite intuitive and takes no more than 20 or 30 minutes to learn to sail around.

There are also project guides and videos as well as to help with the installation. According to the WordPress project guide there are only 5 steps, but in reality it is more like 8 steps.

I loaded this up a few weeks ago, so I did not have time to build it completely, but I had no problem loading the theme. I also use an AWS plugin (free) that will copy all the media files on Amazon S3 and will serve from S3 Cloudfront. I hope this will reduce the loading time of my pages.

It takes some time to get used to not having cpanel, but overall I would say it's a definitive yes "at least try Lightsail Amazon to host your WordPress sites.

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