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How to Host WordPress on AWS Cloud Server

March 3, 2019

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Okay, so today we’re going to learn how to host WordPress on AWS Cloud server. Before we begin, though, let’s see why WordPress is the best CMS choice for your online presence.

Firstly, nearly half of the active websites on the internet use WordPress to power their websites, and for good reason. To begin with, it’s open-source, which basically means you can use it for free. Furthermore, it’s search engine friendly, allows tons of customization, has huge community support, along with many other reasons why WordPress should be your go-to CMS!

With the current version 5.x, WordPress brings a host of new features including Gutenberg Editor that has taken up the WordPress community by storm.

Content is king, and WordPress is one of its grandest castles. However, you do not build castles on just any piece of land. You pick the choicest of territories. In the world of cloud hosting, knowing how to host WordPress on an AWS cloud server could prove to be a game-changer.

Why Choose Amazon Cloud?

In the cloud industry, Amazon Cloud is known for its reliability and uptime. Many of its data center locations have almost 100 percent uptime. This means websites hosted on Amazon will almost never go down. Amazon Web Services (AWS) is perhaps the most popular cloud hosting provider today.

Facebook, the social media giant home to profiles of more than 2 billion people, hosts the bulk of its business infrastructure on Amazon Web Services, which should give you an idea of the robustness of Amazon’s cloud service.

Managing a Server Is Difficult

However, configuring Amazon Cloud is not easy unless you are a cloud wizard (or expert). The black command interface holds a lot of promise, but it’s only friendly to those who know their way around it, or those who can shell out serious money to hire the ones who do. So what should you do?

Simple: you choose a service like Cloudways!

Cloudways has a team solely focused on managing Amazon cloud instances, which means your Amazon servers get regular updates for OS and firmware without any effort on your part. Plus, a layer of security protocols ensures the protection of your Amazon Web Services instance.

Managed Amazon Servers

A managed AWS hosting provider takes away all the hassles of server management and allows you to focus on your WordPress websites. Cloudways ensures smooth server performance and addresses maintenance issues as soon as they arise.

Finally, Cloudways keeps a close eye on your WordPress hosted on AWS server’s security so that your site is protected from cyber attacks that continue to plague the ecommerce industry. To sum it up, if you are not interested in dealing with server management issues, but still wish to use WordPress on AWS, managed AWS hosting solutions such as Cloudways fit the bill perfectly.

You can install WordPress on AWS server on Cloudways rather easily. However, let’s dig deeper into why Cloudways is the best solution for you!

Why Choose Cloudways for Amazon Cloud?

Installing WordPress on Amazon server is no walk in the park. You should know your way around some techy Linux commands as by default AWS server does not come with any Graphical User Interface to work with. This means everything is done via CLI which can cause complexity in setting up the server if you are not familiar with server-side knowledge.

Being a managed cloud platform, Cloudways eliminates the complex server configuration process and lets you launch AWS servers in just a few clicks. Cloudways also takes care of managing the server as well as offers tons of utilities that allow you to integrate other services conveniently.

For example, Cloudways offers a ready-made solution for integrating SSL, CloudwaysCDN, and application monitoring by New Relic. The Cloudways platform also gives its customers the facility to manage features like creating staging sites, website cloning, adding team members and managing cron-jobs in just a few clicks.

Performing such operations directly on an AWS server requires a series of commands and troubleshooting in case you face any issues.

Let’s get started and see how easy it is to launch an AWS server and WordPress on Cloudways.

How to Install WordPress on AWS?

Let’s learn how to install WordPress on AWS through some easy steps on Cloudways:

Sign up for Cloudways

First, you need to sign up for a Cloudways Account if you haven’t already. Simply enter the required details and click the Start Free button.

 

aws server signup

Now verify your email address and then log in to your account. There, you should click on the Launch button.

aws server launch

Select WordPress

Choose the latest version of WordPress from the list of available applications. Name your application, server, and select your project.

aws application and server details

Note: You have the choice of launching Cloudways Optimized WordPress, WordPress with WooCommerce, WordPress Multisite, and WordPress without any optimization.

Select Server

Pick Amazon Web Services from the list of cloud infrastructures as a service.

aws cloud server

Select Server Size

Select your server size from the available options. If you hover on any of the server sizes, you can see its RAM and CPU size as well.

aws server size

Select Bandwidth

Select the estimated bandwidth usage of your WordPress website.

aws server bandwidth

Choose Disk and Database Storage Size

Choose the storage sizes for Application Files and Database.

aws server storage

Choose Data Center Location

Amazon Cloud comes with a lot of location choices. The best practice is to host your WordPress website nearest to the target audience since it reduces load times.

Launch Your Server

You’re done! Just press Launch Now to begin configuring your server.

aws launch server

Now, wait till your server is ready!

aws adding server

Once your server is ready, click on Applications from the top menu bar.

aws application

Now click on your WordPress application.

aws wordpress application

Go to Application Management → Access Details → Admin Panel to get your WordPress login credentials.

aws server setting

That’s it! You have successfully launched WordPress on AWS server on a staging environment.

Exploring Server Tabs

As explained earlier, Cloudways is an intuitive platform. Let’s have a look at its Server Dashboard.

Inside Server Management, we have several tabs on the left side of the window.

server management

This dashboard contains the following useful tabs:

Master Credentials

This tab contains the Public IP of your server as well as master credentials. You may also create public SSH key from this tab and this also has the link to Cloudways integrated SSH terminal.

Monitoring

As the name suggests, this tab is useful for monitoring your server’s resources such as disk usage, RAM usage, CPU usage and the timeline displaying resource utilization over the period from 1 hour to 6 months.

Manage Services

This tab contains the control switches of various packages and software running on your server. Such as Apache, MySQL, Memcached, New Relic, Nginx, and Varnish.

Security

By using this tab you may whitelist IPs for both the SFTP and MySQL connections.

Backup

Website backups can be controlled using this tab. This allows you to take manual backups and set a frequency for automated backups.

Exploring Application Tabs

Similar to Server Management service, Cloudways also offers Application Management Dashboard for managing an individual application on a server.

application management

Application Management dashboard contains the following useful tabs:

Access Details

This tab contains access credentials as well as direct URLs for your WordPress site and its wp-admin. You may also create additional credentials for SFTP connections.

Domain Management

It is used for domain/subdomain mapping.

SSL Certificate

Cloudways offers a FREE SSL Certificate via Let’s Encrypt which can be added easily using this tab. If you wish to use your own certificate, you can also upload it from here.

Application Settings

This tab contains useful controls related to the application such as permissions, SSH access, PHP FPM settings, and Varnish settings.

Migration Tools

Cloudways offer multiple ways of moving WordPress site from your old server to the Cloudways AWS server. One such option is the Cloudways migrator plugin which lets your WordPress site migrate to cloud computing easily.

Taking WordPress on AWS Site Live

After migrating your WordPress site to Cloudways, the first thing you would probably do is to take it to live so that your visitors can browse your site again – only this time on a fast and reliable AWS server.

Just like other tasks, Cloudways also simplified the process of taking the WordPress site live. All you need to do is to visit your Application Management dashboard and go to the Domain Management tab.

Enter your domain name and add the CNAME inside your domain registrar. Let it propagate and once it’s done, your WordPress site will start serving from your primary domain. You may also map your subdomains using the same tab.

Wrapping up!

The WordPress optimized hosting server stack on the managed AWS cloud is made up of Apache and NGINX web servers with Varnish and Memcached optimization. You can enable the Redis cache as well. Plus, you can integrate Elasticsearch on WordPress website.

If you think you are ready to install WordPress on AWS, start your free trial now!

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Mansoor Ahmed Khan

Passionate about technology, entrepreneurship, and marketing, Mansoor Ahmed Khan is in computing since he knows how to type on a keyboard. His daily life is rocked by his family, projects, and his screen. Probably in this order, he likes to be convinced at least.

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