How to Host WordPress on AWS (The Proper Guide)

by Saad Durrani  February 16, 2017

Content is the 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 territory. In the world of Cloud, knowing how to host WordPress on AWS could prove to be a game-changer.

But, Amazon Cloud is not easy to configure or get accustomed to! Unless you are a cloud wizard (or expert), you won’t be able to handle the Amazon cloud alone. The black command interface holds a lot of promise, but it’s only for the learned.

Then what should you do?

Well, you can deploy WordPress on Amazon cloud through Cloudways. Everything’s done from launching Amazon cloud to deploying a lightning-fast stack to installing a WordPress admin in just a few minutes.

Hosting WordPress on AWS

Why To Choose Amazon cloud?

In the cloud industry, Amazon Cloud is known for its reliability and uptime. Many of its datacenter locations have almost 100% uptime. This means websites hosted on Amazon will never go down. Then, the next question that comes is why do you need to deployment via Cloudways?

You need expertise to handle Amazon Cloud’s infrastructure. This type of specialized skill is not light on the pocket. Cloudways has a team which solely focuses on managing Amazon cloud instances. Therefore, we will make all Amazon servers get regular updates for OS and firmware. Plus, a layer of security protocols ensures the robust protection of AWS instance.

How to Install WordPress on AWS?

If you go directly, it may take you some time and expertise (and a lot of Googling) to get somewhere. If you want a quick deployment, then launch a WordPress AWS instance through Cloudways where everything at the server level is managed by cloud experts. You only need to focus on your WordPress website. So, let’s get started.

Here are the steps involved in installing WordPress on AWS.

  1. Create an Account
  2. Select WordPress
  3. Choose Amazon Web Services
  4. Select Size of The Server
  5. Select Bandwidth
  6. Choose Disk and Database Storage Size
  7. Choose Datacenter Location
  8. Click Launch Server

Step 1: Create an Account

You need to sign up for a Cloudways AccountOnce you have signed up, you will be taken to the Platform. There, you should click on Launch.

cloudways launch server

Step 2: Select WordPress

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

select WordPress

Step 3: Choose Amazon Web Services

Pick Amazon Web Services from the list of cloud infrastructure options.

Select Amazon cloud

Step 4: Select Size of The Server

Pick your server size from available options.

server size

Step 5: Select Bandwidth

Select the estimated bandwidth usage of your WordPress site.


Step 6: Choose Disk and Database Storage Size

Choose the storage sizes for Database and Application files.

aws storage

Step 7: Choose Datacenter Location

Amazon comes with a lot of location choices. The best practice is to host WordPress site nearest to its audience.


Step 8: Click Launch Server

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

launch server

Launch your Managed WordPress Hosting Server now!

The WordPress 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 Redis cache too. Plus, you can integrate Elasticsearch on WordPress website.

If you think you are ready to host WordPress on AWS, start a free trial now. I hope you will be very impressed.

Make Your WordPress Website 100% Faster.

Host it now on Cloudways WordPress Hosting Platform.

About Saad Durrani

Saad is the Senior Editor at Cloudways – A Managed Cloud Hosting Platform. He is a technology enthusiast who loves to blog about emerging technologies and trends. When he is not blogging, he goes to the beach to find inspiration for his fictional stories.

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    Thanks for this post.

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