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How to Install Laravel on Amazon Cloud (AWS EC2)

May 3, 2018

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Laravel is a popular framework that has become the standard development toolkit for many PHP projects. In many cases, developers prefer to develop their project in Laravel because of the many features and tools that ensure streamlined development experience.

An important challenge in Laravel powered projects is the hosting that forms the backbone of the project, once it goes live. In fact, the performance of almost every laravel project is dependent upon the hosting solution. Thus, Laravel on AWS is a great performance-focused combo that is very popular among the developers. 

The Laravel performance on AWS is quite speedy and gives applications glitch-free experience on the web. However, installing Laravel on AWS EC2 could be a challenge for many developers. Similarly deploying Laravel powered projects on Amazon’s AWS EC2 hosting server is another set of challenge. Since the combination of Laravel and AWS is so popular that developers alway fall for it.

In this article, I will demonstrates how to host Laravel 5.5 on Amazon Cloud hosting services in following easy steps.

  1. Selecting an application
  2. Selecting a server
  3. Selecting server size
  4. Selecting server bandwidth
  5. Selecting server storage sizes
  6. Selecting server location
  7. Launching application

So, let’s see how to deploy a Laravel app on AWS EC2.

How to Install Laravel on AWS

Step 1: Selecting Application

Sign up for a Cloudways Account. After the sign up, you will be taken to the Console. From the application dropdown, choose Laravel from the list of available applications.

Note: You may use promo code: PHP15 to get FREE Cloudways hosting credit of $15 on signup

Name your application, server and select the project from the drop-down menu.

Step 2: Selecting AWS as Server Provider

Select AWS from the available list of infrastructure providers.

Step 3: Selecting Server Size

Select appropriate server-sizes

Amazon Server Size

Step 4: Selecting Server Bandwidth

Select expected bandwidth usage for your Laravel powered website.

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aws bandwidth

Step 5: Selecting Server Storage Sizes

Next, select the appropriate storage sizes for the database and application files separately.

aws disk storage

Step 6: Selecting Server Location

Select the server location. This choice affects server latency so choose the location closest to your target audience in order to provide the best experience to the visitors.

select aws server location

Step 7: Launching a Server

Check the cost of the server and then click the Launch Server button to complete the setup.

Launch AWS on 1-click

Voilà!! You have a new managed cloud server optimized for Laravel PHP in no time.

Why Cloudways?

Laravel on AWS and managed by Cloudways is a great option for leveraging the power of Laravel framework without getting bogged down in the complexities of managing an AWS account.

You might also like: Enhanced Cloudways Staging Environment Is Now Available for All Users


Cloudways offers a very optimized stack comprising of NGINX, Varnish, Apache, Memcached, MySQL, and PHP-FPM. Moreover, advanced packages (such as Redis cache and ElasticSearch) can be added without any extra configuration whenever you enable them from the interface. Cloudways lets you monitor over 15 important metrics in graphical form, to keep you aware of how your server is performing.


Managed Security

The cloud servers on Cloudways come with managed security. Which means you get hassle-free security for your server. The Platform is protected by a multi-layered security management which also comes with a strong firewall. And what about security updates on your Laravel server, you ask? Well, they are applied regularly on both the OS and firmware. Moreover, backups are also managed and they are kept on AWS S3 storage.

SSH & Teams Feature

SFTP/SSH access and Team Management Module are also available on the Cloudways platform, which lets you choose server and app access levels for your team. Developers will be captivated by the ease of integration with Git. They can also benefit from unlimited staging URLs for development purposes.


IP Whitelisting and Remote MySQL Connections

Easily whitelist IP addresses to simplify the process of setting up MySQL remote connections to databases hosted on the Cloudways managed servers. Cloudways allows IP whitelisting in just a single click.


Superb Customer Support

The best feature is our customer support, which is stupendous. You can have a look at more features or you can always ask our 24/7/365 Live Chat Support Team to guide you. Just experience the platform yourself and start your free trial on the Cloudways Managed Laravel Cloud Hosting Platform today!

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Ahmed Khan

Ahmed was a PHP community expert at Cloudways - A Managed PHP Hosting Cloud Platform. He is a software engineer with extensive knowledge in PHP and SEO. He loves watching Game of Thrones is his free time. Follow Ahmed on Twitter to stay updated with his works. You can email him at

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