How to Host WordPress Multisite on AWS EC2 (Amazon Cloud)

by Ashad Ubaid ur Rehman  February 1, 2017

The concept of WordPress Multisite came into existence with the introduction of WordPress 3.0. For the first time, Matt Mullenweg, in collaboration with the large WordPress community, presented the idea of merging individual WordPress websites under a single WordPress account. The purpose of doing it was simple; to provide ease of access to people owning multiple domains on WordPress.

With WordPress Multisite, managing and creating content for many websites becomes rather easy. With a single username and password account, you can now allow people limited access to organize and create content on directed domains so they can easily share settings, options, plugins, themes, content, code, etc.

Importance of Using Multisite

Assuming that you have a rather large network of websites to operate through and you want to merge the management to a single administration, then multisite has quite a lot to offer you. If you own an organization with several branches region-wide or own a domain that has multiple sub domains, WordPress multisite becomes a “hands-off” website builder solution for you. From schools, colleges, universities to law firms, libraries, and hospitals, irrespective of the business you own, multisite can easily integrate your separate domains under a single flag.

Benefits of Using Multisite

One can outline a number of benefits of using WordPress multisite, however, understanding that your time is valuable, we will jot down a few pointers why you should use multisite platform for your website management.

  • Own your business by having a total control on your site network with WordPress multisite.
  • It helps you to alter codes and themes for the entire network in the quickest possible manner.
  • Users can log in and access different websites depending on the level of admittance in your site network by you.
  • Managing updates for all of your websites becomes easier. No more hassles of accessing different accounts to update individual websites anymore.
  • Compared to standalone websites, WordPress multisite makes load time faster and gives you a par excellence performance.
  • Forget hassles encircling backups, with WordPress multisite you can now backup the whole data of your website network in a single database.

Importance of a Hosting Platform

To host a WordPress multisite dashboard, you need a web hosting platform as it might get a bit tricky hosting it directly on a hosting service. Technicalities are involved, and it takes away your resources.

Having a hosting platform curtails down the probability of dependence on acquiring individual services and makes you the sole manager of your server (Cloud: AWS) and application (WordPress multisite). It makes it easier for you to deploy your application and save your resources, especially your time.

Choosing Cloudways

Cloudways is one of the most prominent cloud hosting platforms over the Internet. Cloudways comes with a unique optimization stack Technology that makes hosting on the cloud as swift as possible. It comes with a number of more additional features, but you have to become part of the Cloudways first to explore them. 🙂

Don’t have an account yet? Not to worry. All you need to do is follow these few simple steps and become a part of Cloudways

Step 1:

Sign-Up for free on Cloudways

Cloudways Sign Up

Step 2:

Select Application (WordPress Multisite)

Step 3:

Select Cloud Provider (Amazon Cloud hosting) which comes with a 3-day free trial.

Step 4:

Select Server Size according to your website(s) requirement. If you want help in determining the server size, just tell us the amount of network traffic you expect on your server and let Cloudways recommend you an optimum server size.

Step 5:

Set Bandwidth. It helps you to determine the data transmission to and from your server.

Step 6:

Set Server and Application Disk Size depending on the requirement of your website.

Step 7:

Select Region nearest to your location for perfect latency.

Step 8:

Hit Launch and your server is up and running. Before launching your server, do have a look at the price counter.

How to Get Your Website Running

To launch the required application, visit Application Management Tab in your server console. Select Access Details drop-down menu and click on the URL provided in the Admin Area Access. The link will take you to a WordPress Login page, the username and password are provided. Login to WordPress Multisite Dashboard and start staging your website.

To take your multisite network live, you need to register DNS. If you already have a registered website(s), visit Domain Management drop-down menu and add your primary domain which will point it to Cloudways. Add secondary domains if you have more than a single website.

If you have any issues when launching your WordPress Multisite, here is step by step guide how to setup WordPress Multisite or feel free to contact the 24/7 Live Chat Support Team. The Cloudways Managed WordPress Multisite Hosting Platform is the ultimate solution for growing online businesses. Don’t compromise on quality for your hosting needs, sign up for a free trial today!

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About Ashad Ubaid ur Rehman

Ashad was a Digital Content Producer at Cloudways - A Managed Cloud Hosting Platform. Looking for latest in WordPress developments? Look no further than Ashad! In his free time, you’ll find him listening to trance music, playing FPS games, and hanging out with his friends.

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