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

Updated on  3rd January

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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 into a single WordPress dashboard. 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 into 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 subdomains, 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.

Read more: When You Should Use WordPress Multisite

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 of 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 install 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 managed WordPress cloud 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.

In this guide, I will guide to install WordPress multisite on AWS (Amazon Web Service), one of the top-rated cloud infrastructure providers.

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

Sign up at Cloudways

Step 2:

Select Application (WordPress Multisite), name your WPMU Application, Server, and project.

WPMU on Cloud

Step 3:

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

Amazon Cloud Hosting

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 location of the server that is nearest to your targeted audience for perfect latency.

Step 8:

Hit Launch Now and your server is up and running in a few minutes.

Server Launch Cloudways

How to Get Your WordPress Multisite Running

To get access to your WordPress multisite application, visit Application Management Tab on Cloudways platform. 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 WordPress website.

To take your multisite network live, you need to register DNS. If you already have a registered website(s), visit the 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.

Read more: How do I take my website live from Cloudways?

If you have any issues when launching your WordPress Multisite, 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!

Read more: Free SSL on WordPress Multisite

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Mustaasam Saleem

Mustaasam is the WordPress Community Manager at Cloudways - A Managed WordPress Hosting Platform, where he actively works and loves sharing his knowledge with the WordPress Community. When he is not working, you can find him playing squash with his friends, or defending in Football, and listening to music. You can email him at mustaasam.saleem@cloudways.com

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