Installing WordPress on AWS – easy way

WordPress is one of the greatest inventions in the software industry. This is evident from the fact that over 60 million websites are powered by this amazing CMS.

To install WordPress we can either visit wordpress.com or wordpress.org. The difference being the .com is the commercial version that brings with it the latest updates and free other features like hosting. The .org version allows you to download the CMS as a zip file and use it wherever you like to. Of course, this means, you need a hosting provider and have to manage the database and other nuances.

For those who are not familiar with AWS, it’s a cloud provider. This basically means it’s on-demand server space. You can create a server with a couple of clicks. The best part if you feel you have ruined a machine by installing too many things on it, you can 1-click delete it also. Lol 😀

Although there is a tougher way to install WordPress on AWS, we will go through a very simple way of installing it today. Okay. The first step is you need console access. So sign up for AWS. Believe me, it’s not going to cost. Once done you will be taken to the services page as below.

Find EC2 and click it. Click on instances and you will be shown a page as below. Click on Launch instances as shown below.

Next, click on AWS marketplace and search for WordPress. It will show an AMI by Bitnami as below.

Click Next on the description page and select the t2.micro instance type. This is a free one.

Click on Review and Launch. Select Launch in the next step and select your key pair. You can use an existing one or create a new one as per your needs. You don’t need to worry about the other stuff. Just let them remain as it is.

Once done, go back to the Instances screen and you will be able to see something similar to this.

Copy-paste the Public IP address in the browser. You will be able to see your blog now. Hurray! It is that easy. If you want to customize your setup you can do so by logging in using SSH. Your WordPress username is user and the password can be found in the system logs.

Search for a section as shown below. You can change this once you login to your panel.

if you are trying to SSH into your instance, you have to use the ssh command as follows –

ssh -i <key-pair.pem> bitnami@<your-public-ip>

And that is it. Rest you can navigate into the WordPress directory and go crazy. All the best guys.

Happy coding!

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