How to Set Up WordPress Blog to AWS Lightsail

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Amazon web services offer a low cost IT solutions for web developers to use for a database, analytics, applications, or services for online business. One of the services from AWS is WordPress Blog to Lightsail. You can migrate your WordPress site to AWS Lightsail. It is easy and simple to set up a virtual private server. In a way, it is a dumb down, simplified user-friendly version of the full AWS console.

The Lightsail offers a virtual machine SSD-based storage, DNS management, and a static IP address for your website operation in one place. If you are familiar with IT operating system, developer stack or application, this program is a breeze, even for a beginner. The application is simple and easy to use with a few clicks. The best news is that the plans start with flat-rate pricing at $5 per month.

How to Set Up a WordPress Blog to AWS Lightsail?

As a technically challenged person, I can set up my WordPress site to AWS Lightsail. It took a little longer for me because I was not familiar with the system but I followed the instruction and the process was very simple. If I can do it, you can do it too. You just follow the instruction below:

  1. Set up an AWS new account
  2. Log into AWS Lightsail Instances as shows below. I already created 4 websites.
  3. Click on the ‘Create Instance’ button on the top of the right-hand side.
  4. If you want a WordPress application set up, then choose WordPress. You can add your own launch scripts and SSH key but the defaults can do that.
  5. Choose your instance plan. $5 plan is the basic and it is sufficient for most of the sites. And, they offer a one-month free trial.
  6. Name your instance and choose your Zone where your WordPress site runs. You can leave the Zone as they suggested. Your instance for your WordPress is created and it appears on your dashboard.
  7. Your new basic WordPress instance with a public IP address that has been assigned to your site.
  8. Connect to your instance by clicking the ‘Connect using SSH’ from your instance page in AWS.
  9. After a few minutes, a new browser window looks like a text editing terminal connected to the instance.
  10. You need a username and the password for your WordPress site. In order to get your password, you have to type
    ‘cat bitnami_application_password:
    It will show your password.
  11. Once you get the password, you can log into your WordPress site with your username ‘user’ and the password you get from Step #10.
  12. From this point, you can choose your themes and plugins for your site appearance.

Please read my blog for how to remove the Bitnami banner from your WordPress site.

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