Category: AWS

Building and hosting a WordPress website on AWS (Amazon Web Services) cloud involves several steps. Here is a high-level overview of the process:

Set up an AWS Account:

If you don’t already have an AWS account, sign up for one at This will give you access to the AWS Management Console.

Launch an EC2 Instance:

In the AWS Management Console, navigate to the EC2 service. Launch a new EC2 instance, choosing an appropriate Amazon Machine Image (AMI) that includes a WordPress installation. Configure the instance settings, such as instance type, security groups, and key pair.

Configure Security Groups:

Create a security group for your EC2 instance to control inbound and outbound traffic. Open ports 22 (SSH) for secure remote access, port 80 (HTTP) for website access, and port 443 (HTTPS) if you plan to use SSL/TLS certificates.

Allocate Elastic IP:

Allocate an Elastic IP address to your EC2 instance to ensure it maintains a consistent public IP address.

Connect to the EC2 Instance:

Use SSH to connect to the EC2 instance using the key pair you created during the instance launch. Access the instance’s command line interface.

Install and Configure WordPress:

Update the instance’s operating system and install necessary packages, such as Apache web server, MySQL/MariaDB database, and PHP. Configure the database and create a new MySQL database for WordPress. Download and install WordPress on the EC2 instance, configuring it to use the created database.

Set up a Domain Name:

Register a domain name or configure an existing domain to point to your AWS EC2 instance’s public IP address. This involves updating the DNS settings with your domain registrar.

Obtain SSL/TLS Certificate:

If you want to enable HTTPS for your WordPress website, obtain an SSL/TLS certificate. AWS provides the ACM (AWS Certificate Manager) service, which allows you to request and manage SSL/TLS certificates for free.

Configure Apache Virtual Hosts:

Create Apache virtual host configurations to point your domain name to the appropriate document root and configure SSL/TLS settings if using HTTPS.

Configure DNS for the Domain:

Update the DNS settings to point your domain to the Elastic IP address of your EC2 instance. This will ensure that your domain resolves to your WordPress website hosted on AWS.

Testing and Launch:

Access your domain in a web browser to verify that your WordPress website is up and running. Test various functionalities and ensure everything is working as expected.

Ongoing Maintenance:

Regularly update WordPress, plugins, and themes to ensure security and performance. Create backups of your website and consider implementing AWS services like Amazon S3 or Amazon RDS for data backup and scalability.

Note: This is a high-level overview, and the specific steps and configurations may vary based on your requirements and AWS services used.

It’s worth mentioning that AWS offers additional services like Amazon RDS (Relational Database Service) for managed database hosting, Amazon S3 for static content storage, and Amazon CloudFront for content delivery, which can enhance the scalability, performance, and security of your WordPress website on AWS.

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