How to Host WordPress in Amazon Web Services
Amazon Web Services (AWS) has changed the way we look at online stores as they provide a completely free hosting service to those that need it. No longer do you need to worry about the costs of running your website as it is hosted by AWS and you can focus on what’s important to you – running your business.
If you’re looking to host your own WordPress site and need some tips on how to go about it, then this article is for you as we go through every step necessary so you can get up and running in no time.
Why Host With AWS?
From the very beginning, AWS offered web-hosting for free. This meant you could launch a blog or website and begin monetizing content immediately. Furthermore, they offer a custom-built solution for any hosting needs you may have.
While this may be enticing, it’s not always the best choice for all businesses. If you’re looking towards the long-term, then you may want to consider an option that offers more security and less hassle. That’s why we recommend the following hybrid cloud hosting solution from Bluehost as it provides the perfect balance between security, performance, and value.
Step One: Select a Hostname
As we begin to build our WordPress site, the very first thing we need to do is pick a hostname for our new site. You’ll notice that whenever you visit a website, the address bar will display the name of the hosting company the site is hosted on. This is referred to as the hostname.
There are a few things to keep in mind when choosing a hostname:
- The shorter the better – Keep your hostname short and sweet. If you have trouble remembering it then it’s better if you don’t use it. Because when you do, it will be plastered all over the place! (Thanks to Twitter)
- Avoid using hyphens or underscores in your hostname as they can cause issues with certain services.
- Make sure that your hostname isn’t already taken by another site. You can use a service like WhoIs to search for available hostnames.
- Try to find a hostname that is memorable but not too difficult to type. If you have trouble remembering it then it’s no better if you can’t type it comfortably either!
- Avoid using very common or already popular hostnames as they may be taken by another site. For example, if you were to use Blogger for your blog then you’ll need to look for a new hostname as they currently have over 100 million active users on their platform! (Thanks, Blogger)
Step Two: Install WordPress
Once you have found a hostname that you like, you can move on to the next step which is to install WordPress. To do this, visit the WordPress.org homepage and click on the Get Started button. You’ll then be taken to the Install WordPress page where you can choose the location for your new WordPress installation. We recommend the **Amazon Web Services** as it is one of the most trusted and popular platforms among web hosts. (Thanks to WordPress)
On this page, you’ll need to provide a **blog name** for your new WordPress blog. This is the name that will be displayed publicly as it appears in the URL of your site. After providing the blog name, you’ll then be taken to the Create Your Blog page where you can choose a theme for your blog. It’s important to keep in mind that if you use a free theme then you’ll need to keep the settings as they are as it will be difficult to set up your own theme later on should you choose to do so. (Thanks to WordPress)
Once you’re done with the theme customization, you can move on to the final step which is to activate your WordPress blog. Simply click on the Activate button to continue to the Congratulations! page. You’ll now be able to start creating content and begin monetizing your site.
Congratulations! You have just installed WordPress into your AWS account and are now able to begin building your online store. While this may be a bit overwhelming, don’t worry as you’ll soon have everything you need to begin creating unique content and turning a profit.