How to Host a WordPress Site on AWS
I’m often asked how to host a WordPress site on AWS. Many people are intimidated by the complex environments required to run a successful blog on a large platform like Amazon. It’s understandable that learning how to code and how to design a WordPress theme might seem like a daunting challenge. You might be wondering if setting up a WordPress blog on AWS is even possible. That’s what this article is all about. It’s going to teach you the steps required to launch a WordPress blog in Amazon Web Services.
The Basics Of Setting Up a WordPress Blog On AWS
WordPress is the most popular content management system (CMS) in the world. It’s a flexible and scalable platform that can be used to build any type of website or blog you might want. When you host a WordPress site on Amazon Web Services (AWS), you’re opening the doors to a whole new world of blogging opportunities. There are thousands of free WordPress blogs hosted in AWS and the competition is less stringent than it is on other platforms. It’s an excellent choice for anyone looking to start a blog, regardless of their experience.
WordPress was first released in 2007. Since then, it’s grown to become the world’s #2mostpopular CMS, with over 220 million active monthly users and 450 million active weekly users as of January 2021. It’s compatibility with virtually any major web browser means that almost any person, regardless of their experience, can easily set up and use a WordPress blog. In fact, in 2020 alone, WordPress was downloaded over 500 million times across all platforms.
WordPress is open-source and has a thriving and active community of users and developers that are always eager to help and inspire one another. It is constantly being updated and refined to become better and better every year. If you add all that up, you’ll see that WordPress is the perfect content management system for people looking to start a blog or website. It’s incredibly user-friendly and accessible for beginners, yet has all the features and functionality one might need for advanced users.
Getting Started With WordPress On AWS
You’ll begin setting up WordPress on a Amazon Web Services by following the easy steps laid out in this article. First, you’ll need to have an AWS account if you don’t already have one. If you do have an AWS account, you can skip to the next step. If you don’t have an AWS account, you can open one here for free.
Once you have your AWS account, you can visit the AWS marketplace to find and purchase the server you need to run WordPress. You’ll also need to make sure that your computer has a steady and reliable internet connection, since WordPress needs to download a lot of stuff whenever you log in for the first time. This is why it’s a good idea to host your WordPress site on a VPS (Virtual Private Server) with a solid and fast internet connection. A perfect first step might be to try the free version of AWS Server for a week, to make sure everything is working properly and that you don’t have any glitches before committing to a purchase.
Setting Up The Database For WordPress On AWS
The first thing you’ll need to do after you’ve set up your AWS server is to create a database for WordPress to use. You can download the most recent version of WordPress from the AWS marketplace, or you can visit the WordPress website to download their version of the software. Once you’ve downloaded WordPress, you’ll need to visit the MySQL dashboard to create a new database.
MySQL is a free, open-source database that’s widely used across the web. It was originally designed for use with WordPress, so it makes sense that you should host your WordPress site on a MySQL server. To create a database in MySQL, simply visit the Dashboard and click on the Databases tab. From here, you can click on the Create New Database button to begin the process. When the database is ready, click on the blue icon to the right of the table’s name to log-in to the MySQL administrative area.
Installing And Configuring WordPress To Run On AWS
The next step is to install and configure WordPress to operate on your AWS server. First, download the WordPress zip file from the AWS marketplace. Unzip the file and you’ll see a single file called wp-config.php. This is the configuration file for WordPress. Simply open up a text editor and type in the following code:
- define(‘WP_USE_THEMES’, false);
- define(‘WP_HOME’, ‘http://your-aws-domain-name.example’);
- define(‘WP_SITE’, ‘http://your-aws-domain-name.example’);
- define(‘WP_USE_WPDB’, true);
- define(‘DB_NAME’, ‘your-database-name’);
- define(‘DB_USERNAME’, ‘your-username’);
- define(‘DB_PASSWORD’, ‘your-password’);
You’ve just installed WordPress on a brand new Amazon Web Services server! The above code instructs WordPress to use a free hosted database called WPDB (WordPress database). To connect to this database, visit the MySQL dashboard and click on the Database option. Choose WPDB from the list of databases, log in with the credentials you entered in the preceding step, and away you go! WordPress is now installed and ready to go live.
Creating A Maintenance Plan
WordPress is always being improved and updated to fix bugs and add new features. That being said, sometimes things happen that cause websites to stop working as expected. When that happens, it’s essential to have a plan in place to deal with these issues. A maintenance plan is simply a plan you make to carry out small tasks, such as upgrading WordPress or fixing any bugs that might arise. The most important thing is that you make this plan and follow it religiously.
You can set up a monthly or weekly maintenance plan for your WordPress blog in the dashboard. Simply click on the Tools option and then select the Schedules tab. From here, you can add new schedules and click on the blue arrow to the right of any schedule to activate it. You can then set the number of weeks you want the plan to stay active and click on the Schedule button to save the plan.
MySQL offers a lot of features and capabilities. In fact, it was originally designed as a pluggable database, so development companies create extensions (or plugins) for it, which allow for even more functionality. One such plugin is All-in-One SEO™ by Yoast. Once you’ve downloaded and installed this plugin, you can take advantage of all it has to offer. First, visit the Settings menu in WordPress and select the SEO tab. You’ll then see a short tutorial on how to use the plugin effectively, followed by a list of settings you can use to optimize your content for organic search results on Google and other search engines.
Google Search Console is Google’s free tool for SEOs (Search Engine Optimizers) that allows for all kinds of SEO-related tasks, such as collecting analytics data, fixing broken links, and optimizing for local search.
Optimizing Your Content For International Readers
If your website gets a significant amount of traffic from overseas, you might want to consider localizing your content for international readers. That doesn’t mean you need to change the language of your website or blog articles. It simply means that you can make the text smaller, since most people in the world aren’t used to reading very small text. You can use a tool like Google Translate to create machine translation (MT) versions of your content. With MT, your content can be translated directly from English to the language of the reader. If somebody is reading the news article on your blog and doesn’t understand English, they’ll be able to get a seamless translation to Danish, Swedish, or Norwegian. You can also look into other translation services, such as Fast Translate or Memrise, to get even more languages.
Another option is to use a tool like Hello Kitty™ Finder, which searches for official Hello Kitty websites, products, and merchandise around the world. If you want to run a successful blog or website, content is something you’ll need to invest in heavily. Since the internet is a global community, you might want to consider localizing your content for international readers. Doing so can help you gain more traction and make your site more accessible to a wider audience. When you’re ready to publish your website, you’ll have the option of selecting the language you want your content to appear in from a drop down menu.