How to Host a WordPress Website on AWS

The advent of the web made it possible to share information and allow anyone with access to a computer to read it. While the concept of hosting content on the internet is not new, the wide range of platforms and functionality that are available these days make it easy to create a fully functional website even from scratch.

A content management system (CMS) like WordPress powers millions of websites around the world. It is one of the most popular and versatile platforms for building a website, especially if you are looking to do things yourself rather than hire developers. If you have a passion for blogging or need a place to share your photos, videos and other content, WordPress is the perfect tool for the job.

If you decide to go down this route, there are a number of things you need to consider. To help you get started, we have compiled a list of tips and tricks for hosting a WordPress website.

Pick A Suitable Domain Name

If you are looking to create a brand for your website, the name you choose will play an important role in securing online presence and helping visitors find your site easily. When choosing a domain name, make sure that it is relevant to your business and contains at least a couple of words. In addition to that, you should also look for a.com,.net or.org address since those are the most popular extensions in the world of web design. If you run a business and are looking to establish it on the web, then picking a.com,.net or.org address is the most ideal option as those are the most common extensions associated with an established business. If you are looking for a single blog for personal use or just a place to host all your favourite writing, then you can opt for a.io or.ca domain name extension since they are less commonly used and much more affordable.

Install WordPress

Installing WordPress is straightforward and can be done in just a few minutes. You will need to have a working knowledge of using a command line interface (CLI) – a program that allows you to interact with the computer directly through typing commands – to navigate your way around. Since WordPress is a very popular platform, there is a wealth of information online that can guide you through the process easily. You can also find many video tutorials that show you step by step how to do it. There are also many automated tools that can speed up the process such as WordPress installations via SSH (secure shell) or other methods of remote access such as Virtual Private Networks (VPNs).

Set Up Your WordPress Website On A Laptop

When setting up your WordPress website from scratch, it is essential that you do it on a laptop or desktop computer rather than a server. There are a couple of reasons for this. First, installing WordPress in this manner allows you to easily test out the various functions and features before rolling them out to your live site. Second, it is much easier to make minor adjustments to your website’s design and functionality on a laptop than it is on a server. For these reasons, we recommend that you set up your WordPress website on a laptop first and then move it to your server when you are completely happy with its functioning.

Don’t Forget About The Little Details

In addition to picking a suitable domain name and installing WordPress, you should also give some thought to other elements that can make a difference in your website’s overall appeal and usability. For example, the colour scheme you choose for your site can have a profound impact on how users and potential customers perceive it. If you want a safe and professional look, then keeping the colours grey, white and silver will help you achieve that. When choosing a colour scheme for your website, keep in mind that popular websites often use a combination of two or three of those primary tones to create a custom look that is uniquely their own. The shade of each colour should be close to the same and should compliment each other.

Another important aspect that can influence the design and functionality of your website is the type of content you include. If you want to include product reviews and comparisons, for example, you can achieve that with a comparison chart type of content that is ordered using an unordered list. If your goal is to create a space where you can post and organise your photos, videos and other content, a gallery type of content with an ordered list of images can work perfectly.

Find The Perfect Fit Between Function And Stunning Design

When choosing a web host for your WordPress website, you need to make sure that they can provide the basic functions you need while also ensuring the overall design of your site is of a high quality. The last thing you want is for your site to look amateurish due to poor web design standards because you lack the knowledge or time to fix it yourself. Finding the perfect fit between function and stunning design is essential and requires some serious research and consideration.

Secure And Optimise Your Website For Performance

One of the most important things you can do for the performance of your website is to secure it. There are a number of ways you can do this while also making your website more user-friendly and less prone to attacks from cyber criminals. To start with, you should use a secured connection (HTTPS) whenever possible when accessing your WordPress site. This will encrypt all the data being transferred between your computer and the host’s servers, making your information more secure. In addition to that, you should look into getting a VPN (virtual private network) service to protect your computer and all the connected devices (laptops, mobile phones and tablets) from eavesdropping, data theft and other malicious activity. Finally, you should consider upgrading your web host to take advantage of more advanced features such as cache storage and content delivery networks (CDNs) to further improve the performance of your site.

Make Sure You Always Have An Active Subscription

It is essential that you keep your WordPress website always powered by a working subscription. The good news is that WordPress offers a Premium Support service that can be availed for just $5 per month. In addition to that, you can also get a 30-day free trial of their Business Pro subscription which provides you with all the features of the Premium Support plan plus email marketing, site backup and restoration and a few others. So, in summary, you can get all the benefits of having a stable WordPress website with just a $5 per month subscription.

Curate Content For International Readers

If you are keen to get your content translated into other languages and shared internationally, you can use automated translation tools that connect with WordPress to do the hard work for you while you focus on what you do best – writing and creating content.

WordPress offers a variety of translation tools out of the box including Machine Translation (MT) that can translate your content into other languages with minimal effort from you. Simply connect the tool to your WordPress website and start typing content in the target language. When you are happy with the translation, click the button to have the content published instantly to your site.

Avoid Poorly Designed Web Hosts

Since we mentioned above that finding the perfect fit between function and stunning design is critical, it follows that you should look for a web host that offers the perfect balance of those factors. One common pitfall that newbies fall into is being hosted by a web host that offers a poor overall design experience. If your goal is to have a professionally designed and user-friendly site, then you should avoid those types of web hosts completely since they will only serve to hold you back in your quest for greatness. Always take into consideration the design and overall user experience of the various web hosts you are considering using before making a decision.

Create A Mobile-First Approach

Nowadays, more and more people are using mobile devices to access the internet. This means that you should create a mobile-first version of your website’s design before you dive into the desktop one. Doing so will give you a greater degree of flexibility when changing things up and adapting your website to various screen sizes. When developing mobile versions of your website, you should remove all the elements that are not essential for a mobile search engine crawler to access the content. This will not only make your mobile site smaller in size but will increase the speed at which the device’s web engine (browser) can process the information and display it to the user. Having a smaller file size for mobile sites is also highly beneficial for everyone concerned (you, the user, and the network that distributes your content).

Since speed is of the essence when it comes to a mobile device, you should also look into getting a mobile-optimised version of WordPress itself. That is, you should look into moving all the elements that can be accessed from a desktop computer to a smaller screen size. Essentially, you are trying to create something that is consumable on the go.