How to Create a WordPress Blog using AWS Lightsail

In the old days creating a WordPress blog site involved setting up a LAMP server, downloading the latest version of WordPress from WordPress.org and installing the software.  Today, creating a new WordPress site is a breeze with Amazon Web Services (AWS) Lightsail.

Step 1 – visit AWS Lightsail

Step 2 – Click on ‘Get started for free’

How to set up a WordPress Blog using AWS Lightsail
Click on ‘Get started for free’

Step 3 – Create a new AWS account or sign in if you have one already

How to set up a WordPress Blog using AWS Lightsail
Create a new account or sign in

Step 4 – Click on Create Instance

How to set up a WordPress Blog using AWS Lightsail
Click on ‘Create instance’

Step 5 – Choose an instance location – US, UK or in any of the other AWS regions

Step 6 – Choose Linux/Unix platform

Step 7 – Select the ‘WordPress’ Blueprint

How to set up a WordPress Blog using AWS Lightsail
Select a location, select the Linux platform and the WordPress blueprint

Step 8 – Select a plan – you can start with a small server and scale up when traffic to your new WordPress site increases.

Step 9 – Name your instance

Step 10 – Click ‘Create’

How to set up a WordPress Blog using AWS Lightsail
Select a plan, name your instance and click ‘Create’

Step 11 – Wait for the instance to create

How to set up a WordPress Blog using AWS Lightsail
Wait for the instance to create

Step 12 – When the  instance is running you will see a public IP address. Enter the IP address in a browser and your new WordPress site will appear

How to set up a WordPress Blog using AWS Lightsail
Site is running with a public IP address

Step 13 – View your site and follow the instructions to get access to the site back-end

How to set up a WordPress Blog using AWS Lightsail
Click on the ‘Bitnami’ logo to view the instructions to get access to the site admin area

 

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