In this module, you will create an Amazon EC2 instance to run your WordPress site. Amazon EC2 provides highly-configurable server instances on-demand. On an EC2 instance, you can run a WordPress site that will be accessible by users anywhere.
Time to Complete Module: 10 Minutes
When getting started with WordPress, you may test it out by installing and running it on your laptop or desktop. This is fine for a test but you will quickly hit its limitations. Your WordPress site will only be running as long as your laptop or desktop is running. Further, the site will only be accessible by you -- it won’t be available over the public internet.
A better approach is to use a server.
Amazon EC2 provides on-demand server provisioning. With Amazon EC2, you rent out server instances with varying sizes, each with different CPU, RAM, and network configuration. You pay by the hour for these servers, and you can use them to host websites, like your WordPress site. With an EC2 instance, your WordPress site will remain up and running and will be accessible by anyone over the internet.
In the steps below, you will launch an EC2 instance to host your WordPress site.