Individual service usage and cost: AWS pricing is based on your usage of each individual service. The total combined usage of each service will create your monthly bill. Explore the tabs below to learn what each service does and how it effects your bill.

  • Amazon EC2

    Description: Amazon EC2 provides the virtual application servers, known as instances, to run your web application on the platform you choose. Amazon EC2 allows you to configure and scale your compute capacity easily to meet changing requirements and demand. It is integrated with Amazon’s proven computing environment, allowing you to leverage the AWS suite of services. 

    How Pricing Works: Amazon EC2 pricing is based on four components: the instance type you choose (EC2 comes in 40+ types of instances with options optimized for compute, memory, storage and more), the region your instances are based in, the software you run, and the pricing model you select (on-demand instances, reserved capacity, spot, etc.). For more information, see Amazon EC2 pricing.

    Example: Let's say you decide to host your LAMP website on two Linux t2.micro EC2 instance in the US East region. With an on-demand pricing model, your monthly charge for your virtual machines will be $19.04.

  • Elastic Load Balancing

    Description: An Elastic Load Balancing load balancer distributes requests to the EC2 instances running your LAMP application. This allows you to achieve greater levels of fault tolerance in your application, seamlessly providing the required amount of load balancing capacity needed to distribute application traffic.

    How Pricing Works: Elastic Load Balancing pricing is based on two main components: the number of hours or partial hours your Elastic Load Balancer is running and the amount of data (GB) transferred through your Elastic Load Balancer. For more details, see Elastic Load Balancing Pricing

    Example: In this project, you run your application on 2 Amazon EC2 instances in the US East (N. Virginia) Region with one Elastic Load Balancer to balance incoming traffic. If the Elastic Load Balancer ended up transferring 10 GB of data over a 30 day period, the monthly charge would amount to $18.30. 

  • Auto Scaling

    Description: The Auto Scaling service ensures that your application is optimized for availability.  You can set a minimum number of available application servers and can add or remove application servers as demand on your WordPress website or blog changes.

    How Pricing Works: There is no additional charge for using the Auto Scaling service to deploy your WordPress Website.

  • Amazon RDS

    Description: Amazon RDS provides managed relational databases environments, known as instances, in the AWS cloud. DB instances provide cost-efficient and resizable capacity while managing time-consuming database administration tasks, freeing you up to focus on your WordPress application. While this project will use a MySQL-configured DB instance, Amazon RDS is also compatible with Amazon Aurora, Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, PostgreSQL, and MariaDB.

    How Pricing Works: Amazon RDS pricing is based on five main components: the DB instance class you need, the pricing model you select, the Availability Zones your instances are based in, additional database storage you may need, and data transfer fees. For more information, see Amazon RDS Pricing.

    Example: For a highly available LAMP application, we recommend a db.t2.micro DB instance class with a multi-Availability Zone deployment. If this instance ran 24 hours a day with 5 GB of general purpose (SSD) storage on this instance class, you would be charged a total of $26.05 per month.

  • AWS Elastic Beanstalk

    Description: AWS Elastic Beanstalk is an easy-to-use service for deploying and scaling your WordPress website onto the AWS platform. Elastic Beanstalk handles the details of your hosting environment, including provisioning AWS resources such as EC2 application servers, and configuring load balancing, scaling, and monitoring.

    How Pricing Works: There is no additional charge for using AWS Elastic Beanstalk to deploy your WordPress Website. 

  • Amazon S3

    Description:  Amazon S3 provides secure, durable, and highly-scalable cloud storage for the objects that make up your application. Examples of objects you can store include source code, logs, images, videos, and other artifacts that are created when you deploy your application. Amazon S3 makes it is easy to use object storage with a simple web interface to store and retrieve your files from anywhere on the web, meaning that your website will be reliably available to your visitors.

    How Pricing Works: S3 Pricing is based on five components: the type of S3 storage you use, the location you store your WordPress content (e.g. US East vs. Asia Pacific - Sydney), the amount of data you store, the number of requests you or your users make to store new content or retrieve the content, and the amount of data that is transferred from S3 to you or your users. For more information, see Amazon S3 Pricing.

    Example:  Using Standard Storage in US East, if you store 5GB of content, you’d pay $0.15 per month. If you created your account in the past 12 months, and you’re eligible for the AWS Free Tier, you’d pay $0.00 per month.

Total Billing Estimates: The total cost of hosting a high availability LAMP stack on AWS using the implementation recommended in this guide will vary depending on your usage and the instance types you select. Using the recommendations in this guide, running this stack will typically cost you $40 per month or more if you are outside the AWS Free Tier limits.

A LAMP stack that is not highly available would cost less than $1 per month if you qualify for the AWS Free Tier and are within its limits. 

To see a detailed breakdown of costs and adjust your billing estimate, explore the Pricing Calculator.