WordPress Multisite Certified by Bitnami

WordPress Multisite is the same software that powers Wordpress.com, enabling administrators to host and manage multiple websites from the same WordPress instance. These websites can all have unique domain names and can be customized by their owners, while sharing assets such as themes and plugins that are made available by the server admin. Updates to all sites can be pushed at once, ensuring that they are always kept safe and secure. With WordPress Multisite, content creators are still free to publish in the same WordPress interface they know and love, without having to worry about update... See more

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Is this AMI really the problem?

  • By Bill Kuehnle
  • on 10/22/2017

Note: This review exceeds the suggested 300 word limit by ~130 words. If that bothers you, skip the explanation, the first paragraph and conclusion found at the end summarize the problem.

I don't accept the reviews claiming this does not work. I think blaming the AMI misses the point. Blame, if any, should be directed at code developed by 3rd parties not Bitnami or WordPress.

Explanation:
I tried this AMI in a staging environment and quickly reverted back to my saved version of a previous Bitnami AMI running PHP 5.6, I don't believe the AMI is at fault. I gave it 3 stars because I wish Bitnami offered another WP multi-site AMI with PHP 5.6. On the other hand, enabling people to continue avoiding PHP 7, especially with a WP site, isn't necessarily good practice.

A better solution would be to downgrade to PHP 5.6 yourself after installing the AMI. I suspect for many people that might prove too difficult and defeat the purpose of using a readymade AMI solution.

If anyone has experience where a site works with PHP 7 in another environment but doesn't work with this AMI, I would very much like to hear about it.

I would skip Bitnami altogether and install a stack on a generic EC2 Linux instance then install WP multi-site. However, I tend to like Bitnami's application solutions. The structure they implement, although often annoying, provides better security than I want to spend time implementing if starting from scratch.

This AMI would probably be getting 4 and 5 star reviews if users ran WordPress by itself. But who does that?

There are virtually always 3rd party themes and plugins involved. When I reverted to an older version, mentioned above, I was working with a site I inherited that depended on numerous (an understatement) plugins of questionable quality. There wasn't time or money available to debug so much code to resolve PHP 7 issues. The site contains code that is so poorly written that it won't run on PHP 5.6 either when debug is turned on; so many notices and warnings are generated that the page output cannot be rendered in a browser. Granted, debug should NOT be on in a production environment but, the ability to enable it in a dev environment would be nice.

Summary:
PHP 7 has been a long time in the making. WordPress core developers have been preparing for it and WP runs fine, and much faster, by itself with this AMI but frequently themes and/or plugins do not because they were developed using PHP 5.6, or older, and are often poorly written to begin with. Theme/plugin developers state what version of WP they have tested against but usually don't mention, or even consider, whether PHP 7 is supported.

No longer works

  • By jbesw
  • on 09/26/2017

This used be a near-perfect AMI but has completely stopped working on AWS. Hopefully Bitnami can fix this but it's been broken for some time.

Don't waste your time

  • By Andrew
  • on 08/24/2017

As reported by reviewers for over 2 months, this AMI is worthless. Follow their instructions and you'll end up not being able to login to your WP instance.

False product

  • By Kiko
  • on 07/05/2017

NOT WORKING!!!

Worst experience ever. No multisite. No networking configuration. Unsecured MySql installation. In any case this is an install-and-go image. Bitnami is the worst software images provider ever seen.

It has been impossible to set up this image.

Non-functional, could not login, cookies domain missconfiguration

  • By Dmitry from Kuoll
  • on 06/24/2017

After installation it sets the default site to http://***.compute-1.amazonaws.com/
and cookies are not enabled to accessible, so, wordpress disallows login.

Error message:
> ERROR: Cookies are blocked or not supported by your browser. You must enable cookies to use WordPress.

Default configuration redirects from http://www.kuoll.com/ to http://***.compute-1.amazonaws.com/

Edited wp-config, still no solution.

Non-multisite instance by Bitnami works ok.

Excelent

  • By DC Asta
  • on 10/01/2015

Great service, great value, thanks to AWS, WordPress, and Bitnami. Very user friendly installation.

Just to remind everyone that Route53 will cause 0,51 for mapping a sub-domain (creating zone) on your test "free tier" Wordprise multisite.

Wordpress Bitnami

  • By Carlos Manga
  • on 08/22/2015

It is a very good product is already configured and optimized by Bitnami team. Installation is quick and effective. With a few clicks to get a wordpress first-line server!

Great and Quick

  • By WP-User
  • on 08/19/2015

Nice and easy setup, great documentation and overall a great reason to keep using Wordpress and AWS. The Bitnami community around the product is also extremely helpful to get your questions answered.

Works well and is setup nicely

  • By Craig Williams
  • on 08/08/2015

This AMI did exactly what I wanted and saved a ton of time setting up everything for WP MU.

The only issue is the default configuration didn't allow me access and I had to SSH in and make a few changes to get access to my site but after that everything was super easy to run.

Nice!! Very Good!!

  • By Ralf Ramos
  • on 01/28/2015

Excellent, well configured and secure! Easy to set up ! Great community support. The documentation is incomplete . But I recommend the product .

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