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Modern Web Hosting (Part 2): Amazon Web Services

So after an absolutely horrible experience with 1&1, I decided to up my game. I knew who the leader in reliable web hosting was, I just didn’t want to spend the money. Amazon has long been the industry leader in bulletproof cloud computing. I had a little experience with them as I run a cloud-based application server for Ubiquiti Unifi wireless equipment. They have a platform that runs very efficiently on Ubuntu, so I launched an instance on their “free” platform, as the software controller uses relatively few resources.

Our CMS of choice is WordPress. I’ve used WordPress for years and generally love it. Of course running a website that represents a brand can be challenging as you must maintain uptime and not get hacked! With so many modules in play, a firewall is a must. Sometimes the resources used by a modern firewall running as a plugin can use a lot of resources, but usually for a relatively short amount of time daily. On a shared host, this can quickly become an issue and get your site suspended for using too many resources.

I chose Amazon Lightsail for my deployment of our main website. The setup was a bit different than the cloud computing EC2 instance I was running, but the same concept. I love the interface and ease of deployment. Each instance comes with the ability to do DNS hosting (included) and is the most concise DNS interface I’ve ever seen on a hosting setup. Keep in mind I used to maintain BIND servers on FreeBSD back in the olden days.

Amazon has just done a fantastic job setting up a rock solid deployment/maintenance platform for deploying WordPress sites. They’re completely segmented in their own computing resource blocks, and can be scaled at the swipe of a slider on a webpage. Need to double your processing power? Allocate another core! More RAM? Swipe right!

I’m so happy with the no-nonsense interface I feel like I’ve come home. There’s a little learning curve for anything new, but this was the simplest I’ve ever come across. Keep in mind, I’m a seasoned “server” dude and have tons of WordPress experience, so that helped.

Starting at $5/instance per month, it’s the most stable platform I can point you at for the money.

If you’re in the market for a website, there are lots of options out there. I’ve been hacked, compromised, taken down due to excessive usage, etc. If I can be of help to you, reach out and let’s chat. I’d be happy to set one of these up with/for you so you can build your own online enterprise.

 

 

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