WordPress is one of the most popular and known Content Management Systems. It’s an open source software, a feature that allows huge customization of the software itself, and anyway, its modular structure allowed the creation of thousands of plugins to extend its functionalities. In fact, WordPress has been adapted to serve in many different circumstances and it has proven to do that really well. It was born as a blogging platform, but it’s being used for many other purposes nowadays, many of them also quite different from traditional blogs, and in any case, it has proven to be an excellent tool for many big companies out there.
Nevertheless, installing WordPress on AWS can be challenging if you want to reach great performances and a high-security level. There are many possible ways to install and configure it, and the whole infrastructure can become quite complex if you add advanced features like cache proxy servers, content delivery systems, custom domain management, and automatic monitoring systems. This is exactly what our expert Linux System Administrator David Clinton will show you in this course on How to Install and Run WordPress on AWS.
In this course, David will show you how to install WordPress on AWS the easy way using a CloudFormation template, then will move on to standard installation on EC2, in a very similar fashion to what we are used to doing on our traditional, on-premises server. Then, to make your configuration more robust and resilient, David will teach you how to move your MySQL database to RDS, without losing any of your data.
After that, time to do some advanced tuning to your infrastructure. First of all, adding Varnish on the front end of your instance can really boost your performances. Varnish is an HTTP-accelerator and caching system that has been specifically written for dynamic websites like a WordPress instance, and can really make the difference when it’s properly configured. Another interesting bit of knowledge follows, with a lecture dedicated to adding CloudFront and Route53, then security concerns are addressed with some good hints to harden your website. The final video is dedicated to seeing how to configure CloudWatch to perform monitoring, and costs monitoring in particular.
It’s a great course, I think. David did a really good a job trying to explain some very hard concepts in easy word. Nevertheless, ensure to have at least some basic knowledge about EC2, RDS and the other services we talk about to get the best out of this tutorial. If you need to fill some holes in your preparation, check out our courses about EC2 and RDS, and our Introductory Video on AWS for Beginners.