Quick Review: Amazon Lightsail for WordPress Hosting

I’ve managed Web sites with Joomla, WordPress and other Content Management Systems (CMS) in the past. Over the last several years, I’ve really learned to like WordPress for blogging. It’s a wonderful and robust blogging engine with enormous capabilities. However, finding a reliable and inexpensive Web host for WordPress with flexibility hasn’t been as easy. I always look for something easy to manage, but also powerful, if necessary, for certain tasks. I’ve used the traditional Web hosts, only to get a Joomla Web site hacked, social engineering attacks on another and hard to manage Web hosting settings.

For those who don’t know, WordPress is a very popular CMS platform, which is no longer just used for blogging. It can also be used for e-commerce and businesses with a variety of plug-ins from the makers of WordPress, Automattic, and other developers. WordPress has a very active community and help is very easy to get. Themes are all over the Web for WordPress, either for free or small fees. WordPress is now powering up to 30% of today’s Web sites (story here via Venture Beat — and others)!

I’ve recently tried using Microsoft Azure, but for WordPress, it’s almost overkill. It’s harder to setup, even with the packaged WordPress options. It’s also costly for just a simple blog. So, enter Amazon Lightsail. Amazon Lightsail was announced in 2016 as a Virtual Server Provider (VPS). With prices starting at just $5/month (up to $80/month) for Linux hosting and $10/month (up to $100/month) for Windows, this is relatively inexpensive. The pricing tiers are based on processing, memory and storage capacity as well as network traffic.

Setup for a WordPress blog on Amazon Lightsail is a breeze. See the below screenshot for how the user interface looks for managing an Amazon Lightsail instance.

As you can see, the layout for an Amazon Lightsail instance is very good and well thought out. It’s so easy to point a domain name to the server’s static IP address, once a static IP address is setup. WordPress is installed via Bitnami and their packages for WordPress, makes setup from creating an Amazon Lightsail instance, to domain name pointing, and WordPress installation done in less than 20 minutes for the typical settings.

So far, I haven’t had the downtime like I’ve had with Microsoft Azure. Azure seemed to have much downtime, whereas Amazon Lightsail hasn’t had any noticeable downtime. The performance for just the $5/month plan is very good for WordPress.

As of right now, I highly recommend Amazon Lightsail because I’ve had a tremendous experience working with Amazon Lightsail for WordPress.

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