Available Approaches - Best Practices for WordPress on AWS

Available Approaches

AWS has a number of different options for provisioning virtual machines. There are three main ways to host your own WordPress website on AWS:

  • Amazon Lightsail

  • Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2)

  • AWS Marketplace

Amazon Lightsail is a service that allows you to quickly launch a virtual private server (a Lightsail instance) to host a WordPress website. Lightsail is the easiest way to get started if you don’t need highly configurable instance types or access to advanced networking features.

Amazon EC2 is a web service that provides resizable compute capacity so you can launch a virtual server within minutes. Amazon EC2 provides more configuration and management options than Lightsail, which is desirable in more advanced architectures. You have administrative access to your EC2 instances and can install any software packages you choose, including WordPress.

AWS Marketplace is an online store where you can find, buy, and quickly deploy software that runs on AWS. You can use 1-Click deployment to launch preconfigured WordPress images directly to Amazon EC2 in your own AWS account in just a few minutes. There are a number of Marketplace vendors offering ready-to-run WordPress instances.

We will cover the Lightsail option as the recommended implementation for a single server WordPress website.