Setting Up WordPress on Amazon EC2 in 5 minutes

Step 1: Create an AWS Account

First things first: you need to create your AWS account. You can sign up here. You’ll have to provide a credit card and a phone number where you will be called as part of the online registration process for verification purposes. Amazon offers a Free Usage Tier, which is great to explore the services and even host real apps without being charged. Check the details here.

Step 2: Create an Instance

What type of EC2 instance should you use? I started my experiments with a Micro instance because its price structure is very attractive. However, after a few minutes to a couple of hours, my blog systematically became unresponsive and I had to restart Apache and/or MySQL. I did some research, and found out that other people were reporting similar problems. It may depend on your blog traffic. My blog typically gets a few thousand page views a day. It also hosts live sample applications running with a PHP or a Java back-end running on Tomcat. It looks like that combination was too much for a Micro instance. I tried a Small instance and the problems went away. Greg Wilson has a great post on the limitations of the Micro instance.

To create a new instance, access the AWS Management Console and click the EC2 tab:

  • Choose an AMI in the classic instance wizard: I chose the Basic 32-bit Amazon Linux AMI.
  • Instance details: Select the Instance Type you want to use. I chose Small (m1.small).
  • Create a new key pair. Enter a name for your key pair (i.e. christophe) and download your key pair (i.e. christophe.pem).
  • Select the quick start security group.
  • Launch your instance.

Step 3: SSH into your Instance

Once your instance is running, you can ssh into it. First, you need to identify the address of your instance: Select the instance in the AWS Management Console, and look for the Public DNS in the instance description (bottom part of the screen).

Use that address (and a path to your .pem file) to ssh into your instance:
ssh ec2-user@ec2-50-17-14-16.compute-1.amazonaws.com -i ~/christophe.pem

If you get a message about your .pem file permissions being too open, chmod your .pem file as follows:
chmod 600 ~/christophe.pem

Many of the shell commands below require root access. To avoid having to prefix these commands with sudo, let’s just switch user once and for all:
sudo su

Step 4: Install the Apache Web Server

To install the Apache Web Server, type:
yum install httpd

Start the Apache Web Server:
service httpd start

To test your Web Server, open a browser and access your web site: http://ec2-50-17-14-16.compute-1.amazonaws.com (Use your actual public DNS name). You should see a standard Amazon place holder page.

Step 5: Install PHP

To install PHP, type:
yum install php php-mysql

Restart the Apache Web Server:
service httpd restart

Create a page to test your PHP installation:
cd /var/www/html
vi test.php

  1. Type i to start the insert mode
  2. Type <?php phpinfo() ?>
  3. Type :wq to write the file and quit vi

Open a browser and access test.php to test your PHP installation: http://ec2-50-17-14-16.compute-1.amazonaws.com/test.php (Use your actual public DNS name).

Step 6: Install MySQL

To install MySQL, type:
yum install mysql-server

Start MySQL:
service mysqld start

Create your “blog” database:
mysqladmin -uroot create blog

Secure your database:
mysql_secure_Installation

Answer the wizard questions as follows:

  1. Enter current password for root: Press return for none
  2. Change Root Password: Y
  3. New Password: Enter your new password
  4. Remove anonymous user: Y
  5. Disallow root login remotely: Y
  6. Remove test database and access to it: Y
  7. Reload privilege tables now: Y

Step 7: Install WordPress

To install WordPress, type:
cd /var/www/html
wget http://wordpress.org/latest.tar.gz
tar -xzvf latest.tar.gzcd

This will uncompress WordPress in its own “wordpress” directory. I like having WordPress in a separate directory, but would rather rename it to “blog”:
mv wordpress blog

Create the WordPress wp-config.php file:
cd blog
mv wp-config-sample.php wp-config.php
vi wp-config.php

  1. Type i to start insert mode.
  2. Modify the database connection parameters as follows:
    define(‘DB_NAME’, ‘blog’);
    define(‘DB_USER’, ‘root’);
    define(‘DB_PASSWORD’, ‘YOUR_PASSWORD’);
    define(‘DB_HOST’, ‘localhost’);
  3. Type :wq to write the file and quit vi

Open a Browser and access your blog: http://ec2-50-17-14-16.compute-1.amazonaws.com/blog (Use your actual public DNS name). This should trigger the WordPress configuration process.

Step 8: Map IP Address and Domain Name

To use your blog in production, you will have to:

  1. Associate an IP address to your instance
  2. Map your domain name to that IP address

To associate an IP address to your instance:

  1. In the AWS Management Console, click Elastic IPs (left navigation bar)
  2. Click Allocate New Address, and confirm by clicking the “Yes, Allocate” button
  3. Right-click the newly allocated IP address and select “Associate” in the popup menu. Select the instance you just created and click “Yes, Associate”

To map your domain name to your IP address, you will have to use the tools provided by your domain registrar. If you use GoDaddy, specify NS73.DOMAINCONTROL.COM and NS74.DOMAINCONTROL.COM as the name servers for your domain, and use the DNS Manager to modify the A record and point to your IP address. Documentation is available here.

Once everything is configured and mapped correctly, access the General Settings in the WordPress management console and make sure the WordPress Address and Site Address are specified correctly using your domain name as in the screenshot below.

204 Responses to Setting Up WordPress on Amazon EC2 in 5 minutes

  1. JCLang January 6, 2012 at 10:03 am #

    Thx again Christophe.
    I love your tutorials, it’s a great source of inspiration.

  2. Cornel Creanga January 6, 2012 at 10:18 am #

    Hi Christophe,

    Amazon CloudFormation already has an word press template (https://s3.amazonaws.com/cloudformation-templates-us-east-1/WordPress_Single_Instance.template), so if you don’t need some special configuration it is a viable option (and way faster to setup).

  3. Alistair January 6, 2012 at 7:02 pm #

    Hi

    Thanks for the article, wish I had found it 20 mins earlier. This is my first attempt at such a feat! I have installed wordpress on EC2 and want to make it available on blog.mydomain.com.

    I’ve made a mistake somewhere (I think by updating the WP general settings before completing all of your steps) and lost the site (I see a plain text version at blog.mydomain.com/wordpress.

    When I go to blog.mydomain.com I see the BitNami welcome page.

    I’ve registered the subdomain and pointed it at the newly created IP address.

    I haven’t changed the name servers with my registrar.

    Please help!

    Thanks
    Alistair

  4. Christophe January 7, 2012 at 3:35 pm #

    @Alistair: The instructions above do not use BitNami. If you see a BitNami welcome page, you must have followed other instructions or used another AMI. So it’s hard to tell what’s wrong with your specific setup. That being said, if you installed wordpress in its own “wordpress” directory and you want your blog to show up when accessing the root directory, you have to use an .htaccess file with a RewriteRule. I’m using: RewriteRule ^$ /blog.

  5. SC January 15, 2012 at 6:40 pm #

    Thank you for your tutorial! It was really helpful
    I am currently having some trouble with associating my IP address with the instance.
    After associating with it, I found that I am unable to go to the WordPress management console.
    Can you please advise?

    Thanks!!

    • ricko August 26, 2013 at 7:21 pm #

      It’s probably too late to answer this but could be useful for others.

      You can just add a new line to your /etc/hosts file and that will allow you to login again.

      You can find a detailed solution here: http://codechili.org/blog/?p=175#self

  6. Aditya January 19, 2012 at 9:51 am #

    Hi Christophe,

    Could you share a bit more info on how to perform backup for wordpress on amazon ec2.
    Are there certain information we need to know to avoid that “oppss” moment where the entire wordpress (app, file and db) gone without trace and cannot be recovered.

    Thank you

    aditya

  7. King Sidharth January 30, 2012 at 8:00 am #

    After associating IP with my instance – SSH stopped working and WordPress is not responding :/

    • Christophe January 31, 2012 at 8:31 pm #

      The public DNS changes when you restart the instance. Have you tried SSHing with the ip address you assigned?

    • Michael Dobbertin December 27, 2012 at 3:37 pm #

      The same issue is happening to me… everything worked correctly, except that after associating the IP with my instance and going to “/blog” makes the browser spin for awhile, then gives me the blog page without any CSS. Attempting to login (wp-login) doesn’t work at all – spins for awhile then times out.

      • Shibi Kannan January 20, 2014 at 4:05 am #

        Is there any solution for the CSS not showing up. I have same problem plus I am also having trouble uploading any media file. I think it has got something to do with setting proper permissions through the Apache server.

        • CodyK April 16, 2014 at 3:43 pm #

          Simple suggestion but, did you check your .htaccess file to see if it is blocking access to external files?

  8. tyler January 31, 2012 at 7:16 pm #

    Christophe,

    I followed your instructions word for word, but unfortunately no matter was I do I cannot get the standard default amazon page to load, or the Public DNS to resolve at all…any advice? I have terminated and restarted from scratch about 3 times now…thanks!

    • Christophe January 31, 2012 at 8:36 pm #

      Tyler,
      Did the web server start successfully? Can you ping your host?
      Christophe

      • tyler January 31, 2012 at 10:52 pm #

        Thanks Christophe, I had to set the HTTP rule in the security settings, everything is fine and dandy now! Thanks!

        • Christophe February 1, 2012 at 4:50 am #

          Great to hear!

          • Seth August 3, 2012 at 1:57 pm #

            I had this problem as well. It is necessary to go into the AWS console and click ‘Security Groups’ and then create a new rule: HTTP and ‘Add Rule’.

        • sander November 16, 2013 at 5:31 am #

          Hello Tyler having the same problem

          You find ou this
          Thanks Christophe, I had to set the HTTP rule in the security settings, everything is fine and dandy now! Thanks!
          But can you explain what you did

          Thanks Sander

          Christophe,

          I followed your instructions word for word, but unfortunately no matter was I do I cannot get the standard default amazon page to load, or the Public DNS to resolve at all…any advice? I have terminated and restarted from scratch about 3 times now…thanks!

  9. sharif February 3, 2012 at 1:07 am #

    Hi there, thanks a lot or this.

    The only problem I have is that I can’t upload anything through wordpress. I believe this might have something to do with file and folder ownerships. Do you have any idea?

    Thanks!

    • brun February 9, 2012 at 9:46 am #

      Same here. I’m running a similar installation, will try to change permissions to /var/www/html folder so that regular user ec2-user can read and write there, then download WordPress as that user and not as root.

      What I did was, before downloading/installing WordPress (the wget command), allow reading/writing/executing things to everyone in the /html directory by writing this: chmod 777 var/www/html

      Then I exited su mode by writing exit (prompt changes from # to $). Then I did the rest as the regular ec2-user instead of root, wgetting the latest WordPress ZIP, unzipping, renaming, etc. WIll let you know if it works when I’m over!

  10. Gary February 7, 2012 at 11:09 pm #

    Nice job. Worked for me! thanks!
    Just 2 typos: mysql_secure_Installation should be mysql_secure_installation
    tar -xzvf latest.tar.gzcd should be tar -xzvf latest.tar.gz

    Also, I was not sure if it was necessary to change:
    define(‘DB_HOST’, ‘localhost’);
    So I just left it alone. Seems to be working.
    Thanks again!

    • pferg February 20, 2014 at 8:47 am #

      I agree with this coment:

      tar -xzvf latest.tar.gzcd should be just tar -xzvf latest.tar.gz

  11. Dave Porter February 26, 2012 at 7:39 am #

    Thanks for a great article – just worked through it and all worked out perfectly…

    My question is, how do I configure my server for multiple domains ?
    Is there a management tool I can install to do this ?

    TIA, Dave

  12. Sam March 3, 2012 at 9:47 am #

    mysql_secure_Installation under the “Secure your database” step should be mysql_secure_installation. It’s apparently case sensitive and didn’t work until I lowercased the “i”.

  13. Jeff March 17, 2012 at 7:39 pm #

    Thanks for this guide, Cristophe, very helpful!

    Can you comment on any differences that might exist if you were looking to have this wordpress site at conraets.org as opposed the /blog subdirectory? I have followed your instructions up until the end, but am not sure how to point the domain due to the fact that I’d like the blog to exist on the root domain.

    Thanks again!
    Jeff

  14. khoskin March 22, 2012 at 1:51 pm #

    Thanks so much – straight forward and clear …

    2 small corrections –

    mysql_secure_Installation should be mysql_secure_installation

    and

    tar -xzvf latest.tar.gzcd should be tar -xzvf latest.tar.gz

    chrs

    • khoskin March 22, 2012 at 1:52 pm #

      I really should have read the other comments .

      chrs

  15. Carlos April 2, 2012 at 7:09 am #

    I created the stack, the WP installation…now how do I connect to SFTP using a program such as Transmit. Can you help on this? I created a key pair but the key is not associated to the existing stack. Don’t know if this is the problem and how to solve it. Thanks

  16. Miguel April 7, 2012 at 11:23 am #

    So helpful. Restored my faith in how mankind is dealing with technology :)

  17. John Littefield May 13, 2012 at 5:30 pm #

    After installing wordpress if you are being prompted for ftp credentials when you try to add or delete plugins or themes try changing the ownership of the web files to apache which is the username that the Apache server runs under. Many thanks to Christopher Coenraiets for this great page of instructions. There is another good instructional post at http://compositecode.com/2011/03/29/aws-linux-ec2-wordpress-free/ that was very helpful.

    chown -R apache /var/www/html
    chmod -R 755 /var/www/html

  18. Paul May 30, 2012 at 2:31 pm #

    This is a brilliant tutorial, it all worked perfectly…and I’m anything but a developper !
    I’ve started with the micro version as i’m just launching the site…we’ll see
    Regards
    Paul

  19. Johanna May 31, 2012 at 2:05 am #

    Christophe, is there a way to get a php site on ec2 that is not a wordpress blog? I’ve been trying to make it work on s3 but so far my site seems to be displaying more or less okay on Firefox -with minor details – but when I try to access the url on IE or Chrome I get a download message. From what I have learned so far about php driven sites I need ec2 and I spent some time learning how to create an instance but then the option presented is to launch a WP blog which I don’t want.

    Johanna

  20. Tyson June 1, 2012 at 2:26 am #

    Found this post extremely helpful when migrating my blog to Self Host WordPress on EC2. I recently had to deal with a big traffic spike and wrote a quick blog post about it, thought some of the other folks reading this post and getting started might find it helpful: http://www.etherealbits.com/?p=97.

  21. Jeff June 6, 2012 at 6:57 pm #

    Christophe- awesome, thanks so much for this, it was INCREDIBLY useful! FYI, the “quick-start-1″ security choice only enabled SSH for me. I had to go back into it and manually add HTTP and HTTPS.

  22. Tony June 6, 2012 at 9:18 pm #

    Everything worked as far as installing WordPress , but when I tried to update a plugin and was asked about FTP username and password, well that is when my world began to unravel =[

  23. Jeff June 7, 2012 at 5:07 pm #

    Hi Christophe – thanks again for this great write up. I have one follow up question, if you don’t mind. I see that EC2 assigns a new public DNS when you restart the instance. but WordPress seems to use absolute paths in their urls, so when i restart the instance all of the links point to the old DNS and consequently fail. I’ve read the two solutions to this are to: 1) manually change the links; or 2) use a redirect plugin. Is there a way to address avoid this issue when installing WordPress after creating the instance – such as have WordPress use an elastic IP when it sets up its absolute paths?

  24. Zaheer June 18, 2012 at 8:13 pm #

    Some quick tips for first-timers/corrections:
    1. In Step 5 before typing ‘:wq’ you must hit the ‘esc’ key in terminal
    2. In Step 6
    mysql_secure_Installation
    should read (notice the ‘i’ in installation is lower-case):
    mysql_secure_installation

  25. Chief Editor June 23, 2012 at 6:57 pm #

    Very good info. Have you experience to make cluster for wordpress to avoid failure due bursting of single instance? In such case how to share files and database? How to routinely backup files? Any help

  26. Shubz July 12, 2012 at 11:30 am #

    A great articles! Now time to move Tekkish over onto EC2! :-)

  27. Tony July 16, 2012 at 8:23 pm #

    Hi Chris,

    Thanks for the tutorial, but I am having trouble increasing the max_upload size, my theme is exceeding the limit

    Cheers

  28. squashbrain July 17, 2012 at 4:05 am #

    Hello. Thanks so much for this blog entry. I was able to get up and running quickly. However I think I have discovered something that may be out of order in your steps. When you create an Elastic IP in step 8, you are given a different IP address than when you first set up the EC2 instance. If you install WordPress first, then create and use an Elastic IP, you will end up with a WordPress installation with broken links. This happened to me. I followed your steps to the letter and when WordPress installed, the domain was that long Public DNS assigned to me. WordPress must have stored this in the DB somewhere. After I created the Elastic IP, the DNS is now a single ip for the hostname and WordPress would try to load then I would get ugly unstyled broken pages. To test, I deleted my EC2 and followed your tutorial over again but this time, before installing WordPress, I added the Elastic IP. This time it worked. To prove myself, I did this 2 more times, one following your to the letter and the second by swapping the Elastic IP/Wordpress install steps and same perfect results. Hope this help someone with the same issue. Thanks again for this post!!!!!

    • Darren April 5, 2013 at 5:59 pm #

      IT IS AS SQUASHBRAIN SAYS– you MUST get an elastic IP and then associate the elastic IP with the amazon instance BEFORE doing the install, otherwise bad things. Another helpful thing — the security group the instance belongs to needs to have a lot of inbound services allowed, I allowed pretty much everything, such as HTTP, SSH, SFTP, HTTPS, ICMP (for pinging), MYSQL (not MS SQL). Works great. Thanks for the instructions Christophe, I could not have done it without you. Thanks also to Squashbrain for the fix.

  29. kerry July 30, 2012 at 11:22 am #

    Hi, I have just downloaded the Amazon free bundle and I am looking to put upload wordpress onto the amazon server – are you just referring to the blog side? as i want to do the full website?? thanks k

  30. Mohammed August 4, 2012 at 1:53 am #

    is this going to be a better option then paying for VPS or even dedicated server??

  31. Shaine Fisher August 17, 2012 at 3:08 pm #

    I have NEVER touch any server that isnt windows, this was my first commandline install, you made it so easy, working perfectly, thank you!

  32. Jack Savier I August 22, 2012 at 4:37 pm #

    Thank you very much, realy good tutorial, it works perfect.

  33. Fa1c0n August 29, 2012 at 6:50 am #

    Im currently running a working wordpress blog on an EC2 instance also.
    Im just on the “Small” size instance and it seems to be working fine. This is one of the cheaper instances.
    I was able to cut a lot of time out cause i used plesk. That put php and apache an stuff on there for me.
    If you interested to see it you can have a look at:
    http://www.system-administration.net/step-by-step-tutorials/how-do-i-get-the-cloud/
    Cheers guys!

  34. Rod Picazo September 4, 2012 at 8:19 pm #

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    Great article! I’m migrating my site from inmotion hosting to Amazon Web Services. I had some truble with inmotion some time ago with wp-cron using a lot of resources so I disabled wp-cron and created a custom cron job for my site using this tutorial http://wp.tutsplus.com/articles/insights-into-wp-cron-an-introduction-to-scheduling-tasks-in-wordpress/ which helped a lot. Any idea on how I can do the same (create a custom cron job) in order to save resources within Amazon Web Services pleas??

  35. stemie September 17, 2012 at 8:08 am #

    Hi thanks for this useful info.
    Im trying to setup phpmyadmin but I am being denied permission to edit the files.
    Im trying to edit the file: phpmyadmin.conf
    Im presuming I need to chmod, I tired chmod o+w phpmyadmin with no luck.
    Any tips?

  36. Oliver September 21, 2012 at 3:29 pm #

    Thank you very much for these useful tipps, I will soon migrate my blog to AWS.

  37. Ralph A. Brandt September 24, 2012 at 2:16 am #

    What is a .pem file and how do I get one?

  38. christian October 25, 2012 at 11:53 pm #

    Hi there. this has all been easy enough but the trickier step for me seems to be explained with the phrase “and a path to your .pem file”

    I’ve got the .pem file on my desktop but the terminal cant find it there. This much is clear.

    Could you help guide me through how to put it into the right file so that terminal can find it and i can therefore ssh in?

    any help really really really appreciated!

    cheers
    christian

  39. Jeff Jones November 12, 2012 at 1:33 am #

    Fantastic article! would have never figured it out with this!!!!!

  40. Otto Rask November 12, 2012 at 9:24 am #

    Hello and thanks for the clear tutorial. :)

    Do you have any information/experience on how much an average WordPress website costs you on AWS? I’m juggling between shared/semi-shared hosting and using AWS for a few websites.

  41. Vikram Ravindhran November 29, 2012 at 6:15 pm #

    I saw several comments that some of them are facing problem after associating the Elastic IP address.

    To fix this problem, you need to update the new IP address in the database. The steps are here.

    Login into MySQL db.

    1. SELECT option_value FROM `wp_options` WHERE option_name = ‘siteurl’

    You should see the old address.

    Now run the below update statement by adding you Elastic IP address.

    2. UPDATE option_value SET option_value = your_new_elastic_ip_address_goes_here

    Thats should solve the problem. I used PHPMyAdmin to do the changes from browser itself with executing the SQL and it worked for me.

  42. Héctor December 6, 2012 at 7:10 pm #

    Thank you! Very good!

    I’m only need to add http rule in Security but always perfect!

  43. Ira Michael Blonder December 16, 2012 at 4:16 pm #

    Hello.

    Thanks for this guide. I am unable to ssh into the instance I have built. The error message I am receiving is “permission denied public key” I have set the local permissions for the key to read only. Any ideas why I am still receiving this message?

    Thanks

    Ira

  44. Ira Michael Blonder December 16, 2012 at 4:30 pm #

    Just fixed the issue: this information is correct: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/1454629/aws-ssh-access-permission-denied-publickey-issue
    If experiencing the same issue as I noted in my question, and you are running Ubuntu 10.04 or later, then scroll down the above page to note a comment from “delinquentme” which fixes it. I am now logged in.

    Ira

  45. sohbet odalari December 20, 2012 at 6:42 pm #

    very thanks

  46. John December 23, 2012 at 10:54 pm #

    you are my hero. I spent hours trying to do this. Then I found you tutorial. thank you.

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  48. Jo January 4, 2013 at 4:50 am #

    Hi, my first time here, and a huge fun of yours already.

    Here’s my case, recently I’ve transferred a website to my regular host that I would like to move and use the domain only to build a new website through Amazon EC2 from scratch. Meanwhile, how do I move this:”Index of /

    jo/
    oldfolder/

    Apache Server at mydomain.com Port 80″

    oldfolder safely onto my hard drive? At this point, I am only interested in the domain name.

    Further, is it possible to move an existing wordpress website to Amazon EC2?

    Your help is very much appreciated in advance.

    Kindest regards,

    Jo

  49. Fyord January 8, 2013 at 1:52 am #

    Cheers for the info mate,

    Is the micro instance you initially setup the free for the initial 12 months deal?

  50. Matthew January 8, 2013 at 10:16 am #

    I’m getting the permission denied (publickey) error when I try and ssh in step 3. i’ve followed the instruction letter for letter up to that point.

  51. Mike B. January 14, 2013 at 4:28 pm #

    Very good and well written information, Christophe. It might be helpful to add a section that explains how to install a ssl certificate such that access to the admin login screen and dashboard requires https. The objective being to encrypt the admin’s credentials and subsequent configuration activities in the dashboard.

  52. Dan Cz January 16, 2013 at 8:57 pm #

    WARNING: NOOB QUESTION AHEAD

    Hello,
    I am getting hung up at
    Step 5: Install PHP

    I get all the way down to the last line about :wg to write the file and quit vi.
    I do it, but it doesn’t do anything. I don’t know how to get out without disconnecting.
    When I go to …/test.php, there is nothing there. I have done the same thing with test2.php and test3.php
    I would just skip over it, but I see that the next part about installing Word Press involves the same :wq command.

    Little help ?

  53. Paul January 18, 2013 at 4:21 pm #

    Great post. quick step by step guide, how do we connect ftp client for uploading files?

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  57. lysdexia February 2, 2013 at 5:18 pm #

    Good stuff! One thing that you might want to add is that with wp 3.5.1 it is good to change the ownership of wp-content to the apache group.

    All things being equal to the instructions above, just type

    sudo chown -R apache:apache /var/www/html/blog

    This will keep one from getting annoying file permission errors when attempting to upload media, resulting in a bitter outlook and eventual angry-robot-spewing-sarin-gas-upon-mine-enemies rants on that same, imageless blog.

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  59. Anderson February 9, 2013 at 2:08 am #

    Thanks for the tip
    I have only one problem
    I setup everything as you said.
    But I can only access my blog if I use my ip address.
    Not my domain.
    The domain said page not found.

    is there any other thing I need to do other than associate a instance to my ip and set the NS and A records?

    Thanks

  60. Jeff February 25, 2013 at 8:28 pm #

    I’ve written a detailed post on optimizing WordPress on AWS EC2 with Varnish Cache, Apache and W3 Total Cache.

    http://jeffreifman.com/detailed-wordpress-guide-for-aws/

  61. Brandon March 19, 2013 at 2:36 am #

    I was able to login using winscp with sftp mode, but how do I run the shell to type those commands?

  62. Anthony March 21, 2013 at 2:02 am #

    Hi,

    Brilliant tutorial, I am just left with a problem, .htaccess files are needed by wordpress and not matter how many tutorials I go through it doesn’t seem to be as simple as updating httpd.conf, I have set every AllowOverride ALL and restarted by have no luck at all.

    Is there any chance you could point me in the right direction I feel so close to having a working install.

    Many thanks.

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  30. Setting Up WordPress on Amazon EC2 | Mikko Rusama Blog - January 21, 2013

    [...] found Christophe Coenraets’s blog about Setting Up WordPress on Amazon EC2 in 5 minutes and inspired by that decided to setup a blog of my own that would reside in the cloud running on [...]

  31. Wordpress on ec2 | Ragnar's blog - February 1, 2013

    [...] post about installing wordpress on Amazon ec2! This entry was posted in Uncategorized on February 1, [...]

  32. Hello world! | Steve's Blog - February 23, 2013

    [...] posting.  Thanks go to http://coenraets.org/blog/2012/01/setting-up-wordpress-on-amazon-ec2-in-5-minutes/ for the good write-up concerning how to create a blog vm on EC2. This entry was posted in [...]

  33. HOW TO: Install Wordpress on Amazon EC2 | Jorge Chang - February 24, 2013

    [...] Coenraets has an amazing tutorial on how to install WordPress on EC2 here. So I am not going to repeat it here, since it was really that simple and took less that 5 minutes [...]

  34. Launch your WordPress blog with JumpBox | Life runs on code - March 7, 2013

    [...] up WordPress blog with AWS EC2 still requires some tech steps. Here is a blog post that you can follow to create your blog. Out of the blue, I just found an easier way to do that:1) [...]

  35. Getting Setup! | MattMcNaughton - May 11, 2013

    [...] http://coenraets.org/blog/2012/01/setting-up-wordpress-on-amazon-ec2-in-5-minutes/ [...]

  36. In search of a new web host | Ardamis - June 1, 2013

    [...] option would be to not go with a hosting company at all and just use Amazon EC2 to self-host my blog. I have seriously considered doing this, but by some accounts, it’s actually more expensive [...]

  37. PHP désormais suporté par Google AppEngine (GAE) ← Bruno Soufo Personnal blog - June 2, 2013

    [...] des langage de développement weble plus utilisé. De plus la concurence avec Amazon EC2 (Php/wordpress sur Amazon Cloud ou en français) et Microsoft Azure (Php(wordpress) sur [...]

  38. Set up wordpress on amazon ec2 in 5 minutes | Corporate Training - June 8, 2013

    [...] http://coenraets.org/blog/2012/01/setting-up-wordpress-on-amazon-ec2-in-5-minutes/ [...]

  39. Updating Wordpress in Amazon Linux AMI | Blog de Devniel - June 9, 2013

    [...] [2]http://coenraets.org/blog/2012/01/setting-up-wordpress-on-amazon-ec2-in-5-minutes/ [...]

  40. Hello AWS, LAMP, WordPress!——个人博客建立手记 | lykFantasy - July 14, 2013

    [...] Ref:Setting Up WordPress on Amazon EC2 in 5 minutes (试了不好用才有我上面这么麻烦的) [...]

  41. I just installed wordpress | wp.david-fox.com - July 25, 2013

    [...] only took about 5 minutes! I used this page to help me though. I’m going to put some text below to pad this out a [...]

  42. Host Your Blog at Amazon Web Services and Why Is Amazon Amazing | Student of Value - August 12, 2013

    [...] Setting Up WordPress on Amazon EC2 in 5 Minutes [...]

  43. Setting Up WordPress on Amazon EC2 | Yueyong Su's Blog - August 16, 2013

    [...] useful links: http://coenraets.org/blog/2012/01/setting-up-wordpress-on-amazon-ec2-in-5-minutes/ [...]

  44. I’ve changed my blog hostname and I can’t login again Cambie el nombre del servidor de mi blog y no puedo ingresar de nuevo | Code & Chili - August 26, 2013

    [...] I deployed a WordPress blog in AWS-EC2 following this great post . Unfortunately I installed almost everything before creating a public IP for my EC2 instance, so [...]

  45. Setting up wordpress on AWS EC2. | Statistics, Data and Technology - August 30, 2013

    [...] http://coenraets.org/blog/2012/01/setting-up-wordpress-on-amazon-ec2-in-5-minutes/ [...]

  46. » WordPress Site to AWS EC2 Server - Fay Pickering - September 4, 2013

    [...] So the initial set up can be followed by instructions found here: http://coenraets.org/blog/2012/01/setting-up-wordpress-on-amazon-ec2-in-5-minutes/ [...]

  47. Setting Up WordPress on Amazon EC2 | Try Remember - September 20, 2013

    [...] useful links: http://coenraets.org/blog/2012/01/setting-up-wordpress-on-amazon-ec2-in-5-minutes/ [...]

  48. Credit Card Processing Service - Merchant Account - September 26, 2013

    [...] Original Post: http://coenraets.org/blog/2012/01/setting-up-wordpress-on-amazon-ec2-in-5-minutes/ [...]

  49. A Journey’s Start | Tech Journey Blog - October 28, 2013

    [...] I may get into the technicals at some point in the future but the basics are a single t1.micro instance and the RedHat Linux AMI.  I used a number of tutorials to get started but the easiest to understand was definitely this one. [...]

  50. Returning to a wordpress ec2 instance to find "AWS Elastic Beanstalk PHP application" | Technology & Programming - November 13, 2013

    [...] a month ago I installed wordpress on a ec2 instance following this tutorial. I just came back to it and it was completely not live I had to run. I remember when I last left it [...]

  51. Weissint » Blog Archive » The First Post - November 18, 2013

    [...] (at least for now) it’s pretty easy to do and there are plenty of tutorials on how to do it (this one for [...]

  52. Amazon and Microsoft Cloud for Podcasters | Raleighite.comRaleighite.com - December 12, 2013

    [...] to write up some basic how to blog posts to get you going. If you can’t wait just check out this post for step by step instructions. Are you happy with your webhost? Let me know if you’ve got a [...]

  53. Setting Up WordPress on Amazon EC2 | Yueyong Su - January 12, 2014

    [...] useful links: http://coenraets.org/blog/2012/01/setting-up-wordpress-on-amazon-ec2-in-5-minutes/ [...]

  54. My first blog post | BPMathews Blog - February 1, 2014

    […] I have next to no experience in web development so I had to rely on some outside help. I found http://coenraets.org/blog/2012/01/setting-up-wordpress-on-amazon-ec2-in-5-minutes/ to be incredibly helpful and with any luck this will help someone else in my […]

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