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Hosting WordPress Using Amazon S3

Hosting WordPress Using Amazon S3

Minutes 8 Credits

SPL-39 Version 4.0.9

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Overview

This lab demonstrates how to use Amazon S3 for static website hosting. In this lab, you convert a WordPress website into a static website hosted on Amazon S3. The same concepts for enabling static website hosting in Amazon S3 covered in this lab can be used for hosting any static website, not just WordPress.

With a static website, individual webpages include static content. They might also contain client-side scripts. By contrast, a dynamic website relies on server-side processing, including server-side scripts such as PHP, JSP, or ASP.NET. Amazon S3 does not support server-side scripting.

WordPress by its nature is a dynamic website. In order to host a dynamic website, some form of a web server is required, such as an instance running on Amazon EC2 to host the web server application and database. This requires you to maintain not only the web application, but also the host operating system where it is running. You may also need to scale your application as the load increases, requiring more resources and adding to your maintenance and costs. An alternative to this is to convert your WordPress site to a static website. This has the advantage of dramatically reducing the hosting cost for a website while supporting a large-scale user base.

Overview

Topics covered

This lab will cover:

  • Configuring WordPress on Amazon EC2.
  • Exporting WordPress to static files.
  • Copying static files to an Amazon S3 static website.
  • Creating a script to send your Wordpress changes to Amazon S3.

Technical knowledge prerequisites

In order to successfully complete this exercise, you should be familiar with basic website concepts.

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Common login errors

Error : Federated login credentials

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