Free clouds: Setting up WordPress on a free Amazon EC2 instance

This blog is built on WordPress, installed on a Micro instance of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). This post describes how to set one up yourself. It’s a nice way to get started experimenting with EC2.

AWS offers a free usage tier, providing a free Amazon EC2 Micro Instance for a year, along with free usage of S3, Elastic Block Store, Elastic Load Balancing, and AWS data transfer. (If that sounded like a jumble of nonsense, you canĀ learn more about the AWS services here.) After the first year is up you could expect to spend around $15-$20 a month to maintain the Micro instance, depending on usage.

The whole process should take less than 30 minutes. Let’s get started.

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