To launch WordPress on cloud hosting, follow these steps:
- Choose a cloud hosting provider: There are several cloud hosting providers available, such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Microsoft Azure, and DigitalOcean. Research and choose the one that suits your needs and budget.
- Set up an account: Sign up for an account with the chosen cloud hosting provider. This usually requires providing your personal and payment information.
- Create a new instance/virtual machine: Once you have an account, create a new virtual machine (VM) instance. Select the desired specifications, such as the operating system, CPU, RAM, and storage capacity.
- Configure security settings: Configure the security settings for your VM, such as firewall rules and SSH key pairs, to ensure your WordPress installation remains secure.
- Install WordPress: Once your VM is set up, log in to the VM using SSH (Secure Shell) or any other remote access method provided by your cloud hosting provider. Install WordPress by manually downloading the WordPress files and uploading them to your VM, or use tools provided by the cloud hosting provider to automate the installation.
- Configure the database: WordPress requires a database to store its data. Set up a database using the database management system provided by the cloud hosting provider (e.g., MySQL or MariaDB).
- Connect WordPress to the database: Configure WordPress to connect to the database. Essentially, you'll need to provide WordPress with the database hostname, username, password, and database name.
- Set up a domain: If you want to access your WordPress site via a custom domain, configure DNS settings to point your domain to your cloud hosting VM's IP address. This may involve adding DNS records or configuring a DNS server.
- Access WordPress: Once the domain is set up or if you're using the IP address directly, you should be able to access your WordPress site by entering the domain or IP address into a web browser.
- Customize and manage your WordPress site: Log in to your WordPress admin dashboard to customize your site's appearance, install themes and plugins, and begin creating content.
Remember to monitor and manage your cloud hosting resources and scale them as needed to ensure optimal performance of your WordPress installation.