Selecting Amazon AWS as the host for

Posted on: Fri, 07/14/2017 - 22:05 By: oswald.constable

There are several low cost VPS providers out there, however none in my opinion had the backing and infastructure capabilities as Amazon Lightsail. Briefly, Amazon had launched lightsail late 2016, and offered a set of baked in services for a monthly cost of $5. The specifications and quotas for the $5 pricing tier were nothing to balk at, and for the purpose of hosting a general set of websites and web services -- it was more than adequate.



The web server runs on their lowest end provisioned server, with RAM at 512mb, 20gb of SSD storage, proved to be a workhorse so far. As I roll out additional web services, APIs and RESTful features, I will provide additional updates on this blog to indicate whether or not the performance of the server continues to be adequate. However, the $5/mo service allows additional servers to be provisioned, that can allow me to horizontally scale capacity to meet usage demands.





I registered my domain via namecheap several years ago, and did not want to discontinue doing business with this registrar. However DNS management feature of Lightsail provided me with enough power and capability to address my host name mappings seamlessly without hassle. With lightsail, you get up to 5 static IPs, that can be associated with DNS hosts -- all for free.





In the next blog post, I will go over the implementation of this setup, and the tools/configurations involved to provide the following services:
HTTP Webhosting
HTTPS security
Email Management
DNS Management
SSH access
and more!



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