WordPress.org site using Lightsail AWS

Heggy Castaneda
Jan 6, 2018 · 4 min read

Goal: Using Linux/Unix-based instances running WordPress in seconds

  • Select Linux > WordPress (Prebuilt app)
  • Leave other settings alone (such as availability zone Virginia, Zone A, sbn SSH key pair), Go with $5/month option.
  • Name your instance: rename my virtual private server (vps): “YourName-website”. I re-named my vps: Heggy-website
  • Final step to firing up the server: Click CREATE.

In summary, we have finished firing up a private server without worrying about managing infrastructure.

- Next Goal: How to use the Worpress instance in lightsail.

  • To work with WordPress instance, click on its name. Then you will be taken to the first Connect Tab.
  • Public IP is the one you can access using webbrowser such as Chrome or firefox

Ex) Note: this example page doesn’t exist but just for your info. Use your own ip address in place of

  • scroll down to click on the bitnami documentation

ex) Note: this example page doesn’t exist but just for your info. Use your own ip address in place of

- Access data for WordPress

  • Username: user
  • Password: Log in to the AWS Console > Lightsail service > Click on your Website instance. On the connect tab> click “Connect using SSH” Button.
  • Once click on the orange Connect using SSH button > You are taken to bitnami console window.
  • inside of the bitnami server console type:

cat bitnami_application_password

  • Go to to enter your Login: user and Password: password you just got from bitnami console. (example photo above)

- To create new user to your WordPress site

  • click on Users from Dashboard page from
  • click Add New button
  • If you want to give full power to the new user Role: Select Admin
  • Click Add New User. Now you can login under new username and Password.

Use cases: Quickly want to fire up a virtual private server to host wordpress.org website within 5 minutes. Great for someone with no server networking knowledge to host their website publicly.


Resource 1: Linus Chan from StreetCode

Resource 2: https://lightsail.aws.amazon.com/ls/docs/getting-started/article/getting-started-with-amazon-lightsail

Resource 3: https://docs.bitnami.com/aws/faq/starting-bitnami-aws/find_credentials/

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