Installing and Configuring Wordpress in Lightsail

1 hour
  • 4 Learning Objectives

About this Hands-on Lab

In this learning activity, we will use Amazon Lightsail to create a simple WordPress blog.

The goal of this activity is to gain experience with:
* Creating a Lightsail instance with pre-installed applications
* Connecting to instances using the web console or local SSH client
* Creating and attaching static IP addresses to instances
* Diagnosing and updating network restrictions that apply to instances

These objectives will help us build a foundation for more advanced Lightsail use.

Learning Objectives

Successfully complete this lab by achieving the following learning objectives:

Create a Lightsail instance using the WordPress blueprint.
  1. Create a Lightsail instance using the WordPress blueprint.
  2. Select the 2 GB memory instance size.
    • Connect to the instance using SSH and obtain the WordPress admin password.
    • Using the admin password, connect to http://instanceip/wpadmin and create a blog post.
    • Navigate to http://instanceip and ensure you can see the post.
Allocate a static IP for the instance.
  1. Create and attach a static IP address to the instance.
  2. Confirm visually and functionally that the IP address is static.
  3. Navigate to http://instancestaticip to ensure the IP address is functional.
Prune the network firewall to allow only essential ports.
  1. Disallow SSH connectivity to the WordPress instance.
  2. Disallow HTTPS connectivity to the WordPress instance.
Tidy up networking and delete the instance.
  1. Detach and remove the WordPress instance’s static public IP.
  2. Delete the WordPress instance.

Additional Resources


Make sure you are in the us-east-1 region. Use the provided credentials to log in to the AWS management console.

Follow the steps below. You can either attempt to follow the steps on your own without the videos and then watch the videos to check your solution, or follow along with the videos to complete the tasks — the choice is yours.

Click the question marks below to view more details for each task.

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