Amazon Lightsail An alternative option we tried for web hosting and loved it.
We already mentioned in a previous article about Cloud and Shared hosting all you need to know about VPS (Virtual Private Server) and how this could be a good choice with the benefit of the privacy, especially if you have good programming skills and computer knowledge.
Today we will share our experience of trying Amazon and its Web Services platform and we have to admit that they managed to amaze us!
We started as an experiment to move a website from shared hosting to Amazon lightsail which is basically a Cloud VPS and we have to admit that the benefits were unexpectedly good. A potential user still requires having computer and programming knowledge because of the lack of Control panel and it would also be necessary that you create your own SSL Certificate and external email service, but once you have done this, you will have access to the unbelievable benefits that Amazon Lightsail can provide you.
Let’s analyze all the pros comparing this Cloud VPS hosting against the Shared hosting we used before.
First of all, is the speed. A website when we were using a shared hosting needed approximately 8 seconds to load and on the contrary with Amazon Lightsail hosting, the same website took only 2 seconds to load, it was just amazing!
Since we all understand the necessity of speed, another factor that enhances a website’s speed a lot, is the option to choose the country that the website will be hosted too. This is an extra advantage for an easy and effective website function.
The backup service with a smart snapshot tool was another feature that surprised us positively. With this service and just some “clicks” you are able to snapshot everything on your website and in case of damage, it can be restored within 5 minutes.
Fixed pricing is one more benefit of Lightsail. The pricing starts from $3.50 per month and a free trial for the first month which makes it a cost-effective and affordable solution for someone who can build and manage his website by himself.
Also, you can upgrade your monthly plan anytime, according to your needs. The plans can reach at $160.00 for a Linux/Unix virtual server with extremely high potentials and features.
The standard provisions in all Amazon Lightsail plans include:
– Static IP address
– The highly available SSD storage
– Intuitive management console
– Server monitoring
– Powerful API
– DNS management
– SSH terminal access (Linux/Unix)
– RDP access (Windows)
Our professional conclusion after our research and also our “in practice” experience is that Amazon Lightsail is the best existing solution for the hosting of a website.
In order to achieve a good result and if you are not a computer expert, you must be prepared that you will have to devote a lot of time in order to learn before start using it by yourself, but even if you are not able to do it, you can always assign it to a professional company and let them do it for you.
Because of our passion for research, testing and sharing our knowledge, we also have another solution if you don’t have the time to learn about computer programming, but you still want to have the management of your own website. inmotion Hosting is a reliable hosting company for Cloud VPS with Control Panel which makes things easier for people without high computer skills. The provisions are quite good, but the cost is not their strong point. The pricing starts from $19.99 per month for the first year and then increases to $36.00/month.
If you want cheaper solution for Cloud VPS with Control Panel you can check another good hosting with better price and good service BlueHost Their web hosting is official WordPress #1 recommendation, which besides their competitive advantage of high security and spam protection, The pricing starts from $17.86/month for the first 36 months and then it’s €26.80/month.
At this point, you will have to note that these hosts are located in the United States and this might affect the speed of your website’s loading time if you or your website’s visitors are outside of the US.
Cloud VPS with the signature of Amazon
For those who want a fast loaded, attractive and functioning website hosted in Cloud VPS with the signature of Amazon, but don’t have the time or the knowledge to do it by themselves, here is our e-mode best offer for 25,00 Euros/month which includes:
– All costs of external email services
– Backup on a monthly basis for one year with Amazon’s snapshot tool
– Extra daily backup of your website’s content from a collaborating professional company – VaultPress
– The restoration of your website in case of damage free of charge
– The transfer of your website from shared hosting to Amazon Lightsail free of charge
Relax and let the experts do the rest!!!