The cloud (in computing) refers to the delivery of computing resources over the Internet. Webmasters can host their websites in the cloud environment and have access to multiple servers. This increases the loading speeds of websites which is good for site owners.
In this article, we shall cover a step by step guide on how to deploy WordPress single instance using Cloud Launcher.
- A Google Cloud account
Google cloud uses the Compute Engine that allows deployment of applications in a virtual machine in different data centers distributed across the world. This dramatically increases the uptime, download speeds and connection. Other perks of using cloud services include;
- The cost makes financial sense as the data is stored centrally and can be accessed from anywhere in the world on demand.
- Allows you to scale upwards when you have heavy traffic and downscale to your common resources later.
- You have guaranteed uptime. Cloud hosting copies your site to multiple serves such that when one is down, another takes over.
There are many providers in the market. We shall look at Google Cloud as it has very competitive pricing.
How Google Cloud compares to other providers
- Digital ocean
Provides affordable pricing and has a large community. However, it does not store data centrally, and this puts poses a risk of data loss of the hypervisor fails.
- Microsoft Azure
Provides features such as setting a spending limit for yourself and a discount for committing to a 12-month contract. Google Cloud has a better exclusive discount.
- Amazon Web Services (AWS)
It speeds up your services by boosting performance. However, it is known to have many outages and has various complicated pricing packages which end up being even more costly.
How to deploy WordPress single instance using Cloud launcher
With a click of a button, Google provides the fastest ways of deploying a WordPress site using Google Click to Deploy.To do this;
Access Google Cloud Platform
Sign up if no account exists on Google cloud Signup page.
Create a new project on the drop-down menu. Name the project and click on create.
This will generate a pop-up which requires the project`s details. This is; the Name, Billing account and Location. Then click create.
Enable Cloud Deployment Manager API
Go to API Manager in Library and under Google Cloud APIs, click on the Cloud Deployment Manager API. Then click enable.
Search for ‘WordPress’ in the textbox. Select the WordPress (Google click to deploy) and click on it.
On the next screen, click on Launch on Compute Engine
You will be required to complete the WordPress deployment form. Check the following boxes:
- Enter the Name of the WordPress site
- Select the Zone
- Select Machine Type
- Check “Install phpMyAdmin."
- Select Boot Disk
- Leave Networking details as default
- Under firewall, allow HTTP traffic and HTTPS traffic
- Accept Google Terms
Click on Deploy to begin the installation.
This might take a few minutes. Once the installation is complete, you will be directed to the Deployment information, and you can now visit your site. Keep a record of the MySQL administrator passwords, phpMyAdmin username and WordPress administrator username and password.
Click View WordPress site. Locate the WordPress credentials and Log in to access your WordPress Site.
You have successfully installed WordPress using Google Click To Deploy.
Cloud hosting is a fantastic alternative to traditional VPS or dedicated server hosting. It’s more scalable and offers flexible pricing since you pay for what you use and can efficiently upscale or downscale.