My first VPS-Yay!

Submitted by tameeshb on Sat, 03/04/2017 - 02:37

Last year, when I came to know from my senior in college that the project we were working together on was being hosted on a VPS, I immediately looked up what VPSes were and desperately wanted to get my hands on one of them, to dig deeper into VPSes.

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The regular free hosting that I've been using so far, impose a lot of limitations on the site admin, and more than half of the features require a "premium user", regular web-hosting services now seem really ridiculous to me as, all you can do is whatever options are available to you in the cPanel, which are very limited.

I recently found out about aws free tier after Slurpee(Matthew Lechleider), linked me to this page. I was quite hesitant to sign up at first as it required a credit card verification but wasn't very sure about it. But anyway, I signed up later for this service.

At first I was overwhelmed by the plethora of services that pops up in the list of "All services". As this wasn't regular cPanel hosting I was confused where to start from, I started off by opening in new tabs, whatever I thought would be relevant to a PHP web app (EC2, CodeDeploy, RDS- Database, Elastic Beanstalk) and the next thing I know is that I have over 8 instances running on my AWS server. I later realised that I didn't need all the other services, I could just use EC2 to host an Instance i.e. a Virtual Machine and configure all applications on my own on it. 

I choose "Ubuntu 16.04.02" to start off with as I was comfortable using ubuntu for a long time.

 

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Later, I had to Terminate the other instances as it was consuming the limited resources assigned to my free account.

More detailed blog post here: http://t3blog.ml/endless-posibilities-of-a-VPS

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