Have a server running Bitnami-powered WordPress? Here’s a collection of useful commands you might need from initial setup through to ongoing maintenance.
An SSL certificate is a bit of a no-brainer in most cases; it makes a connection with a website more secure, it builds trust with users (they see a padlock instead of a ‘Not secure’ message) and it’s a ranking factor in Google’s algorithm (announced back in 2014). What’s not to like?
If you’ve already setup your AWS EC2 instance based on a Bitnami image (AMI), you might be wondering how to get FTP or SFTP access to your new server. Luckily for us, it’s pretty simple!
Bitnami take security seriously with their applications, there’s no doubt about that. In order to access phpMyAdmin on your AWS instance, it’s not simply a case of navigating to the IP of your instance and adding /phpmyadmin to the end of the URL or going to a control panel and clicking the phpMyAdmin logo.
Luckily, it’s not all that difficult to access it after all. All that we’ll need to do is create an SSH tunnel.
Moving from a popular hosting provider – whether generic (i.e. GoDaddy) or WordPress-specific (i.e. SiteGround) – over to AWS can be a bit daunting at first (I know it was for me!). With this handy guide, however, you can get a new WordPress site up and running on an EC2 server in less than 10 minutes, getting familiar with AWS along the way.
You can get a new server setup on AWS EC2 with WordPress installed via Bitnami quite quickly and relatively easily, but actually logging into WordPress itself can sometimes stop people in their tracks.
In this quick guide I’ll show you two ways to get your password for WordPress from your AWS EC2 server.
An SSH connection gives you control over the configuration of your server. From handling folder permissions to simply removing the Bitnami banner that comes enabled as standard, you’ll need SSH access to do a lot of things.
If you’ve installed WordPress on an AWS EC2 instance using a Bitnami AMI but you don’t know how to connect via SSH, let me help you with this quick guide.
If you make use of shortcodes and widgets on your WordPress site (which is probably most of us), you might find that they don’t particularly work well together straight out of the box. For example, including a shortcode in a Text widget does not execute the shortcode itself and just displays the shortcode as text (instead of the actual output of said shortcode).
If you either don’t want to make use of the comments feature provided by WordPress – perhaps you’re using a third-party plugin like Disqus – or if you’re being really strict on the additional scripts that are being loaded for performance reasons, then just add the following snippet to your functions.php file to disable the comments script.
If you’re looking to speed up your site by reducing the number of scripts that WordPress loads then this is an easy one for you.
Much like disabling the script and stylesheet for using emojis in WordPress, this little snippet will disable the script for using embeds. For those that don’t know, embeds are when rich content is pulled through from another website, such as a YouTube video or a tweet from Twitter. By pasting a link to the video or tweet into the content editor, for example, WordPress will automatically convert this into an embedded bit of content.