I was sent a link to a really interesting guide a few days ago. It's a great tutorial on setting up a WordPress site on Amazon Web Services (AWS). Now, I must warn you, it's definitely not something a novice user would probably want to try, but for those technically minded or with a little bit of experience in installing WordPress on different hosting environments, I'd highly recommend you have a read.
For the uninitiated, AWS is cloud-computing at it's finest. It allows you to utilise a highly distributed, full-featured platform without all the upfront costs normally associated with it. Instead you simply pay for the resources you consume, along with the ablity to vary those resources as your needs increase or decrease.
Whether you are running applications that share photos or support the critical operations of your business, you need rapid access to flexible and low cost IT resources. The term “cloud computing” refers to the on-demand delivery of IT resources via the Internet with pay-as-you-go pricing.
Jeff Reifman is an extremely talented technologist, writer and social activist. The word “entrepreneur” tends to get overused a lot lately, but one look over Jeff's resume and you can't help but be impressed with the list of companies that he's foundered, along with all his amazing work with startups and non-profit organisations.
Jeff has put together a highly detailed guide on setting up Amazon’s cloud-based Web Services (AWS) for use with WordPress. It details everything from estimating your costs, through to setting up an EC2 Server Instance and finally, installing and configuring your WordPress site. Once your site is up and running, Jeff also outlines a number of things you can do to optimise and monitor your setup, such as setting up billing alarms to monitor activity on your server instance.
If you love getting your hands a bit dirty with configuring and setting up hosts, then I really recommend you check out Jeff's guide on setting up WordPress on Amazon Web Services. Head on over to his blog, it's well worth a read — http://jeffreifman.com/detailed-wordpress-guide-for-aws.