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AWS Lightsail review


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AWS Lightsail review What is AWS Lightsail? AWS Lightsail is Amazon Web Service's answer to web hosting services such as HostGator, DreamHost and BlueHost. AWS Lightsail offers users a secure virtual private server packed with user-friendly features that allow subscribers to manage content quickly and easily. Virtual private servers are designed to provide developers, websites and other businesses with dedicated server hosting, without the additional costs of running a data center. What's included? AWS Lightsail console that allows you to easily manage your VPS SSD based block storage RDS access (for Windows users only) SSH terminal access (for Linux/Unix users only) DNS management Server monitoring Lightsail API which can be integrated with external ap..

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AWS Lightsail review

What is AWS Lightsail?

AWS Lightsail is Amazon Web Service's answer to web hosting services such as HostGator, DreamHost and BlueHost. AWS Lightsail offers users a secure virtual private server packed with user-friendly features that allow subscribers to manage content quickly and easily. Virtual private servers are designed to provide developers, websites and other businesses with dedicated server hosting, without the additional costs of running a data center.

What's included?

  • AWS Lightsail console that allows you to easily manage your VPS
  • SSD based block storage
  • RDS access (for Windows users only)
  • SSH terminal access (for Linux/Unix users only)
  • DNS management
  • Server monitoring
  • Lightsail API which can be integrated with external applications
  • Fast, secure network configuration
  • Load balancing
  • Access to other AWS services
  • Snapshot functionality for an additional fee

What is the cost?

AWS offers different price levels, which vary based on your operating system. Linux/Unix users will see lower subscription costs, while Windows users are paying slightly higher costs and receiving more functionality.

Subscriptions for Linux/Unix users range from $5 USD monthly up to $80 USD monthly, and Windows users will pay anywhere from $10 USD monthly up to $100 USD monthly.

For a full breakdown of subscription pricing and features, readers can check out AWS Lightsail's pricing page.

How does AWS Lightsail stand up against the competition?

As far as virtual private servers go, AWS Lightsail stands out among the competition in simplicity. Amazon claims users can set up their virtual private servers with AWS Lightsail in "a few simple clicks". The user-friendly interface really does make it quite simple. What AWS Lightsail lacks in bells and whistles, it certainly makes up for in ease of use. Experienced VPS system administrators will find the setup process easier than many of the other web hosting platforms out there.

AWS Lightsail will allow users to perform a variety of cloud project tasks, including:

  • Application hosting
  • Manage e-commerce using Magneto 2
  • Set up an email server using most popular, commercial mail server software
  • Test and stage servers
  • Launch a Windows server
  • Host and manage Wordpress websites

For the price, AWS Lightsail really does compare favorably to other web hosting services. At only a fraction of the cost of most other services, AWS Lightsail is able to provide users with all of the necessary functionality of a secure virtual private server.

For small businesses and individuals hosting their own websites or data, AWS Lightsail is perhaps one of the better options when shopping for virtual private servers.

Service Limitations

AWS Lightsail has the following limits per account:

  • 20 instances
  • 20 TB of block storage
  • 5 load balances
  • 5 static IPs
  • 3 DNS zones
  • 20 certificates per calendar year

Although AWS does not offer increases for load balances or DNS zones, their website does suggest contacting their customer service department to request increases on other limitations.



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