Everything you need to jumpstart your project on AWS — compute, storage, and networking — for a low, predictable price.
The lowest-cost Lightsail option is $USD3.50/month and cheaper than my current EC2 setup (t2.micro) which is $0.0116/hour or ~$8.352/month. Although the Lightsail option has half the memory (0.5GiB vs. 1.0GiB).
So given that Lightsail is designed to be simpler to setup and use, and is cheaper, I thought I’d use it as the base for the transition to a ghost blog. It’s not certain, but the ghost documentation looks like a 0.5GiB will be enough for the server (assuming this blog doesn’t become a run-away success).
The process is amazingly simple and quick.
- Open the Amazon Lightsail console (and sign-up for an account if required)
- Select ‘Create instance’
- Select the instance location (e.g. Sydney)
- Select the instance image (e.g. Ubuntu 16.04 LTS)
- Select the instance plan (e.g. $USD3.50/month)
- Select create
The instance is now being created and should be ready within a minute or so. Once created the web-based terminal to the server can be selected from the instance information.
If everything has gone as expected, a simple terminal window should now be visible which a simple hello world prompt can be typed into.
$ echo hello world hello world