Tutorial: Set up an IndieWebSite using WordPress on the Amazon cloud

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Introduction

In this tutorial, we will walk through every single step to set up a full-featured Indie Website in the Amazon Web Services cloud. We will be using WordPress, a widely used blogging tool and the Indie Web plugins, so it can participate on the Indie Web.

Some of this tutorial might look a little geeky, but we are documenting every step and you should be able to follow through without problems even if you are not a geek.

You will need: You will get:
  • A Macintosh, Linux or Windows computer with a web browser.
  • About an hour of time.
  • A small budget:
    • hosting by Amazon is likely free for one year, less than $10 per month thereafter
    • domain name varies, often $8.00 to $17.00 per year.
  • An Indie Website you control at the domain name of your choosing.
  • Secured by HTTPS.
  • Running on the Amazon cloud.
  • That syndicates all of your posts to Facebook and Twitter, and pulls comments people make there back on your site.

Overview

Here is what we will be doing:

  1. Tutorial: Find and purchase a great domain name for your site
  2. Tutorial: Sign up for an Amazon Web Services account
  3. Tutorial: Set up a new Amazon cloud server, and log in
  4. Tutorial: Set up DNS so your new domain name points to your website
  5. Tutorial: Install WordPress and the Indie Web plugins
  6. Tutorial: Configure WordPress and the Indie Web plugins to your liking
  7. Tutorial: Write your first WordPress post and syndicate it out

Click on the first item, and work your way down! Before you know it, you'll be on the Indie Web.

Additional Resources

For additional information on WordPress please see any of the following pages:

WordPress
Topics Getting Started on WordPressAdvanced WordPress Set UpPluginsThemesExamplesWordPress with BridgyDevelopmentDataSecurity
Primary Plugins Indieweb PluginWebmentionSemantic LinkbacksMicropubIndieAuthPost KindsSyndication LinksWebSub plugins
POSSE Plugins Social Network Auto PosterJetPack PublicizeBridgy Publish pluginWP CrosspostTumblr CrosspostrMediumDiasposter
PESOS Plugins Keyring Social ImportersDsgnWrks Twitter ImporterDsgnWrks Instagram Importer
Other Plugins Aperture Refback pluginIndieWeb Press ThisWordPress uf2OpenIDSimple LocationIndieweb ActionsPressForwardYarns Indie ReaderWhisperFollowblogroll2emailWebmention for (Threaded) Comments (deprecated)
Themes SemPress • (SemPress Child Themes: SemPress Lite, SenPress, and Index) • ZenPressIndependent Publishermf2_sTwenty Sixteen IndieWeb-friendly fork
Assistance Join the #indieweb chatIRC and other chat optionsWordPress FAQWordPress Outreach ClubTroubleshooting TipsWordPress toolsWordPress channel
See Also WordPress related wiki pagesWordPress.comAWS Tutorial