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Building a Scalable WordPress Infrastructure on AWS with Terraform


In the digital age, having a robust and scalable infrastructure is essential for any online presence. With the power of cloud computing, platforms like Amazon Web Services (AWS) provide the tools and services necessary to create scalable and reliable environments. In this blog post, we will learn how to set up a WordPress website on AWS using Terraform, a popular infrastructure-as-code tool. 


Setting up a WordPress website on AWS using Terraform offers numerous benefits, including automation, repeatability, and scalability. Terraforms declarative syntax allows developers to define infrastructure configurations as code, enabling easy replication and modification across environments. By leveraging AWS services such as Amazon EC2, Amazon RDS, Amazon S3, and Load Balancer, developers can ensure high availability, security, and performance for their WordPress sites.

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Before diving into the implementation, ensure you have the following prerequisites: 

  • An AWS account with appropriate permissions to create resources. 
  • Terraform is installed on your local machine. 

Steps to Setup the Infrastructure

We will use Terraform to define our infrastructure as code, making it easy to manage and reproduce. Below are the steps to be followed. 

Step 1: Set up Terraform Configuration: Create a directory for your project and initialize a new Terraform configuration file (e.g., Inside, define your provider and required resources. 

Step 2:  

Define the Amazon VPC: To isolate our resources, define Amazon VPC with appropriate subnets, route tables, and security groups. 

Step 3:  

Set up Amazon RDS: Configure an Amazon RDS instance to host the WordPress database. 

Step 4:  

Configure Amazon EC2 Instance: Set up an Amazon EC2 instance running Ubuntu to host WordPress. 

Step 5:  

Create Application Load Balancer: Set up an ALB to distribute traffic to our Amazon EC2 instance. 

Step 6:  

Define Target Group and Listener: Define a target group and configure a listener to forward traffic to our Amazon EC2 instance. 



In this blog post, we’ve seen how to set up a scalable WordPress infrastructure on AWS using Terraform.

By leveraging infrastructure as code, we’ve achieved reproducibility, scalability, and flexibility in managing our resources.

Using AWS services such as Amazon VPC, Amazon RDS, Amazon EC2, ALB, and target groups, we’ve created a resilient environment capable of handling WordPress workloads effectively. This approach enables efficient resource management, cost optimization, and streamlined deployment processes, which are essential for modern web applications. 

Drop a query if you have any questions regarding WordPress and we will get back to you quickly.

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1. Why use Terraform for infrastructure provisioning?

ANS: – Terraform enables infrastructure as code, allowing users to define, provision, and manage cloud resources declaratively. It offers version control, automation, and reproducibility benefits, making it easier to manage complex infrastructure setups. 

2. What are the advantages of hosting WordPress on AWS?

ANS: – Hosting WordPress on AWS offers scalability, reliability, and performance benefits. AWS provides a wide range of services, such as Amazon RDS for managed databases, Amazon EC2 for scalable compute resources, and ALB for load balancing, ensuring a robust infrastructure for WordPress websites. 

3. How does the Application Load Balancer (ALB) improve WordPress performance?

ANS: – ALB distributes incoming traffic across multiple Amazon EC2 instances, enhancing the availability and scalability of WordPress websites. It can automatically scale in response to traffic fluctuations, ensuring optimal performance and minimal downtime.   

WRITTEN BY Shaikh Mohammed Fariyaj Najam

Mohammed Fariyaj Shaikh works as a Research Associate at CloudThat. He has strong analytical thinking and problem-solving skills, knowledge of AWS Cloud Services, migration, infrastructure setup, and security, as well as the ability to adopt new technology and learn quickly.



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