New WordPress based Website

We switched over to Word Press for the website as of the end December 2021. We’ll provide the basic outline with how we got WordPress online. We decided to use Amazon Web Services because I’m certified in AWS,it’s relatively inexpensive ($2.50/per month), and it’s easy to setup even if your not certified in it.

https://lightsail.aws.amazon.com/ls/docs/en_us/articles/getting-started-with-wordpress-and-lightsail These are the basic instructions to get WordPress operational at Amazon. Don’t worry if you mess up, you can easily delete it and start over from scratch. I set it up using an IPAD, but you can really do it with any type of computer.

You most likely will want to use a Domain instead of an Ip Address. Simply create an DNS A-Record at your DNS provider and point it to the public IP Address Amazon supplied you. If you decide you want to use HTTPS (SSL/TLS) instead of standard HTTP its easy and inexpensive to add a Certificate to WordPress. https://lightsail.aws.amazon.com/ls/docs/en_us/articles/getting-started-with-wordpress-and-lightsail. These steps will get you a free certificate from “Let’s Encrypt” for 90 days, that you can setup to automatically renew before it expires for free. The daily root Crontab that you want to add would look something like this:

0 0 * * * /usr/bin/certbot renew > /var/log/certbot 2>&1

The first thing I noticed with WordPress was I did not like the Titles displayed all over the place, I used the short snippet of CSS to fix it contained in https://kinsta.com/knowledgebase/hide-page-title-wordpress/

We choose a Theme, and the only real widget I knew I would at least initially want is a YouTube Widget. We went with “YouTube Channel”. Which pulls in the videos from YouTube and provides the Summary on Word Press.

YouTube on WordPress

Hopefully these short tips helps you out with getting started with Word Press.

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