How to Host and Install Bitnami WordPress on Google Cloud (2019)
In just 5 minutes, you will learn all necessary hosting and installation details about Bitnami WordPress on google cloud platform.
So, Let’s get started.
Host Bitnami WordPress on Google Cloud
If you familiar with google cloud then you already know that GCP has multiple version of WordPress, among them Bitnami WordPress is the best options for beginners. It comes with pre-configure security settings which is recommended for your WordPress website.
Because google cloud is a cloud platform you have to configure every thing by yourself. You can find many tutorials which will taught you how to install or launch bitnami WordPress on Google Could but never give you an answer on how to use bitnami WordPress as a primary hosting platform.
To host Bitnami WordPress on you have to follow the steps,
- Install (Launch) Bitnami WordPress on Google Cloud Platform.
- Configure a domain name.
- Set up SSL Certificate.
- Setup Ftp or Sftp for file transfer.
- Connect to phpMyAdmin.
- Migrate Your existing WordPress (optional)
For simplicity, I break down those steps into multiple posts.
Follow the below tutorials to Launch Bitnami WordPress on Google Cloud.
How To Install Bitnami WordPress On Google Cloud
Installing Bitnami WordPress on GCP is one of the easiest part of this tutorial. Just few clicks here and there and you install Bitnami on Google Cloud.
To install Bitnami WordPress on google cloud follow the steps,
- Login to Google Cloud Platform
- Launch Bitnami WordPress
- Configure Your Virtual Machine
- Login to Bitnami WordPress.
- Disable Bitnami banner
That all you need to install Bitnami on google cloud.
So let’s get started.
1. Login To Google Cloud Platform
If you don’t have a Google cloud account click here and create a new account.
After that, Login to your Google Cloud Console.
2. Launch Bitnami WordPress
On the upper left-hand corner of your screen, Click the Hamburger menu.
After that, Click and Open The Marketplace.
Next, Type ‘Bitnami WordPress’ on the search bar and press Enter.
As you can see on the image that Google Cloud has multiple versions of bitnami WordPress.
Click on the link (button) which has those words- ” WordPress Crafted by Bitnami”.
Next, Click on the ‘Launch on Computer Engine’ button to deploy the bitnami WordPress on Google Cloud.
3. Configure your Virtual Machine
Now carefully select a zone.
Google has their cloud servers in all over the world. They divided the geographical location as ‘Regions’. Each region is subdivided into several zones. For example, the us-central1 region in the central United States has zones us-central1-a, us-central1-b, us-central1-c, and us-central1-f. For more information, click here.
Now choose your computer engine as per your budget or need.
Now chose you Boot Disk Type. Stander Persistent Disk is Mechanical type hard disk thus it is much slower than SSD Persistent Disk. Go for SSD Persistent Disk.
Make sure to check the boxes to allow HTTP and HTTPS traffic.
Click Deploy To install your server. It will take some time (5-10 m).
4. Login To Bitnami WordPress
Click on the ‘Log into admin panel’ and use the Admin user and Admin password to login into your WordPress admin panel.
5. Disable Bitnami banner
This step is optional, If you annoyed by the bitnami banner, on the bottom right corner of your screen just follow the below step to remove it.
At first, Open the SSH terminal by clicking the SSH button.
Then execute the following commands to remove the bitnami banner.
sudo /opt/bitnami/apps/wordpress/bnconfig --disable_banner 1
Restart the Web Server.
sudo /opt/bitnami/ctlscript.sh restart apache
What is Bitnami?
Bitnami is a 3rd party Application provider. Their Application Catalog contains a growing list of 140+ trusted, prepackaged applications and development run times ready-to-run anywhere. Choose from single VMs, multi-tier applications, container images, or Kubernetes Helm charts.
Forbes stated, It is a kind of like the Boy Scout who helps the little old lady cross the street.
Bitnami WordPress is a great way to start your WordPress website. Since it has pre-configured settings, your work is cut short and you can avoid the headaches that come with configuring. Their pre-configured settings are base on industry’s best security practices.
What is Bitnami WordPress Stack?
Bitnami is providing you all necessary library of installers or software packages to run a WordPress website on a Google cloud VM instances, which they called as Bitnami WordPress Stack.
Bitnami WordPress stack contains Ghostscript, Apache, ImageMagick, lego, MySQL, OpenSSL, PHP, phpMyAdmin, SQLite, Varnish, WordPress, WP-CLI etc software packages.
Bitnami WordPress Stacks:
There are about four different WordPress Stacks are available in google cloud.
WordPress Multisite Certified by Bitnami: This version can host and manage multiple websites from the same WordPress instance. These websites can all have unique domain names and can be customized by their owners, while sharing assets such as themes and plugins that are made available by the server admin.
WordPress with NGINX and SSL Certified by Bitnami: This version run on NGINX web server application. Other three are run on Apache web server.
Bitnami WordPress Multi-Tier: Multi-Tier versions is for large website which have separate database servers.
You need minimum 3 VM instances to run this version.