Interested in learning how to install WordPress on Google Cloud?
With a cloud hosting provider, you get unmatched scalability. Cloud servers can adapt to high-traffic surges, and in most cases, you pay by the hour – so you know exactly where your money’s going.
In this article, we’ll discuss when it might make sense to use Google Cloud for WordPress hosting. We’ll talk about pricing, then teach you how to install WordPress on Google Cloud with a step-by-step guide.
Let’s get to it!
Why you should install WordPress on Google Cloud
Google Cloud is a collection of services that enable you to host your website or application on the search giant’s datacenters. With Google Cloud, you can get access to this hardware in the form of virtual machines (VMs).
Unlike a regular VM or a virtual private server (VPS), cloud hosting services use a collection of machines to store your data. We call it the ‘cloud’ because it’s immensely scalable. You can always add more resources to your cloud, which makes it ideal for projects with high-performance needs.
With Google Cloud, you get all the regular advantages of cloud hosting and more. As you might imagine, Google Cloud uses top-of-the-line infrastructure, making it a powerful – and expensive – option.
The costs of using Google Cloud
Unless you’re completely new to running a site, you’ll have an idea of how much hosting costs. You can now find some excellent hosting plans starting at less than $5 per month if you commit to a long-enough contract.
At this price point, you’re getting shared servers, which shouldn’t come as a surprise. However, you can also find unmanaged VPSs starting at below $10, although they usually require a bit of server management know-how to run.
Google Cloud uses a similar pricing strategy to some VPS hosting providers. It charges you per hour for the resources you use. For example, running a standard 1 CPU machine with 4 GBs of RAM costs $0.0475 per hour or $24.2725 per month.
At this price point, you’re already in the same range as many managed WordPress web hosts. However, there’s a big difference. Managed hosts often provide a very hands-off experience, where they take care of all advanced configuration for you. Google Cloud, on the other hand, gives you full control over your cloud.
Moreover, you can get some hefty discounts using Google Cloud if you know how to configure your machine. Plus, you can get free credits just by signing up – we’ll cover this in the next section.
How to install WordPress on Google Cloud (in 3 steps)
Learning how to install WordPress on Google Cloud is a bit more involved than with other web hosts. However, it’s not as intimidating as it might seem. Let’s jump right in!
Step 1: Deploy a WordPress instance
Before anything else, you’ll need to sign up for Google Cloud. Setting up your account should only take a few minutes. Once you have access to your console, we recommend
This article was written by John Hughes and originally published on ThemeIsle Blog.