Server Upgrade from Bluehost to Amazon Cloud AWS

Don’t mind the temporary mess.. I’ve decided to move the server over to the Amazon Cloud hosting for better performance and savings gains from the exorbitant hosting fees I was paying at Bluehost.

Now, I wouldn’t want the wrong impression to be passed along, as far as shared hosting goes, I am the first in line to recommend Bluehost. They are quite reliable, the staff is always responsive, helpful,¬†knowledgeable — and will acknowledge mistakes made on their part when pointed out without hubris or disdain. Also, they are VERY lenient when you commit minor abuses like CPU/RAM over-usage or file count abuse. They have updated and overhauled not only their systems, but their control panel as well over the years. These things far and above make them better than other hosting services I’ve used – horrible ones like GoDaddy and others.

However, once you go to dedicated [cloud] hosting, you really can’t go back to shared hosting.

So sit back, come along for the ride, and please don’t mind the digital bumps as I get the site up and fully running again.


Belisarius Smith consults as a software engineer, cloud engineer, and security adviser. He has a BSBA in Security Management and is currently completing graduate studies in the Engineering Department at Penn State University with a Masters of Software Engineering. When he isn't traveling, mountain climbing, or reading, he spends his spare time on personal side projects and studies.

  1. Reply Paul G March 11, 2014 at 17:21

    So ten months into your new AWS relationship, any updates? What AWS services are you using to host your site? How do the AWS costs compare to what you were paying at BlueHost? I am currently considering the same move. Thanks!

    • Israel
      Reply Israel April 22, 2016 at 04:21

      While I have thought of using some of their secondary services such as their Database services, I actually like to keep control of all of that and instead run my own internal servers on my “cloud machines”.

      That being said, I do use a storage backup feature for the virtual hard drives that do hold data (like my personal PostgreSQL/MySQL databases).

      I recently tried going back to bluehost after a few years to see what’s changed and the truth is that if you are a [AWS] Cloud Engineer, you really don’t have any good excuses for not utilizing the cloud. Its worth its digital weight in gold.

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