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Hosting Websites on Google Cloud Free Forever Tier

UPDATED MAY 2020 | Web hosting with GCP's Compute Engine using a Linux Virtual Machine | Step by Step
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Platform: Udemy
Video: 1h 27m
Language: English
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Google Cloud Platform has a great free tier, there are lots of options which can make setup complicated. You have to generate SSH keys, login via the terminal, configure a Linux virtual machine (VM), create an SSH tunnel, and adjust your DNS Zone file. 
This course will walk you through all of those steps from signup on Google Cloud Platform, to configuring a virtual machine using a Bitnami LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) Stack, Uploading basic HTML, CSS & JavaScript files, Installing WordPress, configuring CloudFlare, setting up multiple sites and sub-domains with virtual hosts (vhosts).
Along the way you’ll be introduced to several other free tools. If you are currently hosting your website on another hosting provider (such as Dreamhost, BlueHost, HostGator, MediaTemple, GoDaddy or others) you may be paying over $200 a year to host your site. 

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You will learn

✓ Host their website on Google Cloud Platform
✓ Setup CloudFlare CDN using their free tier
✓ Setup a Virtual Machine using the Bitnami LAMP Stack
✓ Install WordPress on Google’s Compute Engine
✓ Configure VHOST files to host multiple sites on one Virtual Machine
✓ Create SSH Keys to create a secure connection to a server
✓ Connect to PHPMyAdmin via an SSH tunnel for access to a MySQL database


• How to create webpages with HTML & CSS
• Prior experience uploading files to a server via FTP is helpful, but not required.

This course is for

• Anyone wanting to get an introduction to Google Cloud Platform
• OR Those who want to save money on web hosting
• This course is NOT for those who already configure Linux VMs with Apache from the command line
Director of Interactive Production at Cornett
Peter leads a team of developers, designers, project managers, UX experience designers and data analysts at Cornett, a Webby Award winning Ad Agency. Clients include Valvoline, A&W Restaurants, Toyota, Lexmark & Tempur-Sealy.

He is also an experience instructor, teaching web design and development at the University of Kentucky for 3 years while working at Cornett full time.
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Platform: Udemy
Video: 1h 27m
Language: English
Next start: On Demand

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