Getting Started with Google Cloud Engine

by Fred Osei
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Google Cloud is one of the most sophisticated, reliable, and fastest cloud infrastructure, the infrastructure provides the same level of security offered on Google’s websites including Google.com, Gmail, and YouTube. Just to give you an idea, big companies like HSBC, Twitter, PayPal, and Bloomberg do use Google Cloud for their hosting requirements.

Below are a few reasons why hosting your website on Google Cloud is the best and a good choice for your Application or WordPress website.

Uptime

A study by CloudWedge on the performance of cloud infrastructure providers shows that Google Cloud Engine had a downtime of just 3.46 hours in 2014. This means that Google Cloud Engine was available for more than 99.9% of the time.

This might not sound like a significant factor, but businesses such as big e-commerce stores, trading sites, and news sites rely heavily on optimal server uptimes and even the slight interruption in the service can cause serious monetary damage.

Speed

We all know that Google runs the Internet. You have to be on top of your game if you want to rank at the top in Google SERPs, and speed is one of the most important ranking signals that Google uses for building and ranking websites in the SERP.

Cloud hosting experts rate Google Cloud Engine amongst the top-tier cloud infrastructures. The following network performance stats on Google Cloud Engine were reported by ServerDensity:

Reliability

As aforementioned Google Cloud Engine uses the same infrastructure as Gmail and YouTube. When was the last time you experienced downtime watching videos on YouTube or sending emails in Gmail? Of course, you don’t remember.

What this means is that by hosting your website on Google’s cloud infrastructure, you are hosting on the most well-maintained hardware and data centre available.

The team behind Google Cloud works vigorously to improve its services and to ensure even better performance compared to its competitors. They do this by automating configuration changes, use an extra layer of verification to discover any potential problems, and closely monitor the impact on the infrastructure due to modifications.

Scalability

Google Cloud Engine servers are highly scalable and can handle unexpected traffic spikes with ease. Using the scaling feature of the Google Cloud Engine, you can upgrade and downgrade the size of your server without changing the IP address.

How much does it cost?

The cost of hosting WordPress websites on Google Cloud Engine depends on many factors. This can from an estimated $5.13 per month (effective hourly rate $0.007 (730 hours per month))for individual sites as at the time this post was written, the Good news is you can start completely free without having to pay any money as Google gives you free $300 in credit for 12 months to start with.

Let’s get on with it now that you know what Google Cloud has to offer.

Follow the tutorials below and you should be able to have your WordPress fully configured and running in just a matter of time. I will be offering free support if you run into any challenge, please remember to subscribe to our YouTube Channel for Video Tutorials, please do you best to like our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages for updates and support.

To make this tutorial simple and friendly I have separated them in different steps, and each step you complete takes you closer to completion.

 

Lets’s Get Started

Step 1. Host Your Website for Free on Google Cloud

This is the first tutorial, and in this tutorial, you will be taking the first step towards hosting your website on Google Cloud Engine which I will abbreviate with GCE in short. Click on the image or link below for step by step guide or video on how to Sign up for a free account with Google Cloud and get your $300 trial credit for a whole 12 months to start with. Please note; at the end of each tutorial, if you have any questions or suggestion you may drop them in the comment section and I will respond as soon as I can, support is also available via our social media channels (@KwikHacks on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram & Twitter).

Access Tutorial here 👉 : Host Your Website for Free on Google Cloud

Step 2. Installing WordPress on Google Cloud Engine

The next face of this tutorial guides you on what you need know before installing WordPress on Google Cloud the different types covered by my tutorials; thus the Click to Deploy version and the Bitnami version, use the links below to access tutorials for the one that interest you, if you have any questions or suggestion you may drop them in the comment section at the end of each tutorial and in the YouTube comment sections, and I will respond as soon as I can, support is also available via our social media channels (@KwikHacks on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram & Twitter).

Access Click to Deploy Tutorial here 👉 : Install WordPress Click to Deploy on Google Compute Engine

Access Bitnami Tutorial here 👉 : Install Bitnami WordPress on Google Cloud Compute Engine

Step 4. Remove Bitnmai Corner Banner (Bitnami Version Only)

After installing the Bitnami version of WordPress on Google Cloud, you’ll realize there’s an active Bitnami banner in the lower right corner of your screen. This tutorial guides you on how to completely disable it. Use the link below to access the tutorial and remember, if you should face any challenge or if you have any questions or suggestion, you may drop them in the comment section and I will respond as soon as I can, free support is also available via our social media channels (@KwikHacks on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram & Twitter).

Access Tutorial here 👉 : How to Remove the Bitnami Corner Banner from WordPress on Google Cloud

Step 5. Configure Domain Name for Your Website on GCE

You may install a website on Google Cloud with success but what you don’t want is for your website visitors to keep and IP address in their heads for accessing your website, this is why you’ll need to configure a domain name to work with your website on Google Cloud, you may purchase a domain name from Namecheap for just $8.88.

We recommend Namecheap because we use that for the domain configuration part of this tutorial and also because they offer competitive pricing, services and features including free WHOIS protection (sold separately by most registrars) for your domain name as long as it remains with them.

Although NameCheap is used as the domain registrar in this tutorial, you can use whichever domain name registrar you prefer. Choose your version below to continue.

Access Click to Deploy Tutorial here 👉 : Setup Domain For WordPress Click to Deploy on GCP using Cloudflare

Access Bitnami Tutorial here 👉 : Setup Domain For Bitnami WordPress on Google Cloud using Cloudflare

Step 6. Setting up Free SSL on Google Cloud (Recommended)

It is strongly recommended you setup SSL for your website before making it available to the public. This extensive guide provides step by step instructions on how to install an SSL Certificate on Google Cloud Platform. Please note that tutorials for installing SSL certificate for the different versions of WordPress are not the same, please use the links below to access the tutorial for your version.

Access Tutorial for the Click to Deploy Version here 👉 : Install & Setup Free Let’s Encrypt SSL Auto-renew – (WordPress Click to Deploy)

Access Tutorial the Bitnami Version here 👉 : Setup Free SSL with Auto-Renew for Bitnami WordPress on Google Cloud

Step 7. Import Existing WordPress Website to Google Cloud (Optional)

I would like to congratulate you for successfully passing through to this stage before we move on to step 8 below let’s look at this optional step “step 7“, you may be telling yourself “I want to take advantage of Google’s $300 but how do I move my old website without starting from scratch”. In this tutorial, I will be showing you how to quickly import your old WordPress website to Google Cloud using the All-in-One WP Migration WordPress plugin b

Access Tutorial here 👉 : Import Existing WordPress Website to Google Cloud

 

Step 8. Adding Expires Headers to Google Cloud (Optional)

There are many sources out there guiding you on how to add expires header for WordPress which is essential for the Click to Deploy Version of WordPress, but when it comes to adding the expires header for the Bitnami version of WordPress, things get quite complicated. This tutorial walks you through the various steps need to add expires headers in less than 5 minutes. Use the link below to access this tutorial, for the click to deploy version use the second link below.

Access the Bitnami Tutorial here 👉 : Add Expires Headers for Bitnami WordPress on Google Cloud
Access Tutorial for All Other Versions here 👉 : Add Expires Headers for the WordPress

 

That’s it.

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