Chris Mendez in Wordpress, AWS, Lightsail

AWS: Connect to Lightsail using SFTP and Panic Transmit

Amazon offers a newer, simpler alternative to EC2 instances called Lightsail. Lightsail is very easy to use and excellent for any small business interested in creating a simple app.

I was recently asked to create a Wordpress website using Lightsail and it took less than 10 minutes. In fact, the hardest part was figuring out how to SFTP into server so that I can get the /login password. Here's how I did it.

Step 1 - Create a Lightsail Instance

Visit AWS Lightsail and create a new app instance.

Step 2 - Open Transmit

There are many good file transfer apps for Mac but Panic Transmit is my favorite. Simply create a new instance, enter the IP address given to you by AWS, set the protocol to SFTP, enter "bitnami" into the User Name and select the key symbol.
Create new instance

Step 3 - Pick your PEM

When you click on the key symbol near "Password", you will open a prompt that asks for your PEM file.

Step 4 - Complete!

When you first log in, you will be sent to the default Bitnami file structure. You can find your Bitnami password. Simply open bitnami_application_password using a text editor.
Bitnami Wordpress Default

Step 5 - Log In

Log in using user as your Username.

Finding /plugins folder

If you're using Wordpress on Lightsail, some folders, like plugins, are placed in different locations.


Bitnami Wordpress Plugins