If you need an online presence, Amazon Lightsail is your ticket to simplicity. Designed with a bare minimum feature set, this new offering is a subset of existing AWS features.
Only, they are presented in a way that makes it great for users that don’t want all the shine of the full-blown Amazon Web Services platform. We reviewed the features of this VPS service from Amazon, and now let’s review what benefits it provides for users that use the service.
The most immediate benefit of using Lightsail is that you are always in control. You are in control of how things are set up, how your website or applications are running, how much you are going to pay at the end of the month. The billing cycle is as simple as the Lightsail service itself.
Here are the advantages of using Lightsail to set up your apps, websites, or workloads:
If you have already bought into the AWS ecosystem, then Lightsail will appeal the most to you. The simplicity of the service, both for web hosting and application development, tied into the Amazon Web Services platform is hard to resist. Users new to all this may need a bit more reassurance, but developers and companies already using AWS will find Lightsail a lot more alluring.
Majorly simplified user interface is the first thing you notice when you sign up for Lightsail. It has been built from the ground up, with the focus on getting a server running with preinstalled software as soon as possible. There are less choices, less prompts, less confusion, and more guidance.
Users can deploy a VPS within seconds, choosing any of the predefined plans that Amazon offers. Better yet, using Lightsail is easy, even if you don’t have any experience with the cloud. These plans have everything you need to get your project up and running, including SSD based storage, plentiful bandwidth, automatic DNS management, and a static IP.
Although Lightsail is a simplified service, it can grow and scale with your applications over time. You have plenty of options when your apps need advanced features like managed databases, contend delivery network, or connections with other AWS features and service.
One of the hallmarks of the Lightsail service is its affordability. Plans start at $5 a month for the cheapest tier, with the first month free of charge. And beyond that are simple prices for the beefier plans, which offer enough power to run even demanding applications, and high traffic websites. The most affordable plan is great for people starting out, while the powerful plan is ideal for small businesses.