Getting Started with AWS: a Guide

April 19, 2023

Hello again! Remember us? Last time we discussed the most popular AWS services. This time, we are going to make ourselves the true AWSers. So, prepare your brain, get into the knowledge-getting mood, and let’s go! 

In the first post of the series, we talked about the reasons for even thinking about AWS. We mentioned simplicity, affordability, adaptability, and various other advantages.

Because of all these virtues, this time we are going to help you get started with AWS. How to set up an account? How to pay? How much does it cost? 

1. Creating an AWS account 

In order to create an AWS account, you have to(obviously) visit the AWS website1 and click the big, orange “Create an AWS Account”. When following the steps, you will have to choose your region. As we said in previous posts, AWS has data centers located all around the world. This is why it is required of you to choose a region where you want to host your application and data.

After that, you will have to select the services you need. Remember! We also have a blog post (surprise, surprise! Have you already forgotten while reading the last 15 lines?) concerning it.

Then comes the setting up of your environment.

After all that, you can start using AWS from anywhere n the world! 

2. Payment

No, you do not have to pay for every service. No worries. AWS operates on a pay-per-use model, which means you only pay for the resources you use. Hello money-saving! AWS also offers a variety of payment options, including:

  • Credit card: You can pay for your AWS services using a credit card.
  • Bank transfer: You can also pay for your AWS services using a bank transfer.
  • AWS credits: AWS offers credits to new users to help them get started.

3. How much does AWS cost?

As we said before, the pay-per-use model means that the cost of AWS varies depending on the number of services you use and how much you use them.On the site, you can find a pricing calculator which allows you to estimate your costs based on your usage. What can impact your costs? Some of the factors mentioned below: 

  • Instance types: The type of virtual machine you choose
  • Storage: The amount of storage you use 
  • Data transfer: The amount of data you transfer in and out of AWS 
  • Services: The specific services 

What is fabulous about AWS is that there is a free tier that allows you to use many of its services for absolutely free for a limited time.This way, you can try out AWS and “feel it” before paying for a plan. There are three available types of offers: free trials, 12 months free, and always free.If you are curious about which services fall into which category, be sure to check out the AWS “pricing” section on the site.

The site is a real game changer and a mine of information. You can also find the “Getting Started Resource Center” where you can go all in and explore the tutorials and resources available for free. Step-by-step guides, videos, community. “Start your journey with AWS”, “Learn theEssentials”, “Choose the right AWS service”, and “Launch your first application”. Who would think of more?

Where is the revolution? Well, we think that you can find it in AWS.AWS, in itself, is a solid basis for storing apps and data and it does not care if you have a business or if you are working on some personal projects. It's simple, fast, and easy to create an account. You can tailor your experience to your needs by choosing from a variety of payment options. So, why not jump right in and join the community?

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