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Learn Amazon Web Services in a Month of Lunches by David Clinton

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Chapter 4. Databases on AWS

As you saw in the previous chapter, WordPress stores in a database all the bits and pieces that make up your website. But of course, this approach isn’t limited to WordPress: it would be hard to imagine any public-facing application of even minimal complexity that didn’t rely on structured data of one sort or another. Working on an application? Learn to love databases. The coming pages explore how to choose a database architecture and how (and why) to move your database away from the WordPress instance to run independently in its own environment.

4.1. The database

Just in case you haven’t yet been formally introduced, I’ll take a moment to explain what a database does. A database is software that’s good at reading ...

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