Decided to utilize Amazon’s lightsail service for deployment of this website. One word, WOW!
I can’t even begin to detail all the hours I’ve spend putting together robust wordpress platforms. From file/folder permissions, htaccess configs, wordpress hardening etc. Amazon’s new service takes all the hassle out and gets you up and running with a core wordpress instance in minutes.
I could go into more detail but instead I recommend you check it out for yourself. First month is free for a base instance and $5 per month after. https://amazonlightsail.com