There’s no doubt that building a web server from scratch is a great learning experience, and one that I recommend all WordPress developers undertake. Doing so will give you a greater understanding of the various components required to serve a website, not just the code you write. It can also broaden your knowledge on wider security and performance topics, which often get overlooked when you’re bogged down in code. However, once you are familiar with the process, building a new server can be a time consuming task. Wouldn’t it be great if you could automate the entire process and provision new servers in a matter of minutes with little intervention? Thankfully you can, using a tool called Ansible. Why Ansible? Ansible is an automation tool for provisioning, application deployment, and configuration management. Gone are the days of SSH’ing into your server to run a command or hacking together bash scripts to semi-automate laborious tasks. Whether you’re managing a single server or an entire fleet, Ansible can not only simplify the process, but save you time. So what makes Ansible so great? Ansible is completely agent-less, meaning you don’t have to install
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