Get WordPress Bundles for the Google Cloud Platform Through Bitnami

In August, developers’ lives got a lot easier when official WordPress images certified by Bitnami and Automattic became available on Amazon Web Services.  

Now, you can also find official WordPress images on the Google Cloud Platform (GCP)! Automattic (the folks behind Jetpack,, WooCommerce, and more) partnered with Bitnami to provide a straightforward, secure way to use WordPress and Jetpack on GCP.   

From the moment you click the Launch on Compute Engine button, you can focus on your website content without worrying about how to package and launch your new site on the Google Cloud Platform server. And the WordPress images are free to launch — you’ll only need to pay Google to host your application once it’s deployed on the Google Cloud Console.  

What’s in the box? 

To give you a head start with site-building, the image has the popular Jetpack and AMP plugins pre-installed.

Jetpack is Automattic’s all-in-one solution for WordPress. It replaces dozens of plugins with a single solution that gives you rock-solid site performance, security, and customization tools, including:

See the full list of features at

Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) is an essential tool for building rich, fast websites that work great on mobile devices. Previously, AMP mode would leave out features and styles, but the AMP plugin for WordPress converts all your content to AMP markup automatically. Other highlights include:

  • Core theme support that works with all WordPress core themes from Twenty Ten to Twenty Twenty.
  • A compatibility tool for detailed debugging information for validation errors.
  • CSS tree-shaking that automatically removes the majority of unused CSS to bring your files below AMP’s 50KB limit for CSS.

Pick the WordPress image that works for you 

Bitnami provides a range of cloud images for different needs. To launch an image, click the link then select Launch on Compute Engine. A WordPress server will be running on your console in minutes! Choose from:

Find out which WordPress image best matches your WordPress use case.  

Not sure where to start? Follow this step-by-step guide! If you’re stuck or have questions about launching WordPress on Google Cloud Platform, check out Bitnami’s documentation for WordPress or visit the Community Support Forum.  

Learn how to deploy WordPress for Google Cloud Platform with guidance from Bitnami and Automattic:

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Jesse Friedman

Jesse Friedman has been building websites for 20 years, and exclusively with WordPress since 2006. Jesse has written several books, taught 100’s of students as a professor, and organized dozens of local meetups along with a few WordCamps. Jesse has spoken at tech conferences around the world including SXSW, HOW, Future events and many more; and has consulted for a wide array of companies from small agencies to multi-billion dollar international companies. Today Jesse is the VP of Innovation and Partnership Success for Jetpack at Automattic, where he spends his time working on partnership and marketing strategies.

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  1. Shoo Rayner says:

    I’m sorry, but it seems to me that nowhere have you tried to explain what on earth this is all about. What image? Why do I need a wordpress image? What is a wordpress image? Is bitnami a stock image company? It doesn’t seem to be… seems to be another way to set up a wordpress site – what’s that got to do with images? Who are you wanting to certify my site for? isn’t SSL good enough? Do I need yet another certificate?


    • Madison Grace says:

      I agree with this comment. I’m a bit confused.


    • Jesse Friedman says:

      Hi There,

      You’re right, the term “image” is a bit confusing here. I would think that most people who use WordPress – including myself – default to a graphic or photograph when thinking of an “image”. In this case, a Bitnami Image is a “snapshot” of all the files and code you need to launch a new WordPress instance on the Google Cloud Platform.

      If you’re not considering using the Google Cloud Platform or another cloud hosting solution like AWS, then you don’t need to do anything at all. This is just a new way to launch WordPress and Jetpack on those platforms.

      Though having an SSL certificate is important, these “images” have been certified by Bitnami, there is no need for you to get an additional certificate.


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      • Shoo Rayner says:

        Thanks, Jesse. I imagine at least half your customers are individuals. The email I received is really for technical types. Perhaps a bit of explanation for us self-hosters would help at the beginning of such an email, so we know its not for us.

        best wishes

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  2. JManuelCamposN says:

    Hey Jesse

    Do people who use that image have to worry about implementing other security measures that demand server management skills?


    • Jesse Friedman says:

      Great question José,

      Using cloud platforms like Google Cloud or AWS does require a greater level of expertise over using a typical shared hosting solution, if you plan to take advantage of all the customizations and settings you’ll have available. That being said, strong passwords at all levels, and SSL certificates, combined with malicious file scanning and of course a backup solution are required steps for strong security no matter what platform you’re on.

      None of those security tools require server management skills. Shameless plug: Also Google Cloud Platform comes with Jetpack which protects you from brute force intrusion and notifies you of downtime for free. Our Scan and Backup solutions are available with a paid plan and will work to protect your site on those cloud platforms. I’d like to think that all Jetpack features are designed so everyone can use them.


  3. aryne says:

    Very informative! Article thanks for sharing with us

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Tiffany W Reid says:

    I have been using jetpack for 2 months now, the features in it are really cool. It has helped my SEO to boost. Auditing website has become easy due to it’s updated features. It will get more better if plugins worked more relevantly.


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