How to remove the Elastic Compute Cloud charge from your AWS bill

I have been testing Google Cloud and AWS, so I recently decided to stop all my Amazon services so I can focus on testing on one cloud computing hosting provider. I decided I will test on Google as I like their BigQuery features.

So I scaled down all my Amazon AWS (Amazon Web Services) instances and found that I was still getting charged by AWS.

What I received was a bill, I logged into AWS and found that I needed to disable my Elastic IP address that I had set on AWS.

As I knew I had already disabled the instances itself (and in each region – be sure to check that!). But the instance still had an Elastic IP address associated and set up with it. So I didn’t realise it right now, but I was still using another paid feature, so that was what was causing that charge on my credit card was for in the following month.

Well, here is the example details that I saw when I logged into my AWS account.



Specifically this section of the bill which I discovered!

Elastic IP Addresses $1.19

$0.00 per Elastic IP address not attached to a running instance for the first hour1 Hrs$0.00$0.005 per Elastic IP address not attached to a running instance per hour (prorated)238 Hrs$1.19

Via the Billing Management Console> Bills. Here is the link here in case you need it. https://console.aws.amazon.com/billing/home?region=us-east-2#/bills?year=2019&month=5

So where do you find this Elastic Compute Cloud to turn off in your AWS account?

Well, if you go to AWS Management Console via https://aws.amazon.com/# you can find it within the listing in your dashboard. It will appear innocently as a text link called “Elastic IPs”. So you will want to click and make your way through the steps to finally “Release the IP address”.

Here are some screenshots from my experiences clicking my way through to disable it.

Right click here and select “Release addresses”

I hope that helps you manage your AWS bill better. Remember to use only the features you need!

How to change your website to Cloudflare Enterprise plan from another plan

I wrote this guide for those who are looking to set up your website on Cloudflare Enterprise’s plan. To make it easier to make sense of the process.
Here are the steps to add new domains as Enterprise to Cloudflare below:

Adding new domains as Enterprise to Cloudflare from another plan

This applies to those upgrading from the Free, Business or Professional plans.

Step 1 – Select “Change plan” on the Overview page

In Cloudflare.com once you log in you should see an “Overview” tab, scroll down that page and look for a section that says “Change Plan”.

Step 2 – Select Enterprise

You will then be presented and asked to choose your Cloudflare Plan. Here you will be shown the number of remaining Enterprise Plan slots you have remaining. Select “Enterprise Website” and then select “Continue”.
Assuming you have paid for Enterprise, you should see an option to add in the x number of Enterprise Websites. Select that option to enable Enterprise for your domain.

Then choose which websites you want to be upgraded to Enterprise.

Step 3 – Confirm domains to be upgraded to Enterprise

Confirm the number of websites that will be upgraded to Enterprise.

Step 4 – Check the status in your Cloudflare portal Check to make sure your website is set up on Cloudflare.

Step 5 – Give time for traffic to migrate to new name servers

Wait and allow up to 24 hours for changes to be processed. As per details specified on the page.
There will be no downtime when you switch your name servers. Traffic will gracefully roll from your old name servers to the new name servers without interruption. Your site will remain available throughout the switch.

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How to set up Cloudflare Free CDN to your website

I wanted to explore how online providers such as Cloudflare can increase my performance and security on my website. So I am testing their CDN Content Delivery Network.

Here are the steps that I took to get set up with Cloudflare.

Step 1 – Add your website

Click on the “+Add Site” link
https://dash.cloudflare.com/add-site

Step 2 – Scanning records

Cloudflare will then scan your website. You will receive a “Scan Complete” confirmation once complete. Click on “Continue Setup” when you’re ready to go to the next step.

Step 3 – Configure your DNS Settings

This step involves changing your DNS settings.
Please visit your registrar’s dashboard to change your nameservers displayed.

The transfer process can take up to 24 hours. There will be no downtime when you switch your name servers. Traffic will gracefully roll from your old name servers to the new name servers without interruption. Your site will remain available throughout the switch.

Step 4 – Wait, confirm that everything is setup and your website is live

DNS can take from 24-48 hours to propagate. Let’s see if it’s true that the website is still live. 

Website is still live

Step 5 – Confirmation 

You should then see no more references to “Status: Pending” once it is live.

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