What I needed to utilize to accomplish this was the following
- A better backup mechanism: I'm using Wordpress for my site, and there are a number of backup solutions there, the one I was using was easy to create a backup image of the site content and the database, and store it in a set of files on my Dropbox presence (I wanted a separate store for it) but I had never tried to restore the website from any of these backups. After examining other tools, I finally settled on All-in-One Migration by https://servmask.com/ ; they are also in the plugins library.
- Creating an EC2 instance with a marketplace app for Wordpress via Bitnami was straightforward except for the simple instructions I followed on the AWS community noted to ignore the creation of server keypairs (for SSH access). Attempted to create the keypairs later was never successful and I am not really sure why, reinstantiating the instance and reloading my website content but this time creating the keypairs during that instantiation was successful.
AWS has a free tier (for an initial one year) so if you've never done this before, you should try it. The market place has a number of apps already available for low or no software cost.