Static Web Pages in the Cloud with Amazon Web Services

Creating a simple website, say a static website with text, a list of documents, links to YouTube (which, after all pretty much describes most places in the internet) is very simple and straightforward in Amazon Web Services. No need to use web hosting, set up Apache, or the like. Besides, unless you have lots of traffic, S3 will probably be more cost efficient than simple hosting.

Just the nuts and bolts below (to check out the screenshots in detail and zoom in, just double-click on them).


1. Log into your Amazon S3 account.
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2. Select S3, Scalable Storage in the Cloud
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3.Create a bucket, and select a region close to most of your customers
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4.Open the properties of the bucket. Click on the icon (not on the bucket itself, to adjust properties)
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5. Set the properties so that static web hosting is enabled. Notice the end-point. This is the ‘true’ name of your static website.

Bucket Properties

6. Time to upload your content. Now click on the bucket itself, not in the icon on the left.
Select Bucket


6 ctd. Upload the file(s). They will now appear in the bucket.
Bucket Content

Files Listed

7. Make the contents public!!!
Make Contents Public

Finished! Now visit your content! The web URL to use is the one in the properties page, but you can of course, use yours.
Website at S3

As you might realize, in addition to websites, you can save pretty much any kind of file. It can be encrypted so that it remains encrypted at rest at Amazon. By default, Amazon sends the file using https.

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