Hosting Static Websites on Amazon S3

David Clinton

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You've got a website project that needs building, but it can't just be any old website. This one absolutely must be fast, secure, reliable and, ideally, it shouldn't cost much. If your project will work as a static website, then you're in luck.

Building secure static websites on public cloud platforms like Amazon S3 (AWS) can be the solution to many problems: they can cost next to nothing, will pretty much never be unavailable, and can provide a surprisingly wide range of features. The only real downside is that there's a bit of a learning curve you'll have to climb to get it done.

In this self-paced course, you'll learn how to build your own secure and highly-available static website on the Amazon S3 platform. The video demos will show you exactly how every step in the process works and the test-yourself quizzes will ensure you've understood and absorbed everything. Naturally, you're strongly encouraged to dive in to design and deploy a static site for yourself.

You'll also learn how to:

  • Create an AWS S3 bucket with secure permissions

  • Use the popular Hugo static website generator to turn your HTML and other resources into a professional site

  • Generate a free website encryption certificate using AWS Certificate Manager

  • Deploy a global CDN distribution for your site using Amazon CloudFront

  • Automate the deployment of content updates

Whether you're responsible for hosting static websites supporting enterprise-level content stores, or you're just looking for a way to quickly throw together a simple Hello World project, an Amazon S3-based static website might be a perfect match.


Learners should have their own AWS accounts and a very basic familiarity with their use - especially Amazon S3.

They should also have basic familiarity with a command line tool (PowerShell, Bash, Terminal, etc.) used by the OS on their personal computers.

Who This Course is For

Individuals looking to build a secure, robust, inexpensive, and (relatively) easy-to-manage website to be hosted on the Amazon S3 storage platform within their own AWS accounts

What You Will be Learn

Create and configure an Amazon S3 bucket and push content to it using the AWS CLI

Use AWS Route 53 to create a domain (or subdomain) for your Amazon S3 static website

Create a CloudFront distribution to enable low-latency CDN access

Request and deploy a (free) encryption certificate to ensure secure TLS/SSL access to your site

Create and upload site content using the Hugo static website generator

David Clinton

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David Clinton is an AWS solutions architect and Linux server administrator. He has written about and published training content (including books with Wiley/Sybex, Bootstrap IT, and Manning, and online courses on Udemy and Pluralsight) for many cutting edge technology subjects including Linux systems, Cloud Computing (in particular Amazon's AWS), container technologies like Kubernetes, data analytics, and DevOps tools. More than 60,000 of his books are currently in circulation and his video courses have been viewed by more than a half a million students...just like you!


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