Amazon S3 now made simple to host static websites!


Amazon S3 has always been looked upon as an uber cheap and efficient storage solution. But many consumers were not too happy with Amazon S3 services as it did not allow to host websites.

But, Amazon has taken a note of it and introduced a service that which makes hosting a static website a breeze and very very cost effective solution.

According to latest announcement by Amazon S3, now users can configure root of their websites (which was not possible till now).  The new feature makes it easy to host static websites on Amazon S3.


Customers who are already using Amazon S3 to host images, video, and other content for their websites haven’t been able to effectively host their entire website on Amazon S3. That’s because even though customers can configure an Amazon S3 bucket as a website, users accessing the root of the website (e.g. would see the list of objects in the Amazon S3 bucket instead of the website’s home page. Also, if an error occurred, users would see an Amazon S3 error message instead of a website specific error message. In response to customer requests, Amazon has added support for root and custom error documents to address these issues.

To get started, open the Amazon S3 Management Console, and follow these simple steps:

  1. Right-click on your Amazon S3 bucket and open the Properties pane
  2. Configure your root and error documents in the Website tab
  3. Click Save

For more information on hosting your static website on Amazon S3, review the Amazon S3 Developer Guide or attend the Introduction to Amazon S3 Website Features webinar on February 24th.

I think this is a big announcement by Amazon, and something that other hosting services should be wary about…

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