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Configuring Amazon S3 Buckets to Host a Static Website with a Custom Domain

In this live AWS environment, we will create and configure a simple static website. Then, we will configure that static website with a custom domain, using Route 53 Alias record sets. This lab demonstrates how to create cost-efficient website hosting for sites that consist of files like HTML, CSS, JavaScript, fonts, and images. The code we use for the static site is [here](

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Clock icon Intermediate
Clock icon 30m
Clock icon Jul 22, 2018

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Table of Contents

  1. Challenge

    Create an S3 Bucket and a Static Website

    Create an S3 bucket for our assigned domain, configure a static website for the domain, and set up a DNS record (called an A or alias record) in Route 53. Make sure that in the Object Ownership section, check ACLs enabled.

  2. Challenge

    Configure a Custom Domain in Route 53

    Create a redirect (www) S3 bucket and configure a redirect DNS record to point to our AWS S3 static site.

  3. Challenge

    Test the Static Website with `dig` and `nslookup` Commands

    Run the dig and nslookup commands to verify our website is routed properly. Windows, Mac, and Linux terminals all include the nslookup command. If your system doesn't have dig, you can use dig in the Google Admin Toolbox.

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