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Create a Static Website Using Amazon S3

In this AWS hands-on lab, we will create and configure a simple static website. We will go through configuring that static website with a custom error page. This will demonstrate how to create a cost-efficient website hosting for sites that consist of files like HTML, CSS, JavaScript, fonts, and images.

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Clock icon Intermediate
Clock icon 30m
Clock icon Nov 17, 2021

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Table of Contents

  1. Challenge

    Create S3 Bucket

    Create an S3 bucket that begins with the name my-bucket (e.g., my-bucket-<ACCOUNT ID>) in the us-east-1 region. When creating the bucket, remember to uncheck the S3 Block Public Access settings. Upload the code for the static site. You will find the code (index.html and error.html) in the following GitHub repository:

  2. Challenge

    Enable Static Website Hosting

    You can use Amazon S3 to host a static website. On a static website, individual web pages include static content. They might also contain client-side scripts.

    To host a static website on Amazon S3, configure an Amazon S3 bucket for website hosting, and then upload your website content to the bucket.

    When you configure a bucket as a static website, you must enable website hosting, set permissions, and create and add an index document.

    You must ensure that the S3 Block Public Access settings are disabled on the bucket, so that the files in the bucket can be made publicly readable.

  3. Challenge

    Apply Bucket Policy

    To make objects in your bucket publicly readable, write a bucket policy that grants everyone s3:GetObject permission.

    Note that AWS will not permit you to create the policy if the S3 Block Public Access settings are still enabled on the bucket.

    After disabling the Block Public Access settings, you can add a bucket policy to grant public read access to your bucket. When you grant public read access, anyone on the internet can access your bucket.

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