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December 15, 2023

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Whether you’re just getting started with your first website or are a seasoned pro with a ton of projects under your belt, every website owner must choose a web hosting service. Because there are so many possibilities, finding and selecting the ideal web hosting services for your needs can be tricky.

This article will discuss AWS Web Hosting, which is one of the most important players in the web hosting space today.

What is AWS Hosting? 

Amazon Web Services (AWS) hosting refers to the hosting services provided by the global ecommerce giant Amazon. AWS hosting is part of the wider AWS platform, which includes a number of cloud-based services (over 200 as of early 2022). Aside from web hosting, it offers cloud storage, network infrastructure, and many other services.

AWS is the world’s largest cloud platform and one of the first businesses to offer cloud-based services, making it one of the most reliable cloud hosting solutions available.

In today’s post, we’ll go over some of the website hosting options available on AWS.

How AWS Hosting Work?

Before we jump into the different hosting options offered by AWS, let’s go over exactly how AWS Hosting works.

AWS hosting makes use of cloud computing, unlike traditional hosting which stores a website on a single physical web server. Cloud hosting, on the other hand, employs a network of connected virtual and physical servers. This means that cloud-hosted websites are not dependent on a single system. One server in the network can fail without affecting the performance of any website housed on it since there are so many other servers in the network.

Although AWS hosting is not the only cloud hosting option available today, it is one of the most well-known and popular.

AWS Hosting Options

Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) is a storage service for simple static websites that use HTML and Javascript.

AWS Amplify is intended for websites created with single-page app frameworks or static site generators.

Amazon Lightsail is intended for simple websites created with a popular application such as WordPress, Joomla, or Magento, or a development stack such as MEAN.

Amazon Elastic Beanstalk is intended for developers to simply worry about deploying your code, and Beanstalk will take care of the rest in the background. Such as deploying, load balancing etc.

Enterprise Web Hosting is designed for websites that will receive a high volume of traffic and require complex application support, such as popular media sites and enterprise businesses.

Application Hosting is for businesses that require hosting for more than just their websites, such as mobile applications and SaaS (software as a service) products.

Advantages of AWS Website Hosting

Security – As a company who started in ecommerce,  Amazon understands security, and Amazon extends that understanding to its AWS services. The company promises infrastructure built to the strict standards of the most demanding industries, such as the military and health providers.

Reliability – AWS’s hosting services are supported by a massive infrastructure, which translates to high performance.  For websites hosted on AWS, this means that you can typically expect fast loading times and near-constant uptime back with their outstanding SLA.

Flexibility – One of the key advantages of cloud hosting in general, particularly AWS hosting, is the ease with which you may scale up and down as needed. If your website have fluctuate traffic—for instance, if traffic spikes during the holiday season and then drops for months—having a web hosting package that can accommodate varying demand as they emerge is essential.

Price – AWS hosting is based on a pay-as-you-go model, which can be advantageous to some companies. Your expenditures will be reduced for months when you have fewer visitors and require less bandwidth.  If you prefer this model where you’ll only pay for what you use, AWS hosting is the answer.

Compatibility – AWS hosting is compatible with all the major platforms, content management systems (CMSs), and programming languages that you may want to use to build your website.

Conclusion: 

AWS hosting may be a great fit for you if you need a high level of security and performance, with the ability to scale as needed and only pay for what you use. With a variety of hosting options, there are many different paths you can take depending on what your building.

For website owners who prefer a more straightforward payment structure and value ease of use over power and features, AWS may not fit the build compared to more traditional hosting platforms.

Written by Ethan

Cloud Solutions Architect. Full Stack Web Developer. Cloud Enthusiast. Gym rat. I'm a driven, detail oriented, Cloud Solution Architect based in Pittsburgh, PA. Experienced in both networking and software development cycles where I enjoy designing scalable, flexible and cost effective solutions with a focus on end user experience and business objectives. When I'm not working or at the gym I enjoy continuous learning, experimenting with new technologies and sharing what I learned to the communities.

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