Deploy Your Static Website in Minutes Using AWS S3


Before launching your static website with AWS S3, ensure you have the following:

  • An AWS account: Sign up at the AWS Management Console if you haven’t already.
  • Your static website files: HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and image files ready for upload.
  • A domain name (optional for this guide but necessary for configuring with Route 53): Purchase a domain name through providers like Amazon Route 53 or any other domain registrar of your choice.


In today’s fast-paced digital world, having an online presence is crucial for personal branding, showcasing your portfolio, or establishing your business online. Amazon Web Services (AWS) S3 offers a straightforward, efficient way to deploy a static website in minutes. This guide will walk you through the simple steps to upload your website content and enable the static website hosting feature in AWS S3. Plus, stay tuned for an accompanying video that visually demonstrates the ease of launching.

Step 1: Prepare Your Website Files

Before diving into AWS S3, ensure your website files are ready. A static website consists of HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and image files. Organize your files, ensuring you have an index.html file as this will serve as the entry point of your website (the entry point can be configured in S3).

Step 2: Create an S3 Bucket

  • Log in to the AWS Management Console and navigate to the S3 service.
  • Click on “Create bucket”. Give your bucket a unique name that reflects your website’s domain name and select the AWS Region closest to your target audience for optimal performance.
  • Uncheck “Block all public access” settings and acknowledge that the bucket will be publicly accessible. This step is crucial for your website to be accessible to everyone on the internet.
  • Click “Create bucket” to finalize the creation.

Step 3: Upload Your Website Files

Open your newly created bucket and click the “Upload” button. Select and upload your website files. You can drag and drop files or use the upload wizard to select files from your computer. Once the upload is complete, all your website files will be listed in the bucket.

Step 4: Enable Static Website Hosting

With your files uploaded, it’s time to turn your bucket into a website host. Navigate to the “Properties” tab of your bucket and find the “Static website hosting” option. Select “Use this bucket to host a website” and enter index.html as both the index and error documents. This configuration tells AWS S3 to use index.html as the default landing page and error page. Save the changes. AWS will provide you with a bucket website endpoint URL, which is your website’s URL.

Step 5: Set Bucket Permissions

To make your website publicly accessible, you need to adjust the bucket’s permissions. Navigate to the “Permissions” tab and edit the bucket policy. You’ll need to add a policy that allows public read access to your website’s files.

  "Version": "2012-10-17",
  "Statement": [{
    "Sid": "PublicReadGetObject",
    "Effect": "Allow",
    "Principal": "*",
    "Action": ["s3:GetObject"],
    "Resource": ["arn:aws:s3:::yourbucketname/*"]

Replace yourbucketname with your actual bucket name.

Step 6: Configure a Custom Domain with Amazon Route 53

After deploying your static website, you might want to use a custom domain name instead of the default S3 endpoint URL. Amazon Route 53 is a scalable and highly available Domain Name System (DNS) web service that allows you to manage your domain’s DNS records easily.


Congratulations! You’ve just deployed your static website to AWS S3 in under two minutes. By following these straightforward steps, you’ve made your site accessible to anyone around the globe. AWS S3 not only simplifies web deployment but also ensures your site’s availability and scalability.

Stay tuned for the video demonstration where we’ll visually guide you through each step, showcasing just how easy and quick the process is with AWS S3. Whether you’re a seasoned developer or a newcomer to web development, AWS S3 empowers you to launch your website with ease and efficiency.

Next Steps

  • Consider using Amazon CloudFront to deliver your content faster to users across the globe by caching your site’s content in edge locations.
  • Explore integrating other AWS services like AWS Lambda for adding dynamic functionalities without managing servers.

Happy deploying!