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Martins Irbe


I'm a software engineer based in London.
I ❤️ coding, photography, games and solving puzzles.


Moving to S3

A few days ago I migrated my website from SiteGround shared hosting provider to an instance on DigitalOcean. By doing so, I have stopped paying around £130 to £46 per year. The main reason why I moved to DigitalOcean was that I got $50 in platform credit from GitHub Student Developer Pack. However, after exploring AWS, I found that it’s possible to host static websites on S3 and it would cost me somewhere between $0.50 - $1.50 per month, which is somewhere around £14 per year. I would say that it’s not bad at all, it’s quite impressive savings from £130 to £14. And a few hours later, here we are, my website now lives on S3 with the help of CloudFront and Route 53. As search engines prefer sites with HTTPS, I also decided to use Let’s Encrypt, and thanks to S3/CloudFront plugin for Certbot client it was like a walk in the park. To setup a static website on S3 you can follow Amazon’s tutorial which can be found here.

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