Free Amazon S3 and CloudFront Hosting for Students
If you’re a student and apply for GitHub Education, you get a lot of cool stuff for free.
Part of this cool stuff apparently is “aws educate” access, I was told:
GitHub Student Developer Pack members receive up to $110 in bonus AWS credits for a total of $75-$150
This means you can host your indie app downloads on S3 and CloudFront for free for a very long time. I wrote a tutorial on how to set up CloudFront to host downloads and potentially static websites. It details the transition of an existing S3 bucket to the modern access rights management and a cached CloudFront endpoint.
If you’re new to S3/CloudFront, you can start with these simple steps:
- Create S3 bucket: https://console.aws.amazon.com/s3/
- Disable public access (all of it)
/publicdirectory in the bucket
- Upload a
/public/index.htmlwith a link back to your website
Set up CloudFront cache: https://console.aws.amazon.com/cloudfront/
You’ll be creating a CloudFront user (“Origin Access Identity”, with access to S3) and a distribution (public URL endpoint)
Best create a new CloudFront Distribution and let the setup do all the work:
- “Create Distribution”, then select the “Web” target
- Origin Domain Name: Select the S3 bucket target you created in step 1
- Origin Path:
- Restrict Bucket Access: (1) Yes, (2) Create a New Identity
- Grant Read Permission: Yes
- (Leave rest in between as is; ensure you use SSL certificate)
- Default Root Object:
index.html(path is relative to the origin path)
That’s it. Wait a while until everything is set up, test the URL, and you should see the contents of your
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