Initially, I have been using Web Hosting Hub with wordpress installed with it to run my website. I got my domain name from OpenSRS. I am quite happy with their services and support. However, It has come to the point that I am clearly paying too much for just hosting a blog which stood at about 13 bucks a month.
This is where I chanced upon Amazon Web Services. Not being a good front-end developer, I went around in search of a template where I found Hugo, a static web builder developed with Golang. Below list the ways i went around trying to switch from web hosting hub to AWS. It was a rather fruitful experience as my overhead became less than 1 dollar a month.
Feel free to view a step by step tutorial on deploying hugo with Amazon Web Services by Ilya Bezdelev.
In a nutshell, key points that you should note involves:
- Hugo website
- Follow Hugo Tutorial on Creating Website here
- example.com bucket
- serves the website content
- www.example.com bucket
- redirects to example.com endpoint
- contains all hugo related files
Default AWS Endpoint Domain Name
- Storage Buckets (used for containing Hugo files and serving web pages to visitors to site)
- Lambda ( piece of code that triggers downloading of static files from hugo input to output bucket)
Custom Domain Name
- CloudFront Distribution (CDN)
- Route 53
Security of AWS resources will be managed by Identity & Access Management(IAM)
AWS CloudFront consist of CDN which helps to speed up your website by
Route 53 is used as a DNS Service as well as Domain Name Registration
Amazon Route 53 is an authoritative Domain Name System (DNS) service. DNS is the system that translates human-readable domain names (example.com) into IP addresses (192.0.2.0). With authoritative name servers in data centers all over the world, Route 53 is reliable, scalable, and fast. TLD = Top Level Domain
With all these in hand, Begin your journey to hosting your very own blog.
Remember –> Create Hugo Website –> Create AWS Web Service –> Create S3 to store Hugo Files –> DNS with hosted zone to serve your example.com to the world.
Disclaimer: feel free to read up more about Hugo to find out about the other ways to host Hugo files. A free alternative would be netlify! PS - Web Hosting Hub Support is Excellent