Web Hosting with AWS

Written by Ethan He

May 1, 2022

Whether you’re starting your first website or a seasoned veteran with plenty of projects under your belt, every website owner must decide which web hosting provider to use. Finding and selecting  the best web hosting services for your needs is difficult,  because there are so many options to choose from.

This article will outline one of the most crucial players in the web hosting space today – AWS hosting.


What is AWS Hosting?

Amazon Web Services (AWS) hosting refers to global ecommerce giant Amazon’s hosting services. AWS hosting is a service offered by the larger AWS platform, which offers a variety of cloud-based products (over 200 as early 2022). Aside from web hosting, some of its top products include cloud storage, network infrastructure, and many others.

AWS is the world’s largest cloud platform and one of the first companies to offer cloud-based services, making them one of the most trusted options for anyone interested in cloud hosting.


How AWS Hosting Work?

AWS hosting makes use of cloud computing. A website is stored on a specific physical web server with traditional hosting. Cloud hosting, on the other hand, makes use of a network of connected servers, both virtual and physical. This means that websites hosted in the cloud are not reliant on a single machine. Because there are so many other servers in the network, one server in the network can fail without affecting the performance of any website hosted on it.

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


Types of AWS Hosting

AWS offers a wide range of AWS hosting services to meet a variety of needs.

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.

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.


Why AWS Hosting?

Web hosting is a highly competitive market, but with AWS’s global presence and its strong technical foundation, it has established itself as one of the key players today.

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.



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. 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.

If you need help implementing AWS hosting, please contact me! You know I am always happy to help. 

Ethan He

About Ethan He

Ethan is a Full Stack Web Developer and SEO Specialist based in Pittsburgh, PA. In his free time, Ethan enjoys working on various projects involving Ruby, Vue and AWS applications.

Ethan graduated from The Firehose Project coding bootcamp in 2016 with a focus on Ruby on Rail and Computer Software engineering.