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Solar Installers Directory, AWS S3 Static Hosting

Check out our latest pet project, our Solar Installers Directory.   Solar Installers Directory is a mobile friendly website hosted on an Amazon S3 bucket.   It has full https security, Cloudfront distributed content, and virtually zero server overhead.    The locations map is provided by our Store Locator Plus® SaaS service.

About S3 Hosting

Amazon Web Services (AWS) provides high-availability cloud storage via their S3 service.   Typically this is used to host off-site content such as backups or data that is not needed on a regular basis.    Some people use it to see AWS Cloudfront, a content distribution network, to speed up their sites for images or other content.   A lesser-known trick is using the S3 bucket to host a website.

While there are some limitations to what you can do, the site is static HTML + JavaScript + CSS, those last two components make “static” websites a far more viable option.    Modern user experiences can be built for any business that does not need a full database-driven site.    This is an exceptionally good fit for a “calling card” web presence.