Amazon S3 adds new features for hosting static websites

Posted on: Feb 17, 2011

We’re excited to announce new features that make it easy to host static websites on Amazon S3. Customers already use Amazon S3 to host images, video, and other content for their website, but until now they haven’t been able to effectively host their entire website on Amazon S3. That’s because even though customers can configure an Amazon S3 bucket as a website, users accessing the root of the website (e.g. would see the list of objects in the Amazon S3 bucket instead of the website’s home page. Also, if an error occurred, users would see an Amazon S3 error message instead of a website specific error message. In response to customer requests, we’ve added support for root and custom error documents to address these issues.


With root and custom error document support, Amazon S3 now provides a simple and inexpensive way to host your website in one place. For more information on hosting your static website on Amazon S3, review the Amazon S3 Developer Guide.