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Individual service usage and cost: AWS pricing is based on your usage of each individual service. The total combined usage of each service will create your monthly bill. Explore the tabs below to learn what each service does and how it affects your bill.

  • Amazon S3

    Description: Amazon S3 provides secure, durable, and highly-scalable cloud storage for the objects that make up your static website. Examples of objects you can store include HTML pages, CSS files, images, videos, and JavaScript. Amazon S3 makes it easy to use object storage with a simple web interface to store and retrieve data from anywhere on the web, meaning that your website will be reliably available to your visitors.

    How Pricing Works: Amazon S3 Pricing is based on five types of usage: the type of Amazon S3 storage you use, where you store your website content (e.g. US East vs. Asia Pacific - Sydney), the amount you store, the number of requests you or your users make to store new content or retrieve the content, and the amount of data that is transferred from Amazon S3 to you or your users. Since you’ll deliver content with Amazon CloudFront, your Amazon S3 costs will be based on storage.

    Example: Using Standard Storage in US East, if you store 5GB of content, you’d pay $0.15 per month. If you created your account in the past 12 months and you’re eligible for the AWS Free Tier, you’d pay $0.00 per month.

  • Amazon Route 53

    Description: Amazon Route 53 is a highly available and scalable cloud Domain Name System (DNS) web service. It is designed to give you a reliable and cost-effective way to route end users to Internet applications by translating a domain name (like www.yourwebsite.com) into the numeric IP addresses (e.g., 192.0.2.1) that computers use to connect to each other.  When someone visits your website, Amazon Route 53 will manage this domain name to IP address relationship this in a Hosted Zone.

    How Pricing Works: Amazon Route53 pricing is based on three things: the number of domain names managed (paid annually), the number of Hosted Zones you use, and the number of end user queries for your website. 

    Example: For a static website you’ll register one domain and use one Hosted Zone. All queries to Amazon S3-based static websites are free. The cost to register a domain varies by the top level domain you want to register. For example, “.com” is $12 annually and “.net” is $11 annually. For a list of all domain prices, see Amazon Route 53 Domain Name Pricing. The hosted zone for your site will cost $0.50 per month.

  • Amazon CloudFront

    Description: Amazon CloudFront is a global Content Delivery Network (CDN), which will host your website on a global network of edge servers, helping users load your website more quickly. When requests for your website content come through, they are automatically routed to the nearest edge location, closest to where the request originated from, so your content is delivered to your end user with the best possible performance.

    How Pricing Works: Amazon CloudFront pricing is based on the three things: the amount of data you transfer to your end users, the number of user requests (for both http and https content), and the CloudFront locations you use (which will depend on the global diversity of your users).

    Example: Let’s say your website uses CloudFront for a month (30 days), and the site has 1,000 visitors each day for that month. Each visitor clicked 1 page that returned a single object (1 request) and they did this once each day for 30 days. Turns out each request is 1MB for the amount of data transferred, so in total for the month that comes to 30,000MB or 29GB (1GB = 1,024MB). Half the requests are from the US and half are from Europe, so your monthly total for data transferred comes to $2.47. Also, each click is an HTTP request, so for the month that equals 30,000 HTTP requests, which comes to a total of $0.02 for the month. Adding the two values together, the total cost for using CloudFront for this example would be $2.49 for the month.

    If you created your account in the past 12 months, you are eligible for the AWS Free Tier. With AWS Free Tier, the first 50GB of data transferred out and the first 2,000,000 HTTP/HTTPS requests are free so for this example, your bill for the month would be reduced to $0.00.

Total Billing Estimates: The total cost of hosting your static website on AWS will vary depending on your usage.  Typically, it will cost $1-3/month if you are outside the AWS Free Tier limits.  If you are eligible for AWS Free Tier and within these limits, hosting your static website will cost around $0.50/month. To see a detailed breakdown of costs and estimate your bill, explore the Simple Monthly Calculator

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