Your website is the heart of your online presence. This track was designed to help you learn more about how to get the most out of your website hosted on AWS. Sessions focused on the best ways to design your website for high scalability, high availability, low latency, continuous deployment, and much more. Below you can review the sessions that were presented where you can hear from customers who run high-scale, and highly available, websites.  Sessions discussed how these customers designed their architectures and go deep on technical details of critical services to help you get the most out of your website running on AWS.


Best Practices for Handling a 20x Traffic Spike - WEB202

Alex Dunlap, Senior Manager, Amazon Web Services
Krzysztof Wiercioch, Infrastructure Engineer, Scribblelive

Promotions and product updates can bring a heavy load of traffic to your website all at once. In this session, we cover best practices for being able to handle those traffic spikes easily using Amazon Route 53, Elastic Load Balancing, and Amazon CloudFront. You learn how to configure your site to scale as needed, and how to configure your DNS and CDN settings so that a massive influx in traffic won't keep your site's visitors from having a great experience.

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AWS re:Invent 2014 | (WEB202) Best Practices for Handling a 20x Traffic Spike (39:50)

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Building a Website That Costs Pennies to Operate - WEB203

John Mancuso, Solutions Architect, Amazon Web Services

Amazon S3 gives you the ability to serve files from your Amazon S3 buckets. This session shows you how to set up a website with Amazon S3 to serve your static content. We show how you can use open source tools like Jekyll and Octopress to run a blog on your static site. Finally, you see how you can make that site more dynamic using other AWS products and the AWS SDK for JavaScript.

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AWS re:Invent 2014 | (WEB203) Building a Website That Costs Pennies to Operate (45:23)

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Speeding Up Your Site's Performance with a Web Cache - WEB204

Steve MuellerSolutions Architect, Amazon Web Services

Adding a web caching layer to your website can decrease page load times and increase the number of users each instance can serve. This session helps you understand how to use tools like Varnish to configure and utilize a web caching layer to improve the performance of your website. Learn how to add a web caching layer to your existing website and how to use it most effectively. We also cover tips and tricks for deploying and running a web caching layer in AWS.

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AWS re:Invent 2014 | (WEB204) Speeding Up Your Site's Performance with a Web Cache (43:57)

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Operational Web Log Analysis - WEB301

Chris MunnsSolutions Architect, Amazon Web Services

Log data contains some of the most valuable raw information you can gather and analyze about your infrastructure and applications. Amid the mess of confusing lines of seemingly random text can be hints about performance, security, flaws in code, user access patterns, and other operational data. Without the proper tools, finding insights in these logs can be like searching for a hay-colored needle in a haystack. In this session you learn what practices and patterns you can easily implement that can help you better understand your log files.

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AWS re:Invent 2014 | (WEB301) Operational Web Log Analysis (48:16)

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Best Practices for Running WordPress on AWS - WEB302

Andreas Chatzakis, Solutions Architect, Amazon Web Services
Chris Pitchford, Primary Vapor Wrangler, News UK and Ireland

WordPress is an open-source blogging tool and content management system (CMS) that can power anything from personal blogs to high traffic websites. This session covers best practices for deploying scalable WordPress-powered websites on AWS. Starting from one-click single-instance installations from the AWS Marketplace, we move on to WordPress implementation details that help you make the most of AWS elasticity.

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AWS re:Invent 2014 | (WEB302) Best Practices for Running WordPress on AWS (50:38)

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Running and Scaling Magento on AWS - WEB304

Shaun Pearce, Solutions Architect, Amazon Web Services
Zachary Stevens, Chief Architect, Elastera

Magento is a leading open source, eCommerce platform used by many global brands. However, architecting your Magento platform to grow with your business can sometimes be a challenge. This session walks through the steps needed to take an out-of-the-box, single-node Magento implementation and turn it into a highly available, elastic, and robust deployment.

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AWS re:Invent 2014 | (WEB304) Running and Scaling Magento on AWS (46:00)

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Migrating Your Website to AWS - WEB305

Randall Hunt, Technical Evangelist, Amazon Web Services
Eugene Ventimiglia, Director of Technical Operations, Buzzfeed

Moving your website to AWS can provide you numerous advantages around the ability to grow, increasing physical security, and lowering the costs of running your website. You'll be hearing the about how BuzzFeed migrated to AWS when Hurricane Sandy impacted their operations. Director of Buzzfeed’s Tech Ops, Eugene Ventimiglia, will walk through the timeline of the migration and describe how BuzzFeed was able to continue serving millions of users during hurricane Sandy.

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AWS re:Invent 2014 | (WEB305) Migrating Your Website to AWS (38:13)

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UI, Load, and Performance Testing Your Websites on AWS - WEB306

Leo Zhadanovsky, Sr Solutions Architect, Amazon Web Services
Dave Mozealous, Quality Assurance Manager, Amazon Local

The only way to accurately see how your website performs on heavy load, spiky usage, and with different web browsers and platforms is to do load and UI testing. This session explains how Amazon.com uses Amazon EC2 to do automated UI testing, at scale. We also cover using a variety of open source and commercial load and performance testing tools. These tools help you identify weak points in your web architecture, fix them, and ensure that your website can scale to the demand of your users.

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AWS re:Invent 2014 | (WEB306) UI, Load, and Performance Testing Your Websites on AWS (42:25)

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Scalable Site Management Using AWS OpsWorks - WEB307

Chris Barclay, Senior Product Manager, Amazon Web Services
Cliff Mccollum, Software Engineering Manager, FillZ
Jonathan Quail, Software Development Engineer, FillZ

Migrating from a hosted environment to AWS is a good opportunity to streamline deployment and site operations. This session shows how FillZ used AWS OpsWorks with other tools to automate site operations and deliver a highly available site that is used by large numbers of customers. Through code and examples, this session shows you how to automate deployments across an entire fleet, configure a patching strategy, use common tools to create useful alarms and monitor system performance, and employ security best-practices in AWS.

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AWS re:Invent 2014 | (WEB307) Scalable Site Management Using AWS OpsWorks (43:30)

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Optimizing Your Web Server on AWS - WEB401

Jonathan Desrocher, Solutions Architect, Amazon Web Services
Justin Lintz, Sr. Web Operations Engineer, Chartbeat

Tuning your EC2 web server will help you to improve application server throughput and cost-efficiency as well as reduce request latency. In this session we will walk through tactics to identify bottlenecks using tools such as CloudWatch in order to drive the appropriate allocation of EC2 and EBS resources. In addition, we will also be reviewing some performance optimizations and best practices for popular web servers such as Nginx and Apache in order to take advantage of the latest EC2 capabilities.

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AWS re:Invent 2014 | (WEB401) Optimizing Your Web Server on AWS (45:55)

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