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Gatsby on AWS S3 and CloudFront

This is a quick hit and run post on how I got my Gatsby site up and running on S3 and CloudFront with minimal fuss. The main perk to running a site this way is that it is very nearly free. Unless my blog gets a lot traffic, I assume I'll be paying at most $6.00 a year to host my blog. That's cheaper than I've ever hosted a site for, and the entirety of that charge is just paying for Route 53 to support DNS for my domain.

I mostly just followed this blog post from the team at Appfocused. There's a couple bits of data they leave out, like how to set up your static hosting on S3, so here's a link to the AWS tutorial you need to tackle first to set up your containers.

One thing the tutorial doesn't make clear is that when you configure your primary site container, be sure to set your error document on your container to 404.html, this'll make Gatsby happier to start with.

After that the tutorial is pretty clear, but I got sort of confused since they append a dollar sign to the example environment variables you have to set up in Travis. You do not need to include those dollar signs in the Travis configuration, just put CLOUDFRONT_DISTRIBUTION_ID and not $CLOUDFRONT_DISTRIBUTION_ID in the Travis config, and you'll be golden. This messed me up a little bit.

When it comes time to configure travis, you can just copy their .travis.yml file into your project and it'll work fine.

That's it! Maybe I'll eventually write up a full post on this setup so that I'm not just linking to various tutorials and it can be a full one-stop for beginners to set up Gatsby using GitHub, Travis, and AWS.


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