Config CloudFront For Static Web

Published on April 2023.

This guide will help you configure CloudFront to serve your static website content with SSL support 🔒. This can be necessary if you need to secure your website with HTTPS. We will cover the following steps:

  1. Creating an SSL certificate 📜
  2. Creating a CloudFront distribution 🌏
  3. Updating Route 53 records 🚦


You should have an existing S3 bucket that serves your static website files.

Step 1: Create an SSL certificate 📜

  1. Navigate to the AWS Certificate Manager (ACM) and click on “Request a certificate” ➕.
  2. Select “Request a public certificate” and click “Request a certificate”.
  3. Enter your domain name (e.g., and any subdomains you want to cover (e.g., 🔗. Click “Next” ▶️.
  4. Choose “DNS validation” ✅ and click “Review” 🔍.
  5. Review your settings and click “Confirm and request” ⚡.
  6. Follow the instructions provided by AWS to validate your domain through DNS 🌐.

Step 2: Create a CloudFront distribution 🌏

  1. Navigate to the AWS CloudFront console and click on “Create Distribution” ➕.
  2. Under the “Web” section, click “Get Started” 🚀.
  3. For the “Origin Domain Name,” select your S3 bucket that serves your static website files 🗄️. If prompted to use the website endpoint, click on it 👍.
  4. Change the “Viewer Protocol Policy” to “Redirect HTTP to HTTPS”.
  5. Leave the “Allowed HTTP Methods” as the default value since this is for a static website 🌐.
  6. In the “Alternate Domain Names (CNAMEs)” field, add your domain name (e.g., and any subdomains you want to cover (e.g., 🔗. If your SSL certificate covers both, you can add both.
  7. Under “SSL Certificate,” select “Custom SSL Certificate” and choose the SSL certificate you created in step 1 🔒.
  8. Click “Create Distribution” ✅.

Step 3: Update Route 53 records 🚦

  1. Navigate to the AWS Route 53 console.
  2. In the “Hosted zones” section, click on the domain name you want to update 🔗.
  3. Locate the existing A record for your main domain (e.g., and click “Edit” ✏️.
  4. Change the “Alias” option to “Yes” and select the CloudFront distribution you created in step 2 🌐.
  5. Click “Save Record Set” 💾.
  6. Create a new A record for your subdomain (e.g., and set the “Alias” option to “Yes” 👍. Select the same CloudFront distribution created in step 2 🌐.
  7. Click “Create Record Set” ✅.

Now, your static website should be served through CloudFront with SSL support 🔒. Your content will be securely delivered over HTTPS, and users will be redirected from HTTP to HTTPS automatically 💫.