Wednesday, July 10, 2019

AWS - redirecting domain to url using a 302 redirect (without running a server)

I wanted to make a domain name (heckingoodboys.com) redirect to a multisubreddit for dog pictures, but I didn't want to run a web server for it.

Here's what I did:
  1. Purchase the domain using Route53.
  2. Create two public s3 buckets (www.heckingoodboys.com and heckingoodboys.com)
  3. Enable "Static website hosting" on www.heckingoodboys.com and redirect to heckingoodboys.com.
  4. Enable "Static website hosting" on heckingoodboys.com, select "use this bucket to host this website", and use routing rules similar to this:
    <RoutingRules>
      <RoutingRule>
        <Redirect>
          <Protocol>https</Protocol>
          <HostName>www.reddit.com</HostName>
          <HttpRedirectCode>302</HttpRedirectCode>
          <ReplaceKeyPrefixWith>user/heckingoodboys/m/heckingoodboys/</ReplaceKeyPrefixWith>
        </Redirect>
      </RoutingRule>
    </RoutingRules>
  5. Back to Route53 - Create an A record for both www.heckingoodboys.com and heckingoodboys.com using the alias to their respective buckets. (this will be the first option in autocomplete)
For more details: https://medium.com/@P_Lessing/single-page-apps-on-aws-part-1-hosting-a-website-on-s3-3c9871f126

Why not just use a CNAME from www.heckingoodboys.com to heckingoodboys.com? AWS says they don't charge for aliases, but they do charge for CNAMEs. So, I used an alias to a bucket instead.

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