Configure a secure custom domain in CloudFront

A five-minute walk through to demonstrate how to configure a custom domain in CloudFront, set up a certificate and configure Route 53.

David Sugden


CloudFront is Amazon’s low-latency Content Delivery Network (CDN). Using a CDN speeds up the distribution of content to visitors by serving content from edge locations that are closest to the user.

Delivering content from Amazon S3 using CloudFront edge locations

At the time of writing, Amazon has 216 Points of Presence (205 Edge Locations and 11 Regional Edge Caches) in 84 cities across 42 countries.

When you set up your CloudFront distribution, straight out of the box with the default settings you will have your own domain.

(that is assuming you have already configured CloudFront in front of an S3 bucket that holds your static web content, but if not check out this guide on serving static content from S3 using CloudFront and come back)