This is the last part of a four-part blog post covering my move from WordPress to Hugo, a static website generator. This post outlines some of the benefits from moving to a static website and to Amazon AWS.
If you haven’t read the first three parts, you may find them at Moving to a Static Website, part 1: From WordPress to Hugo, Moving to a Static Website, part 2: Hosting and Moving to a Static Website, part 3: Automated deployment with Wercker.
Speed is considered by many as the #1 principle for successful web apps.
A content delivery network (CDN) is a collection of web servers distributed across multiple locations to deliver content more efficiently to users. The server selected for delivering content to a specific user is typically based on a measure of network proximity. For example, the server with the fewest network hops or the server with the quickest response time is chosen.
The following images illustrate the latency benefits from using CloudFront (Amazon’s CDN):
A free benefit of moving to Amazon AWS is the ability to very easily generate SSL/TLS certificates to add support for HTTPS.