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S3 for Dynamic Websites

S3 Standard offers high durability, availability, and performance object storage for frequently accessed data. Because it delivers low latency and high throughput, S3 Standard is appropriate for a wide variety of use cases, including cloud applications, dynamic websites, content distribution, mobile and gaming applications, and big data analytics.

Why do they say about dynamic websites?

Carlos Amador

It has to be taken in context. S3 can be used to host a static website – they even provide the option to enable a static web site. S3 is mainly used for storage and in this use it can be used to hold data "that is used for a dynamic site" – it doesn’t say to host a dynamic site. Hopefully that clarifies the difference and explains why the say dynamic websites.

Serge K

makes sense 🙂

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You can use Amazon S3 to host a static website. On a static website, individual webpages include static content. They might also contain client-side scripts.

By contrast, a dynamic website relies on server-side processing, including server-side scripts such as PHP, JSP, or ASP.NET. Amazon S3 does not support server-side scripting, but AWS has other resources for hosting dynamic websites. To learn more about website hosting on AWS, see Web Hosting.

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That doesn’t explain why Amazon uses the term "dynamic website" in this case.

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