There is a great write-up of what I consider a "standard" setup of a single-page app hosted on AWS: S3 Static Sites. It includes

  • Deployment to S3
  • SSL certificate via ACM
  • Distribution via CloudFront
  • DNS configuration in Route53

The site we are working on, however, is set up for a customer who does not use Route53. How do I tell them to configure the DNS records? It should be waterproof, so I want to check here with experiences from other users.


  • Cloudfront domain name: d12ab345cd6ef.cloudfront.net
  • S3 bucket: spa.example.com

Is it just a CNAME record?

spa.example.com. CNAME d12ab345cd6ef.cloudfront.net

Does that work? Is there an instance where this does not work? The setup does not use a naked domain.

Going through the domains set up with an A record and the Alias flag on Route53 pointing to the CloudFormation distribution, as described in the article linked above (section Route53), I see the following

$ dig working.foo.com
working.foo.com. 28 IN  A
working.foo.com. 28 IN  A
working.foo.com. 28 IN  A
working.foo.com. 28 IN  A
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    Yes, a CNAME will work, as long as you've put that domain/subdomain in the CloudFront distribution's settings so AWS knows where to point it.
    – ceejayoz
    Jul 12, 2018 at 16:44
  • @ceejayoz Great. Thank you! Could put this in an answer and I can remove this answer part from my question? This would make it easier for someone else to extract that information?
    – Kariem
    Jul 12, 2018 at 16:48

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For a subdomain like spa.example.com, a CNAME is all you need. Set up the record, then tell CloudFront about it in the distribution's settings, and you're good to go.

For an apex domain, Route 53 makes things a lot easier (via ALIAS records), but some other DNS providers (off the top of my head: DNSMadeEasy and CloudFlare) offer a similar thing that'll work fine with CloudFront.

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