What is Amazon CloudFront?

What is Amazon CloudFront

Amazon CloudFront is a web-based service that gets the distribution of your static and dynamic web content delivered to your users super fast! CloudFront delivers your content through a worldwide network of data centers called edge locations. If a user requests content that is supported by CloudFront, they are routed to the edge location that provides the least time delay, so content is delivered with the best possible performance.


  • Global, Growing Content Delivery Network – The CloudFront content delivery network is built on the expanding global AWS infrastructure that currently includes 54 Availability Zones within 18 geographic regions.
  • Secure Content at the Edge – All CloudFront customers benefit from the automatic protections of AWS Shield Standard, at no additional cost.
  • Programmable CDN – You can easily run your code across AWS locations worldwide, allowing you to respond to your end users with the lowest latency.
  • High Performance – The CloudFront content delivery network is optimized for low latency and high data transfer speeds.
  • Deep Integration with Key AWS Services – Amazon CloudFront is deeply integrated with and optimized to work with popular AWS services including Amazon S3 and Amazon EC2.

Main Features:

  • Control Panel
  • Origin Pull
  • GZIP Compression
  • HTTP/2 Protocol
  • Raw Access Logs
  • Online signup
  • Custom CNAMEs
  • Shared SSL Certificates
  • Origin Push
  • Custom Rule
  • Shared SSL Certificates
  • Wildcard SSL Certificates

Common Use Cases for CloudFront:

  • Deliver content to end users with lower latency.
  • You can use Amazon CloudFront to deliver all of your content, including the dynamic portions of your site that change for each end-user.

Here at 729 as Amazon Partners we use CloudFront whenever we can to improve the performance of websites that use static assets like images, CSS, or javascript. We commonly use CloudFront with WordPress websites, with a plugin that copies content media files to S3/CloudFront and pulls the content from there instead of using the server’s storage.

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