Route53 & CloudFront


  • Register or transfer a domain with Route53
  • Deploy an app with Architect and make note of the staging and production URLs

Step 1: setup SSL certificates with AWS Certificate Manager

In this step we will request a certificate from Amazon for our domain.

  • Open up AWS Certificate Manager in the AWS Console in us-east-1 (region is required!)
  • Click Request a certificate and then Request a public certificate
  • Ensure and * for sub domains to work
  • Choose DNS validation and click Next
  • Add any tags and confirm the request
  • Expand the domain and click Create record in Route53 button
  • Verify CNAME record created in Route53 console Hosted zone

Step 2: setup CloudFront

Generate a CloudFront distribution with the certificate from step 1.

  • Sign into AWS CloudFront in the AWS Console
  • Click Create Distribution and then click Get Started
  • Enter the URL from API Gateway in Origin Domain Name
  • Set Origin Protocol Policy to Match Viewer
  • Set Viewer Protocol Policy to Redirect HTTP to HTTPS
  • Set Compress Objects Automatically to Yes
  • Enter the domain alias in Alternate Domain Names (which you will configure in step 3)
  • Set SSL Certificate to Custom SSL Certificate and select the cert from step 1
  • Click Create Distribution

Step 3: configure the domain Alias in AWS Route53

  • Sign into AWS Route53 in the AWS Console
  • Navigate to the Hosted zone for the domain
  • Click Create record
  • Enter the Record name
  • Record type is A and toggle Alias checkbox on
  • Select Alias to CloudFront
  • Select the region
  • Select the CloudFront distribution domain (should be the same value as the domain generated in Step 2)
  • Click Create records


Now we’re done! You can check to see if your domains are online with this DNS Checker tool.