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Amazon Route 53 vs Netlify: What are the differences?

Developers describe Amazon Route 53 as "A highly available and scalable Domain Name System (DNS) web service". Amazon Route 53 is designed to give developers and businesses an extremely reliable and cost effective way to route end users to Internet applications by translating human readable names like www.example.com into the numeric IP addresses like 192.0.2.1 that computers use to connect to each other. Route 53 effectively connects user requests to infrastructure running in Amazon Web Services (AWS) – such as an Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instance, an Amazon Elastic Load Balancer, or an Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) bucket – and can also be used to route users to infrastructure outside of AWS. On the other hand, Netlify is detailed as "Build, deploy and host your static site or app with a drag and drop interface and automatic delpoys from GitHub or Bitbucket". Netlify is smart enough to process your site and make sure all assets gets optimized and served with perfect caching-headers from a cookie-less domain. We make sure your HTML is served straight from our CDN edge nodes without any round-trip to our backend servers and are the only ones to give you instant cache invalidation when you push a new deploy. Netlify is also the only static hosting service with integrated continuous deployment.

Amazon Route 53 belongs to "DNS Management" category of the tech stack, while Netlify can be primarily classified under "Static Web Hosting".

Some of the features offered by Amazon Route 53 are:

  • Highly Available and Reliable – Route 53 is built using AWS’s highly available and reliable infrastructure. The distributed nature of our DNS servers helps ensure a consistent ability to route your end users to your application. Route 53 is designed to provide the level of dependability required by important applications. Amazon Route 53 is backed by the Amazon Route 53 Service Level Agreement.
  • Scalable – Route 53 is designed to automatically scale to handle very large query volumes without any intervention from you.
  • Designed for use with other Amazon Web Services – Route 53 is designed to work well with other AWS features and offerings. You can use Route 53 to map domain names to your Amazon EC2 instances, Amazon S3 buckets, Amazon CloudFront distributions, and other AWS resources. By using the AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) service with Route 53, you get fine grained control over who can update your DNS data. You can use Route 53 to map your zone apex (example.com versus www.example.com) to your Elastic Load Balancing instance or Amazon S3 website bucket using a feature called Alias record.

On the other hand, Netlify provides the following key features:

  • Global Network
  • Global Network
  • Instant Cache Validation

"High-availability" is the primary reason why developers consider Amazon Route 53 over the competitors, whereas "Fastest static hosting and continuous deployments" was stated as the key factor in picking Netlify.

According to the StackShare community, Amazon Route 53 has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1396 company stacks & 470 developers stacks; compared to Netlify, which is listed in 86 company stacks and 98 developer stacks.

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What is Amazon Route 53?

Amazon Route 53 is designed to give developers and businesses an extremely reliable and cost effective way to route end users to Internet applications by translating human readable names like www.example.com into the numeric IP addresses like 192.0.2.1 that computers use to connect to each other. Route 53 effectively connects user requests to infrastructure running in Amazon Web Services (AWS) – such as an Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instance, an Amazon Elastic Load Balancer, or an Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) bucket – and can also be used to route users to infrastructure outside of AWS.

What is Netlify?

Netlify is smart enough to process your site and make sure all assets gets optimized and served with perfect caching-headers from a cookie-less domain. We make sure your HTML is served straight from our CDN edge nodes without any round-trip to our backend servers and are the only ones to give you instant cache invalidation when you push a new deploy. Netlify is also the only static hosting service with integrated continuous deployment.
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What are some alternatives to Amazon Route 53 and Netlify?
GoDaddy
Go Daddy makes registering Domain Names fast, simple, and affordable
Google Cloud DNS
Use Google's infrastructure for production quality, high volume DNS serving. Your users will have reliable, low-latency access to Google's infrastructure from anywhere in the world using our network of Anycast name servers.
CloudFlare
Cloudflare speeds up and protects millions of websites, APIs, SaaS services, and other properties connected to the Internet.
Google Domains
It is a domain registration service which includes top website builders. The privacy is included at no additional cost. It also includes simple domain management tools.
Amazon S3
Amazon Simple Storage Service provides a fully redundant data storage infrastructure for storing and retrieving any amount of data, at any time, from anywhere on the web
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Decisions about Amazon Route 53 and Netlify
Justin Dorfman
Justin Dorfman
Developer Evangelist at StackShare · | 4 upvotes · 29.4K views
Fastly
Fastly
Grunt
Grunt
jQuery
jQuery
Bootstrap
Bootstrap
Jekyll
Jekyll
Let's Encrypt
Let's Encrypt
Netlify
Netlify
GitHub Pages
GitHub Pages
MaxCDN
MaxCDN
#Webperf
#StaticSiteGenerators
#GoogleFonts
#CDN

When my SSL cert MaxCDN was expiring on my personal site I decided it was a good time to revamp some things. Since GitHub Services is depreciated I can no longer have #CDN cache purges automated among other things. So I decided on the following: GitHub Pages, Netlify, Let's Encrypt and Jekyll. Staying the same was Bootstrap, jQuery, Grunt & #GoogleFonts.

What's awesome about GitHub Pages is that it has a #CDN (Fastly) built-in and anytime you push to master, it purges the cache instantaneously without you have to do anything special. Netlify is magic, I highly recommend it to anyone using #StaticSiteGenerators.

For the most part, everything went smoothly. The only things I had issues with were the following:

  • If you want to point www to GitHub Pages you need to rename the repo to www
  • If you edit something in the _config.yml you need to restart bundle exec jekyll s or changes won't show
  • I had to disable the Grunt htmlmin module. I replaced it with Jekyll layout that compresses HTML for #webperf

Last but certainly not least, I made a donation to Let's Encrypt. If you use their service consider doing it too: https://letsencrypt.org/donate/

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Osamah Aldoaiss
Osamah Aldoaiss
UI Engineer | Maker at Triad Apparel Inc. · | 12 upvotes · 8.6K views
atTriad Apparel Inc.Triad Apparel Inc.
GitHub
GitHub
Netlify
Netlify

I use Netlify for all of my projects for the ease of setup and the huge Developer Experience they offer. From Netlify CLI, to the newly announced Netlify Analytics, we have no issues with Netlify and scaling is possible to a certain degree. We connect Netlify with our GitHub Repos and let all branches build to get a Preview. Also we connected our Domain with ease to it and were able to have the page be shown on our domain.

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Reviews of Amazon Route 53 and Netlify
Review ofNetlifyNetlify

To start off, check this out: https://perfwars.com/netlify.com/vs/godaddy.com/

If you are new to Netlify, it will take you less than 5 minutes to get your site up and running, 3 minutes if you are fast. To get started simply go here: https://app.netlify.com/

Choose one of the following options to sign up: GitHub, BitBucket, GitLab, or you can use your email address.

If you sign up with your email address, it will ask you to enter a 4 digit verification code that they sent to your email address.

Once signed in, you will be shown a quick intro:

  1. SIMPLY PUSH TO DEPLOY
  2. FREE ONE-CLICK HTTPS
  3. NEVER HAVE TO LEAVE TERMINAL

These are three huge benefits of Netlify over most other hosting platforms.

OK, now that you have signed up and gone through the highlights, you need just select new site. From there you can either link a Git repository or just drag and drop your site folder into the browser window. Your site will be uploaded and available for browsing within a minute or so.

Once your site is on Netlify, you can setup a custom domain by selected the settings tab, if you are not already there, then click edit next to domain. Simply put your domain in, save and then follow instructions on Netlify's documentation page on how to set up your DNS: https://www.netlify.com/docs/custom-domains

So easy! You are done setting up your site! Now for making changes and adding features. You no longer have to do crazy manual set ups to get SSL installed on your site, with Netlify even my grandma could do it! You can still use your own certificate if you prefer, but if you wanted it even easier, all you have to do is select "Lets Encrypt Certificate" from the SSL tab on your site in Netlify.

When you select "Lets Encrypt Certificate", Netlify shows a dialog entitled "Automatic TLS Setup" and asks you to ensure that your DNS is set up properly before you provision the certificate. This is important, and it will be fine so long as you set up your DNS properly according to their custom domains documentation that I shared earlier. All you need to do here is click save. The SSL will start to work shortly and all http URLs will automatically be redirected to https! And the best part is, it is free!

Recap of the setup process: 1. Sign up and verify your account 2. Link repository or drag and drop site folder 3. Change domain and setup DNS 4. True One-click SSL 5. Upgrade your site for more awesome features (Optional)

That's it! You are done! Takes less than 5 minutes!

Before I came across Netlify, I would often use drag and drop web builders because the complication of managing servers and setting up configurations to handle forms and SSL were too complicated. With Netlify however, all you need to do for form handling is to put in a little call out to Netlify to say, hey, this is a form I want you to handle. It is so easy! You already know how easy it is to set up SSL now too. I now have no fears in launching a site, setting up form handling and SSL.

If you are interested in setting up the form handling, you can go here: https://www.netlify.com/docs/form-handling

Netlify also has amazing and simple documentation. I have never had a problem figuring something out. If ever I have had a question, I have found a resolution with in 1-2 minutes in their documentation. They have thought of everything!

My favorite tools in Netlify are the notifications! You can set up your form handling to automatically notify you via email or even Slack. I love Slack too by the way, and being able to get updates about my deployments or form handling via Slack is a huge plus.

The notification integrations are my favorite, however, I still cannot get over how easy it is to set up SSL and form handling. They are by far the most useful features for me. Another very useful feature is being able to see a history of your builds and having the ability to restore to a previous build or download it. I have been unable to find any of these features in their simplicity anywhere else. Netlify is literally the easiest to use, most reliable and overall best hosting platform out there.

One more mention, the founder of Netlify is involved in the JAMStack Revolution. Here is a quick blurb from their site (Looks Awesome!):

JAM stands for JavaScript, APIs and Markup. It's the fastest growing stack for building websites and apps: no more servers, host all your front-end on a CDN and use APIs for any moving parts.

Learn more about JAMStack here: https://jamstack.org https://github.com/jamstack/jamstack.org

How developers use Amazon Route 53 and Netlify
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ioi0 uses NetlifyNetlify

Serves the main site through CDN. Provides super easy password protection and third-level domain for staging. Uses web hooks from Contentful and Github to know when to trigger new build and update the site. Perfect.

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Volkan Özçelik uses Amazon Route 53Amazon Route 53

Since most of zerotoherojs.com infrastructure is on AWS, Route53 is the obvious DNS of choice.

I’m also considering CloudFlare, but haven’t decided the pros and cons of migrating yet.

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MassTimes uses NetlifyNetlify

Netlify makes it super-easy for various team members to deploy whenever there's a push to our Git master branch. Automatic build, deployment, and setup on CDN.

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Goyoboard uses Amazon Route 53Amazon Route 53

We utilize it as main DNS for fron-tend servers, Dynamic DNS for internal VPCS and simple signal flag storage for autoscaled instances

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Promethean TV uses Amazon Route 53Amazon Route 53

PrometheanTV utilizes the Amazon Route 53 service to manage various domains utilized by the products and services.

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GitDocs uses NetlifyNetlify

It's free and has so many features - just perfect for open-source projects like GitDocs.

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Bùi Thanh uses Amazon Route 53Amazon Route 53
  • DNS registration.
  • DNS routing for private/local in VPC.
  • DNS HA/Load balancing.
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Aquarius Logics uses Amazon Route 53Amazon Route 53

Amazon AWS Domain Name Services. The logical choice for AWS hosted web sites.

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Loog uses NetlifyNetlify

We use Netlify to host all of our Hugo sites with continuous deployment.

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doodledudes uses NetlifyNetlify

Super easy to setup to have your prototypes deployed with CI.

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