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I love the Cloudfront approach described here: http://www.paessler.com/blog/2011/04/12/network-monitoring-basics/hosting_a_website_through_amazon_cloudfront

I wonder if this is possible to do with caching plugins that create static html files?

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It depends what you mean, entirely on Cloudfront.

Cloudfront is a CDN only. It can't run any server side scripting environments (PHP or MySQL), it therefore isn't possible to host a wordpress site entirely with Cloudfront.

You could alternatively use Cloudfront to host your images to improve speed. The closest way to host a wordpress site entirely on Cloudfront is to use ‘Origin Pull’.

It is relatively easy to setup (see this article), but still requires a backend server (therefore not offer a saving on cost).

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I was thinking that if I used caching to produce HTML files for each page then these could be origin pulled and served from Cloudfront. Essentially making the origin a back up to the static version of the site on Cloudfront. –  jnthnclrk Aug 1 '12 at 11:19
    
@trnsfrmr If you setup the caching and then create an origin pull, it will be pulling the cached pages. Is this what you want? –  John Wheal Aug 1 '12 at 11:27
    
Yes, exactly. In terms of shear performance, it should be great. –  jnthnclrk Aug 1 '12 at 11:33

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