We considered setting this site up in AWS. It would have been an interesting exercise that would have produced a useful resource, and give us some practical experience doing something in AWS. But as we thought about it, we realized that publish.illinois.edu (PIE) is already an established and solid service, we’d get the job done faster with PIE, and we wouldn’t have to build, run, update, manage and pay for the EC2 instances. AWS is a great tool, but it’s not necessarily the best solution for everything. We needed a web site, not IaaS, so we chose PIE.