When creating an Alexa Skill 1 of the first decisions you must make is whether you are going to host the skill on Amazon’s AWS service or on your own hosting or servers.
Below are some of the pros and cons of each method.
|Amazon AWS||HTTPs (self Hosted)|
* any language your server supports providing it can output JSON.
Dependent upon access to the server:
*service is rarely down . Status Page
|Reliant on the host.|
*you pay for the storage and requests
|Potential slow deployment.|
|Security||AWS automatically validates requests.||You are responsible for validating requests.|
|Fixed rate per request and per MB stored. Credits can be claimed to help cover the costs (or even wipe them out)*||Flat monthly rate regardless of traffic or storage apart from penalties if exceeding limits.|
* Amazon recently gave a $100 coupon to each developer to help pay for fees. Once this runs out you can apply for more providing the fees are directly for the skill. Click here to find more information.
As you can see Amazon AWS has many advantages over HTTPS so you may wonder why you would ever host a skill yourself.
One great benefit of self hosting a skill is the ability to use any language that your server supports therefore using a language that you are most comfortable with. If you manage your own server you have a much greater flexibility in configuring the server.
Ideally however where possible hosting the skill on Amazon’s AWS service would generally be a better fit and even potentially be free to deploy for skills that attract minimal requests.