It’s been over a decade since I touched a static website. After Amazon announced website endpoint support for S3, I wanted to give it a try since the benefits are pretty appealing.
A static website eliminates the databases and serverside code execution.
Hosting a static site on Amazon S3 eliminates supporting the web server, load balancing, caching, etc.
By switching from a common cms system such as WordPress, your most likely to gain a lot of speed and lower the possibility of security vulnerabilities.
The tools I used to create a full featured static blog:
Cyrax generates the static site (python / Jinja2 templates)
Flickr for photo hosting (could do this with S3, but I like the iPhoto integration with Flickr)
Disqus handles the user commenting system
Google Analytics takes care of traffic analysis
In the end, I am sticking with WordPress for T3CH.com. For simpler blogs, I’d definitely consider using Cyrax.