Tools to Utilize Amazon S3 for your Digital Media

By Ian Fernando

Two days ago, I decided to get an account with Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service). I decided to get it because I have videos and audio that I want to start streaming to my landing pages, product sales page, optins, etc. So I figured I can utilize the cheap bandwidth of Amazon to my advantage.

While I spent almost half my day just looking and reading about Amazon S3, I found some good platforms that makes like easy. When I first signed up, which basically synced with my Amazon Associate account, I was up and ready to utilize S3. The problem is that the dashboard and FAQs is hella confusing.

So I was just all over Google looking for some tutorials and tips to help me move utilizing S3.

I found a great FF plugin called S3Fox - it made my life easier. I simply just entered my information and I was transferring files fairly quickly. It replicates an FTP client within your FireFox browser.

This little plugin helped me get started with Amazon S3. I easily uploaded my videos and audio and change the public properties and I was already streaming the content on my site. Its amazing.

Another script I found were...

  1. Automatic WordPress Backup
  2. Amazon S3 for WordPress

These are 2 plugins for WordPress that backsup and uses S3 to store any type of media, images, videos, audio, etc. The backup plugin allows you to back up your entire wordpress site on S3, so you have a backup on your server and with Amazon. So if your server goes down you know Amazon is always up.

So since I am doing a lot more online marketing, I need to have a reliable video source for private members and just to stream audio. I do not want the amount of traffic streaming 1 video to be slow and lag the rest of my sites. So this is a great alternative in managing my digital media.

...prior to this... I was looking at Rackspace Cloud. I always want to do something different from everyone else. So I was looking at Rackspace due to the fact their cloud can run scripts, I was hoping to add my prosper on their cloud.

While cloud is still in its beginning states to just provide rapid content, most can not run scripts or have the ability to run comprehensive scripts. I would like to put my prosper202 on a cloud instead of using my server. Other than that I am very satisfied with S3.

If it wasn't for some of the Google searches I would have been lost. There are just a couple question I could not find, but I should be able to find the answer to them soon.

Ian Fernando
Involved in the internet space since 2002 and have been through the ups and downs of this online industry. I am a traveling digital nomad, media buyer, online strategist, and many more online titles.

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