In our class today for members, I am going to walk you through the key steps in using S3 and CloudFront to deliver your rich media files in RapidWeaver (in my example today we are using video)
Now , I have been using S3 ever since it was first launched a couple of years ago in addition to the more recent CloudFront service. The initial videos we delivered when starting SupportCasts were delivered over S3. However, we now use a commercial CDN offering too but our image storage is handled by S3 for all those who want to know.
Whilst I will not go into the boring details of signing up , if you have an Amazon.com account you are almost there as these are extra add-on services. What I will show you is the following:
- S3 setup with the AWS management console
- bucket creation
- File permissions
- configuring CloudFront
- using the media file in RapidWeaver.
After going through the initial setup, using S3 is a breeze and you will find it is a useful addition to compliment your web hosting which may not be so hot in delivering rich media in other words not great bandwidth throughput and general scalability which is always a problem with shared hosting. Not unless you running your own VPS ;)
Brace yourself for a nice 18 minutes of geeky fun, mistakes and all, and let us know what you think about delivering your videos over CloudFront/S3 (c’mon folks it was a rainy Sunday afternoon here).
Have fun and remember this lesson is only available for 6 and 12 month memberships.