Step One: Move Static Content to S3 Cloud Computing

The first and easiest step is to move all your static content—images, CSS, JavaScript files, etc.—to Amazon S3. The simplest way to do it is just a drop more complicated than if you were to create a Z drive with Gladinet.

Using CloudFront
Amazon CloudFront has a simple Web services interface that lets you get started in minutes. In Amazon CloudFront, your objects are organized into distributions. A distribution specifies the location of the original version of your objects. A distribution has a unique domain name that you can use to reference your objects through the network of edge locations. If you wish, you can also map your own domain name (e.g., to your distribution. You can create distributions to either download your content using the HTTP or HTTPS protocols, or stream your content using the RTMP protocol.

Amazon CloudFront employs a network of edge locations that cache copies of popular files close to users on the Internet. CloudFront ensures that end-user requests are served by the closest edge location. As a result, requests travel shorter distances to request objects, improving performance.
To use Amazon CloudFront, you:

  • Store the original versions of your files in an Amazon S3 bucket
  • Create a distribution to register that bucket with Amazon Cloud- Front through a simple API call
  • Use your distribution’s domain name in your Web pages, media player, or application. When end users request an object using this domain name, they are automatically routed to the nearest edge location for high performance delivery of your content
  • Pay only for the data transfer and requests that you actually use

Other Tools for Moving Content to S3
There are many tools for loading your static content into S3. For computers running the free Firefox browser (Windows, Mac )S X, and Linux), perhaps the easiest is a free Firefox add-in called S3Fox. The AWS Management Console also includes support for Amazon S3. It runs in any browser.

Using Amazon S3 with Firefox S3Fox

  1. S3Fox is a plugin for the Firefox browser
  2. Next, download and install the S3Fox plugin.
  3. Have your Access Key ID and Secret Access Key ready.

S3 Access Credentials.

S3 Access Credentials

Launching the S3 Organizer.

Launching the S3 Organizer.

Launch S3Fox Organizer

  1. In Firefox, go to Tools and select S3 Organizer
  2. Enter your S3 credentials.
  3. Enter a self-explanatory Account Name, your Access Key and Secret Key (click Show to see the secret key). Click Add.

Entering S3 Credentials into the S3Fox Organizer.

Entering S3 Credentials into the S3Fox Organizer.

Get Connected, Create First Bucket
Once you’ve entered the correct information, you’ll be brought to your account which is blank, by default

S3Fox Organizer Main Screen.

S3Fox Organizer Main Screen.

On the left side of S3Fox Organizer will be your local machine folders, and the Amazon S3 “buckets” will be on the right.

Right-click Create Directory Anything created on the root level will be buckets. All files and folders will be stored/organized under buckets.

Create Directory in an S3 Bucket.

Create Directory in an S3 Bucket.

Create Folders, Upload Static Content
Double-click in your bucket and create a folder. Inside the folder, upload your content by dragging from the right-hand pane. By default, anything uploaded to your Amazon S3 account will not be accessible by public.

A Pro Version is also available and it adds additional features, including compression, security, search, and FTP support.

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