Storing photos & Media files on remote server?

  • Bob
    Bob
    Newbie 41 points
    August 26, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    I have a large database and am in the process of moving my site to a VPS web server. But disk space on VPS is very expensive. Premium Press used to have a field where we could store photos and other media files in a different location.

    Is that still possible?

    I’d like to keep my wordpress, mysql, and PPress files on the VPS but store the media/photo files on an unlimited shared server.

    Any advice would be appreciated.

  • Clive
    Clive
    Super Guru 1,818 points
    August 26, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    Just use any plugin which has a CDN (Content Delivery network) facility built in – for example, W3 Total Cache: https://wordpress.org/plugins/w3-total-cache/

    You can then host your files using say Amazon S3 (as I do) or one of these other CDNs:

    MaxCDN
    EdgeCast / MediaTemple ProCDN
    Amazon Cloudfront
    Rackspace Cloud Files
    Limelight Networks
    Akamai

    Costs vary a little, but all of them are surprisingly cheap (Amazon S3 only costs me a few bucks a month)

    HTH,

    C 🙂

  • Adnan
    Adnan
    Elite Member 542 points
    August 27, 2015 at 7:26 am

    If you use Akamai, Amozon Cloudfront etc. they will additionally replicate your data between all datacenters in the world. If you have international visitors, this would speed up your site for non-local visitors.

    There are also some AWS plugins for wordpress if you consider using S3, but as Clive suggested, Caching Plugins will also do the work.

  • Bob
    Bob
    Newbie 41 points
    September 1, 2015 at 4:42 am

    Thanks for the advice.

    How would I use W3 to store media files in directory theme, for instance?

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