Yesterday, we set up WP Super Cache to speed up our site, which is a great step. We can go further though and setup a way to cheaply host items in multiple places around the world, closer to those looking for it. This can speed up delivery, especially large items like photos.
Amazon (purveyor of everything from books to bookshelves), also have a pair of web services which we will set up now. The services do cost (s3 pricing, cloudfront pricing), but we’re talking about site being a couple of pence per year on top of normal hosting!
Due to my experience with setting up these accounts, I suggest you sign up for both of these first before attempting any of the other work involved. Be prepared to wait a few hours for your account to be setup (they email you when it’s ready).
Amazon Simple Storage Service – S3
phillprice-com-images, so you can’t choose the same name.
http://s3.amazonaws.com/phillprice-com-images, but we won’t be using it.
Make everything publicand click
Add more metadata,set the
Expiresand the value to something in the future. For instance
Sun, 01 Jan 2012 20:00:00 GMTand click
Tomorrow we’ll get the files actually in use from Cloudfront, the actual CDN. It may take some time for it to work, so it would be best to Sign up for Cloudfront today. See you tomorrow.