Amazon S3 is a popular solution for inexpensive video hosting. The only problem is Amazon S3 is not AT ALL easy to use. In fact, even my webmaster balked and he is way more technical than me. Plus, Amazon S3 is real bare bones, you do not get anything but cheap storage space.
To effectively use Amazon S3, it is absolutely essential for you to have some way of interfacing with it and something to give you the player software and other extras to make it function online. EZS3 provides exactly what you need.
EZS3 is an in-the-cloud service so you have nothing to download. They keep improving it too, so in that sense, I feel like it’s absolutely better than buying a software package that is never upgraded. Using EZS3 is drag and drop simple.
I first recommended EZS3 about a year and a half ago. Since then, I have only grown more impressed with their service. I am happy to have such fantastic products within my niche to recommend. If you need reliable, inexpensive hosting that you have complete control over, then an Amazon S3 account is right for you. To go with it, get EZS3. You can now get a free account that of course does not have all the bells and whistles of a paid account, but it will get you started. For Free!
Below is the first post I ever wrote about EZS3.
To include a video on your website, you need to have it hosted somewhere. Many people have turned to You Tube for hosting, since it is free. FREE! Can’t beat that with a stick.
Well, maybe you can.
People are starting to balk about hosting their videos on You Tube since doing so gets you stuck to the You Tube player and the poor quality You Tube resolution. Some video “gurus” are even claiming that if you rely on You Tube to host your videos then you look like a rank amateur.
So what is the alternative? Pay a fortune for bandwidth and clog your hosting service with gigantic video files?
No need to do that.
Amazon.com has added file hosting to their Amazon Web Services. They call it S3, or Amazon S3. The S3 stands for
Amazon S3 has such low prices for storage and bandwidth that they are able to compete with FREE and have become the video file hosting of choice for many businesses and individuals. Amazon S3 is currently the most popular solution for large bandwidth operations. It’s free to sign up. You only pay for the bandwidth and storage space you actually use, and those rates are rock bottom.
There’s only one problem. Amazon’s definition of “simple” is probably not the same as yours.
It’s inexpensive for sure, but honestly, not that simple. Unless you know multiple computer languages, you will find Amazon S3 terribly confusing.
Darn, I knew there had to be a catch!
Fortunately, it did not take long for someone to see the need and fill it.
EZS3.com is a service that links to your S3 account and gives you a TRULY simple way of uploading and managing files.
I would hesitate to use my S3 account without EZS3. It makes that much difference.
An EZS3 account gives you the ability to easily upload and download files with just one click and a drag and drop mechanism. (It looked just like a standard FTP layout) You can also easily create folders and move files around. EZS3 works “in the cloud” you do not have to have any special software on your computer.
EZS3 also lets you easily create customized players and wrappers for your videos, which is totally cool and helps you get a standout unique look.
Only want to let certain select people view your videos? EZS3 allows you complete control over access, which is essential for video marketing. If you click the cool little graphic below, you can go check out EZS3 for yourself!
Analytics are part of the package too. EZS3 gives you the ability to track your video views and see who is embedding your video.
EZS3 lives up to its name E-Z! Easy baby!
Part of what makes it easy is the design, EZS3 is clean, simple and intuitive. It really is. I am NOT particularly technical and often have a big learning curve with stuff people claim is EASY. (So either I am a moron or they are lying. There’s a conundrum for you.) But this really IS easy; I was uploading stuff within five minutes of signing up.
Another plus for the “yes it’s easy” column is the many well made, easy-to-understand tutorials they have scattered about. The narrator’s accent was a bit heavy but this Southern gal understood. (My voice is accent-free. NOT!)
So if you are looking for a new hosting solution outside of You Tube, you need to not only get an amazon S3 account, but you need to sign up for EZS3 as well. They even help you sign up for the S3 if you don’t already have one.
So go check it out! Anything to make life easier. EZS3, something you really CAN’T beat with a stick!
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