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Amazon Simple Storage Service is simple web services interface that you can use to store and retrieve any amount of data, at any time, from anywhere on the web.
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"Amazon S3 is storage for the Internet. It is designed to make web-scale computing easier for developers. With a few clicks in the AWS Management Console, you can create a file system that stores and distributes your content." (Amazon, 2013)In short, Amazon Simple Storage Service or S3 is a storage service that provides web services for storing and retrieving any amount of data at any time. It is an object storage service that allows us to store anything from images to audio files.(TutorialsPoint, n.d.)Webflow is a tool for building HTML5 websites. It is a drag and drop website builder and was launched in October 2011 by Brad Frost, Nick La, and Chris Parmer. The team worked together on the project at Apple before leaving to start Webflow.Webflow allows designers to quickly create mobile responsive websites without writing any code. It also integrates with social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.(Webflow, 2014)
If you're on the fence about whether to use Webflow or not, check out this video from the founder of Webflow. He talks about the benefits of using Webflow over other drag-and-drop website builders. I personally found it interesting to know that there are other website builders out there that have similar features to Webflow.Webflow was able to integrate Amazon S3 into their drag-and-drop website builder through what they call "the Generate feature." This feature allows users to upload all of their images and then automatically convert those images into a format that Webflow can use. The ability to save images directly from Amazon S3 into Webflow saves a lot of time from having to manually download and convert images. Instead, you can just upload them straight from you bucket!Webflow also has direct integration with CloudFlare. It automatically configures your DNS settings so that you do not have to do it manually. CloudFlare is a free service that helps improve page load speed by acting as a proxy between your website and your visitors' computers. It also helps protect your site from malicious attacks such as DDoS attacks.Webflow makes it easy for users to link their Amazon S3 account with their Webflow website. Whenever a user wants to add an image to their website, he or she can select "Upload Image" from the menu bar and then choose either from my computer or from Amazon S3. Once that is done, the image will be added to their website and will be hosted on Amazon S3.Webflow also allows users to use custom domains with their websites. It gives users the option of integrating their domain with their existing Amazon S3 account or creating a new one just for their domain. This is especially useful if you want to have your own domain rather than using an amazonaws.com domain name.Webflow's integration with Amazon S3 gives users more options when hosting their websites on Amazon S3. They get more functionality out of the service if they are already using Webflow or they get incentive to switch over from another drag-and-drop website builder if they aren't already using one.
There are many benefits of using Amazon S3 and Webflow together including:More space - You can store unlimited amount of space on Amazon S3 for $0.15/GB/month which in my opinion is much cheaper than other cloud storage services such as Dropbox. More functionality - Using Webflow's "Generate" feature saves me a lot of time since I don't have to go through the trouble of converting all my images manually. I'm able to upload them directly from Amazon S3 into Webflow where I can then place them wherever I want on my website. No code needed - If you are someone who does not know how to code but still wants to build a website, then Webflow is definitely for you! It gets rid of all the coding that's necessary when making a website so you can just focus on designing your website instead. Free CloudFlare - Although I use CloudFlare with my website now, it's helpful to know that I can integrate it with my existing Amazon S3 account if I ever decide to switch over from Webflow in the future (this is if CloudFlare continues to be free. Many options - Since you can either integrate your existing Amazon S3 account or create a new one just for your domain name, you get more flexibility in terms of which plan you want to use with your domain name. You can choose between the pay-as-you-go plan or the free Glacier storage plan (1GB/month free transfer.CloudFlare offers many advantages for both big businesses and personal websites:Protection - It protects your business from DDoS attacks by acting as a buffer between your visitors' computers and your server. It also blocks malicious bots before they reach your server so your website does not get attacked as often as it used to be before CloudFlare was implemented. Performance - It improves page load speed by acting as a proxy between visitors' computers and your server so all communication is encrypted through SSL/TLS. This helps reduce bandwidth usage by serving cached files rather than transferring raw data over the internet. Flexibility - It allows you to serve static files through CloudFlare's CDN rather than hosting those files yourself on your server or on Amazon S3/CloudFront (if you decide to host them yourself. This reduces the number of requests sent to your server which results in faster load times for your visitors' computers. Flexibility - You have more control over what's going on with your traffic since it shows detailed analytics about how people are interacting with your website in real time. This way, you know what pages people are visiting and what ones they are ignoring; therefore, you can adjust accordingly based on what you see in those analytics reports.CloudFlare offers multiple levels of protection depending on how much you pay each month:Basic Protection - This plan costs $20/month and offers basic protection against harmful bots, attackers, etc... In addition, it helps speed up your site by acting as a proxy between your visitor's computer and your server so that all communication between them is encrypted through SSL/TLS; therefore, reducing bandwidth usage by serving cached files rather than transferring raw data over the internet. Pro Protection - This plan costs $200/month and offers additional features such as advanced web application firewall protection, distributed denial of service (DDoS. attack mitigation, etc… Enterprise Protection - This plan costs $30,000/month and offers even more protection against DDoS attacks including network scrubbing centers located all around the world along with 24x7 security operations center monitoring, automatic failover, etc…CloudFlare also has networks available for individuals who want privacy on the internet along with free SSL certificates:
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