A Guide To Storing Property Media In Amazon S3

8th March 2017

As properties come on and off the market it doesn’t take long for a server to start filling up with old media from properties which are no longer available. In this post we’ll look at an alternative, cheaper, method to storing this diskspace-hungry property media.

The rate at which a full server can become an issue is dependant on a few factors such as how many properties you have on the market, as well as how big the media is that’s being uploaded. An agent uploading bloated 10MB PDFs is obviously going to use more server space quicker than an agent that uploads compressed 400k PDFs. That being said, it’s inevitable that as time passes, server space and efficiency will come into question.

Fortunately it’s easy to get a solution in place by using a cloud storage solution such as Amazon S3. Their AWS S3 service provides ridiculously cheap and scalable storage. On top of that it couldn’t be easier to get setup.

We’ve found a fantastic WordPress plugin called ‘S3 Uploads‘ from the guys over at Human Made which takes care of everything for you. You just need to do a bit of configuration and away you go. We tried it here and managed to get up and running in just a few minutes.

Simply head over to the plugin’s Github page where you can download the plugin and view everything you need to know to get this up and running.