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March 27, 2008

Scalable static hosting, with stats!

Many of you will know that I've been advocating S3 for static hosting of images and whatnot for personal use since, well, at least last year. S3 provides unlimited space, unlimited bandwidth, cheap, continuously scaling service. Despite that, turns out, many people don't want to do this for two reasons:

  1. It's tricky to do
  2. You lose track of how people are using your images

Well, I can't promise it's trivial, though the S3Firefox plugin is my current favorite for quickly posting files.

As for the second, there's now an easy solution, for a measly $2/mo. S3stat generates Webalizer stats for you against your S3 log data, letting you now, easily, also keep track of your site's static S3 usage. S3stat will even let you try the service for 30 days free, so you can test out the reports before you have to pay. Or, for even less, review the service to get in on the cheap bastard plan.