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Recently my external hard drive died on me, and I had lost valuable content. I wished I had backed them up. I’m sure you all have thought about it and say to yourself “I will backup my files over the weekend”. But you always forget or you don’t have the time…. And so before you know it, your machine / external hard drive eventually gives up on you when you need it the most.

I found a solution called SpiderOak, an online storage system. I was recommended by a friend who has clock up 50gb of free online storage. Yes, believe it! 50gb baby! FREE! How you may question yourself… well its by recommendation. For every referral your receive, yourself and the referrer will receive 1gb. So to help you start off click here or scan QR code below to get your extra gigabyte. Initially if you signup from SpiderOak site you will get 2gb.

Setting up is straight forward, you first sign you and follow the on screen setup and download their small app and you are on your way. With SpiderOak you can chose what you want to backup, you can even drill down to a specific file. Once you have chosen your files/folder this can be schedule to sync as frequently as you want, on the fly, weekly or monthly.

Other features are syncing files to each of your machines and sharing files and documents like Dropbox. The only difference between these clouded storage systems, SpiderOak encrypts all your files, not even SpiderOak themselves know what you have uploaded to their cloud. Only you can see files on your computers or mobile devices. I personally think this is the way forward if you want to backup files and want the security as well, try SpiderOak!

Please also see review from Cloudwards

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There are a few ways to optimise your hosted WordPress sites, for example using ‘Quick Cache’ or ‘Mimify’ plugins and many more which will help increase your site performance.

But how about your images? Your WordPress site images can slow down your site if you have lots stored on hosted server. Well I have come up with an quick and easy solution using Dropbox as your CDN. Serving your ‘uploads’ folder from Dropbox ‘Public’ folder. This way helping reduce your upload bandwidth BIG time!

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This is how:

1. Install Dropbox app on your web server, it does not matter which setup you have Linux, windows etc. But you will get the idea what we’re doing here.

2. Next Cut or Move ‘uploads’ folder (/wp-content/uploads) to your Dropbox ‘Public’ folder (/Public/website-name/uploads)

3.Here is the clever bit… Create a ‘symlink’ from your (/Public/website-name/uploads) to your WordPress (/wp-content/uploads)

Linux command line Example:

$ cd /var/www/html/your-wordpress-folder/wp-content/

$ ln -s /Dropbox/Public/website-name/uploads uploads

For Windows you will need to install ‘Link Shell Extension‘. Once installed, creating a symlink is pretty straight forward.

4. Next go to your Dropbox account online and navigate to your ‘Public’ folder and highlight any file. On the right hand side there is a small downward arrow. Click on it and select ‘copy public Link’

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5. Now login in to your WordPress admin and go to ‘Settings’ > ‘Media’ and scroll down to ‘Uploads Files’.

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Now paste your dropbox public link to ‘Full URL path to files’ box field, with the right path… for example:

‘http://dl.dropbox.com/u/9721300/website-name/uploads’

6. And finally hit save and you’re done. You may need to clear your site cache and eventually all image paths should point Dropbox CDN. From now on creating a new post, all images will sync and served from Dropbox.

Enjoy! I hope this has helped speed up your site.

Here is my iPhone / iPad app of the week…

Goes to ‘Bambuser’. Bambuser is a live streaming app, which will show your event footage to the world in realtime! There is of cause a couple of second delay, but your audience wont know the difference.

The app is straight forward, you can choose to save video on to your iPhone or iPad whilst broadcasting or just broadcast and upload to your channel which, will save storage space.

Check it out, and it’s free!

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