You’ve likely heard the term “Cloud Storage” being bandied about lately. That’s a mouthful and many people don’t know what it means. Well, let’s get to the bottom of things.
Cloud storage basically uses the internet as a storage place. It uses the same technology that we have in our desktop computers for storage. So, how does this relate to WordPress?
In order to use Cloud Storage, you need to install WordPress on your server. The installation will allow you to upload and use the files on your site from any computer connected to the internet. There is no special software needed. All you need is a computer that has an active internet connection.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with Cloud Storage, it works like this. Your web host stores all your content and you access it through your website from anywhere. So, if you want to edit a post from your laptop at home, all you need to do is log into your hosting account at your hosting company.
There are several different types of Cloud Storage. They work in a similar fashion as regular websites use the file system. They’re all backed up at different locations. You can have the content on your hard drive or on the cloud.
Contents are protected by firewalls. To protect yourself, you need to change your firewall settings so that it doesn’t log all traffic. Do this by going to control panel, selecting the “firewall”, then the “services” tab and turning off the “access to contents” option. The last step is to change the username for your Cloud Storage folder to something more secure so that nobody can read your contents without your knowledge.
WithCloud Storage you can store anything from photographs to video to files. It’s more efficient than a regular file server. Why?
Because Cloud Storage works on the internet. This makes it much more efficient because there are many more users than a file server. You don’t have to pay extra money to have multiple machines dedicated to a file server. This is why most businesses that use Cloud Storage go over a gigabyte.
Now, the important parts of Cloud Storage. The three major types are Local Area Network (LAN), Public Area Network (LAN/WAN) and Cloud Storage (also known as Private Cloud).
The Local Area Network is when all the content is on one machine. It’s typically used for blogs. Then there’s Public Area Network (LAN/WAN) which is like a shared internet connection. Like LAN/WAN, you will want to change your firewall settings so that it doesn’t log all traffic.
Cloud Storage is like you being able to put anything on your blog. It’s managed on the internet. Your host stores it for you and they will provide you with access to it from anywhere. If you’re logged into your hosting account, all you need to do is to click the link and you can browse from any computer connected to the internet.
That’s the big difference between Cloud Storage and regular storage. It makes a lot of sense.