Amazon Web Services (AWS) is synonymous with cloud computing.
One of the most popular services that AWS offers is called Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3), which provides fast, highly-scalable, and low cost cloud hosting.
Some of Amazon S3's features include a remote API or web-based interface, the option of making your files private or public facing, setting object expirations to automatically delete files older than a specified amount of days, hosting your files in a specific region of the world, and even the option of automatically encrypting your files with AES-256.
In order to upload files to Amazon S3, you first need to create a bucket. The same way that a physical bucket can hold water, Amazon S3 buckets hold files and directories inside of them.
Read this guide and learn how you can setup your own Amazon S3 bucket.
Log into AWS
Log into your AWS account. If you don't already have a AWS account, create one now.
Go to S3 Configuration Panel
After you've logged in, on the top navigation menubar click the Services link
From the drop-down list, select S3 which is located within the Storage section
Create a Bucket
Once you're on the S3 configuration panel page, click the Create bucket button
You will now be prompted to create a unique name for your bucket and select the region it will be hosted in.
It's recommended that you keep the default option of not granting public read access, as otherwise anyone with your bucket name will be able to view your files.
After reviewing that your bucket's settings are correct, click the Create bucket button.
Congratulations! You'll now see your newly created bucket in the bucket list.
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