Press3 is a service offered by Pagely that allows you to automatically offload your static assets to your own personal (non-Pagely) Amazon S3 bucket. This allows you to have a lower footprint on your Pagely VPS account while still retaining your library of images or other static assets.
If you have a site with a large number of static assets, Press3 is a great solution for you.
How Does Press3 Work?
Press3 works by automatically uploading your assets to your S3 bucket when they reach a certain age. For example, if you have images from old posts that might not get a lot of traffic but still need to remain intact for historical purposes, Press3 is a way to maintain them while saving precious storage space.
When a page is visited, the server will check to see if the image already exists locally. If not, Press3 will then check for it within your S3 bucket and load it from there. Of course, if subsequent users then visit that same page that is loading the images from Press3, the images are still cached locally and on PressCDN to ensure the fastest speeds possible.
To start using Press3, you'll need to meet the following requirements:
- Your WordPress app must be in NGINX-Only mode.
- You will need to have your own (non-Pagely) Amazon S3 bucket located in the same region as your site.
Getting started with Press3 is as simple as setting up an S3 bucket with a security policy, then providing our support team with your bucket details.
Automatically Setting Up Your S3 Bucket Using Our CloudFormation Template (Recommended)
The best option for setting up your Amazon S3 bucket for using with Press3 is by using our CloudFormation template. This template will automatically create an S3 bucket, as well as the required user and security policy.
To learn more, take a look at our article on setting up an S3 bucket with Pagely's CloudFormation template.
Manually Setting Up Your Amazon S3 Bucket (Advanced)
- First, you'll need to create an Amazon S3 bucket to be used with Press3.
- Next, you'll need to define a security policy for the newly created S3 bucket.
- After your user is created, the user still needs to be given access to the S3 bucket. To create an access policy, see our article on creating an AWS IAM user policy.
- For Press3 to access your Amazon S3 bucket, a user will be required. To learn more about creating an S3 user, see our article on creating an AWS IAM user.
Once you have an S3 bucket and AWS IAM user created/configured, contact our support team to have Press3 set up for you. When submitting your request, be sure to include the following information:
- The access key and secret for your AWS IAM user.
- The name of your S3 bucket.