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Amazon S3 Pricing Calculator

By Ravi Jayagopal | S3MediaVault

AWS S3 & CloudFront Video Hosting  Fees Calculator

Check out the calculator below that we've created (embedded, live Google Sheet).

It is meant to give you a rough estimate about video hosting costs, both in terms of storage as well as usage. There are some tiny additional charges that have been left out in order to make the calculations a bit simpler. But it's not going to be far too different from what is shown in the calculator.

Pricing Calculator Embedded Google Sheet

Download the Google Sheet Calculator here: S3 & CloudFront Video Hosting Price Calculator. You won't be able to edit it directly on Google Sheets website, but you can download a copy, and then modify it to match your own numbers from your membership site or online course.


That should give you a pretty good idea as to what your own video hosting costs will be.

Also check out this more detailed article about How To Reduce S3 and CloudFront Video Hosting Costs.

How To Reduce S3 and CloudFront Video Hosting Costs

By Ravi Jayagopal | S3MediaVault

How To Reduce S3 Video Hosting Costs

If you're read the article How and Why to use Amazon S3 to Deliver Audio, Video and PDF on your WordPress website, you already know that using S3 to securely deliver members-only content is the best option for you as a course creator or membership site owner.

But because of Amazon Web Services's (AWS) pricing structure, it can be pretty confusing and complicated to figure out how much your AWS bill is going to be (S3, CloudFront, storage, usage, encoding, etc.).

And that's why we've created a spreadsheet (further below) that can will you a rough idea of what to expect in video hosting costs.

Here are some tips on how to reduce video hosting costs:

1) Use Streaming Videos (Instead of Standard Videos)

Very little bandwidth is wasted with Streaming videos, because the video is downloaded only as far as your members/viewers continue to watch them. But with Standard videos, even if they watch for a few seconds, the entire video is fully downloaded to their browser.

E.g., you have a 10-minute long video that is 50 MB in size. If you deliver it as Streaming video, and your member only watches 2 minutes, then only 2 minutes worth of video is delivered. So, AWS will only charge you for 2 minutes worth of data transfer.

However, if you deliver the same video as a Standard video (which is also secure, by the way), then as soon as the viewer hits play, the video starts downloading to the user's browser (temp folder). So whether they watch 5 seconds or 5 minutes, the entire 10-minute video is downloaded to their browser (even if they hit pause after watching just 5 seconds and never watch the rest of the video).

S3 vs. YouTube vs. Vimeo

By Ravi Jayagopal | S3MediaVault

"Where to store my premium Videos, Audio and PDFs so that they are not stolen?"

If you are an Online Course Creator or Digital Creator and wish to protect different types of media files, and have wondered whether to use YouTube, Vimeo or even your own web host to store media files, then this article will show you exactly why you need to use Amazon S3 and use S3MediaVault plugin to securely store and deliver premium content to your buyers and members in your membership site or online course.

YouTube: Only videos. No audio (unless you turn the mp3 into mp4). No PDFs. Not secure. But Free.
Vimeo: Only videos. No audio. No PDFs. Mostly Secure (downloadable). Not Free. Expensive.
S3: Any file - Videos, Audio, PDFs, Zip, XLS, etc. Super Secure. Super Cheap.
Let's break it down by feature.

YouTube for Public Videos

Some of the types of videos published on a website are:

  • Sales videos
  • Content Marketing videos
  • Live videos
  • Tutorial and How-to videos

These could be Public (anyone who visits a public page on your website can see it) or Private (members-only videos that are reserved for members or buyers who have registered for free or have paid for your online course (one-time or subscription).

Podcasting with WordPress: The Do’s and Don’ts of Creating and Hosting Your Podcast Feed and Audio

By Ravi Jayagopal | S3MediaVault

What you need to know about creating and hosting your own Podcast Feed using WordPress and web host.

  • What does it mean to host your podcast on WordPress?
  • Should you host your podcast feed on your own website?
  • How to create the Podcast RSS feed?
  • What about the audio files? Where should you host it?

That's what I discuss in this post, which you can also listen to, using the audio player above.

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