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If you went on an amazing trip with your friends, probably you have captured all those memorable images on your hard drive. Is there enough space to store all those great images? Or do you have any backup of all those captures just to make sure that you won’t lose them because of hardware problem?
Well, if you have faced these kind problems previously, you should probably change your mind and start using online cloud storage. Do you have any idea what kind of cloud storage would be great for you?
This list of top ten best cloud image storage contains the best place to keep your images with high resolution, encrypted security, including more advanced editing options. Also, you can easily access your images from anywhere and anytime you want.
Cloudinary is one of the best cloud storage for photos with a large community. It works on image management as well as video management. It directly uploads your images from the browser to the cloud with secure API. You can also manually upload the images and resize them, optimize them and lot other options are there.
Cloudinary manages from Organizing to monitoring all the operations and manipulation as well. Image optimization can also be done with URL based API and SDK for easy integration. It delivers all kind of image resolution and pixel density to the user.
It also efficiently maintains synchronization across different networks. There are some plugins available for WordPress. But I would like to suggest you not to use those plugins but do it manually with the help of media link.
PCloud is another best cloud storage for photos that are available since 2013. PCloud provides high storage in low cost with highest encrypted security. Every online cloud storage provides free trial for their subscribers so that user can get an experience of utilization before buying any subscription.
PCloud is also one of those best cloud storage who provides a free trial to the user. With PCloud you will get up to 20GB free space and 1GB for every friend if you refer any. After a free trial, you can go for annual and life plans. If you go for a lifetime then it will give you the discounts for using services for a long period of time.
If you don’t like their service they also have a money back guarantee plan for 10 days. The clients are also available from Linux, MacOS, and Windows if you are setting up on a desktop. You can able to access and sync the images from any device you like to use.
For web clients, you will get to enjoy various tools of Pcloud such as image viewer, editing in just one place. If you are a WordPress user then you can use the Pcloud plugin to backup the image files as well as edit them, format them. You can also get backups from Facebook, Instagram, Dropbox, One drive and Google drive. You can also easily generate a link and share it via Email.
Sync is also one of the best cloud storage which provides easy access, store and shares files and images with the end to end encryption securely. You can also send files to anyone who doesn’t have even an account on Sync.
The other features are the same such as file request, password, protection, notification, and permission, etc. It is available for 30 days free trial before moving to the premium plans.
There is an app is available for Windows, Mac, iOS, Androids, and Web as well. To use your images with WordPress you can create an image link there and send/link it to the WordPress media gallery. Use this guide to know the procedure.
However, on Sync you don’t have to pay for Zero knowledge encryption like Pcloud. For those who always look for high security on images, they will go for Sync.com. But there is a disadvantage of Sync that you cannot preview the images through browsers.
Well, almost all of you have used Google photos for storing your images. It gives unlimited image cloud storage for free and you can access them from any devices. If your mobile device is correctly configured with Google photos then all the images will be stored there as well as the videos automatically.
However, if we talk about privacy then Google photos will keep your images private until you share with others. You can even see images offline when network services are not available with you.
One amazing feature of Google photos is that it can recognize the objects in your image. Whenever you type any keyword that matches your files or images, it will show those images on the top.
It automatically organizes your images according to date so that later you can search for any date you want. Well, there are no other features such as zero-knowledge encryption and client-side encryption like PCloud and Sync.com have.
Like other web-based image servers, you can serve images from Google Drive to your website. If you have a WordPress site you can use the Google Photos Gallery with Shortcodes plugin to fetch and show your images on the website.
It may be possible that individual users do not prefer this online cloud storage because they don’t give the personal plans. The main advantage is that Egnyte Connect gives higher serving speed because it uses Block-level file copying method in which only the changed/modified part of files are synced.
Their plans require a minimum of 5 users if you want to buy a Business plan or Team plans. As it has effective features for working on photos, you can easily preview and sort the photos from your gallery. It also uses Smartvid.io machine algorithms for recognition features similar to Google photos.
From Egnyte connect you can open the photos in Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and also in Adobe In-design. So far if you have a business website related to the image or your business faster serving of images then Egnyte Connect is one of the best options for you. Visit their website and ask for a free trial before getting into the premium plans.
We all want proper Synchronization and affordable plans with excellent features which allow us maximum operations with higher encryption security. Dropbox service is one we would like to choose which is established after the mailbox and drop Carousel.
The features are combined and implemented in service. Along with another file format you can store your images and share them anywhere you want. like Egnyte connects when users make any changes in files, it will only sync the piece of the file which is changed and update it automatically.
Deleted files can be recovered in between 30 days but if you are a Dropbox plus users, recovery time is extended. It has LAN sync features and increased Synchronization speed. The service is expensive but it provides pretty good features than other image cloud storage.
The drawback is, it only gives 2 GB free storage space for free trials which is little low if you don’t have plans to buy a premium plan. Plus plans offer 1 TB of storage for $10 per month. There are plenty of plugins to share Dropbox files with your WordPress but Dropbox Folder Share is one specific plugin that allows users to show images and thumbnails for preview images.
Amazon Photos is free online photo storage to Amazon Prime members, who can save and share unlimited photos on the desktop, mobile, and Fire devices. The Prime members get unlimited photo storage + 5 GB of storage for videos, document, and other files.
The prime member can also invite up to five friends or family members to receive unlimited photo storage and collect photos together in the Family Vault. Amazon Photos is accessible through the following devices:
You can create a shared album with groups, organize them by people, place, and things. Even you can share your images with bigger screen devices like Amazon Fire TV and so on. If someone wants to print any images on a gift card or personalized gifts then it can be easily done with Amazon Photos.
For WordPress users, there is another option to serve your images from Amazon S3. You can also move all the images from your WordPress account to the cloud with Amazon S3.
OneDrive is published by Microsoft. The application is already built in with Windows 10 and Windows 8.1. The user can store and recover deleted files or images until they are purged from OneDrive. It uses Geo locations data for photo services.
You can tag location from the map and people as well when the photo is uploaded.
However, it also uses PhotoDNA scanning tool which keeps the users in control and identifies similar images, videos etc. It has concordance with other web services such as Outlook.com, Windows live groups. From which you can easily store directly to OneDrive and share with your friends.
The drawback is that the folder should be located on NTFS. The service offers 5 GB of free cloud storage for new users. You can access OneDrive on Windows, Mac, Xbox, iOS, and Androids.
WP Media folders plugin allows you to access your OneDrive files directly from WordPress, and add, edit or remove media.
If you are a photo enthusiast or want to make your photography best then 500px is the best option for you. As the service uses algorithm so that views, like, comments are allowed and if you get more plus then your page will get one of the popular pages.
This makes the application more engaging. 500px is one of the best cloud storage that gives direct communication between photographers and clients by putting marketplace feature.
You can also add watermark and license to your photos. You can also preview your photos in various categories such as portrait, landscape etc. The encryption password can be used for security propose also.
To use 500px with WordPress you can use these three plugins. All of them are great, so choose one of them considering your requirements. Here are the WordPress plugins Media Manager Plus, 500px Widget, WP 500px, jsGallery.
Flickr is another popular cloud image storage size of 1 TB which offers free plans to the user. It also offers monthly plans of $5.99 and annual will be of $49.99 with amazing features added to it.
You can easily upload the photo by clicking on upload icon and then you can also make a tag on the photo. As like 500px, Flickr is also not accepting RAW files. You can also use Flickr in Android and iOS.
You can easily share your entire photo stream folder. You can also generate a link and share them via Email. There are lots of plugins available to use flicker photos with WordPress. Install any one you like the most.
Conclusion: As we have mentioned the 10 best cloud storage for WordPress, you can easily choose which cloud storage will be best for you. We have also included the variously available plugins for each in the list of best cloud storage.
You can add any of your choices. It is difficult to find all the functionality into one such as ease of use, speed, security and best value but here I have optimized the options for you from which you can choose, what you want for storing your precious moment captured.
Do share if you have more information about any other good image cloud storage for WordPress. Also, I will definitely look for more updates and if I manage to find one I will update here on this list.
Over the past 10 years I have purchased hundreds of sites. Often these are smaller sites sometimes with some problems that people are looking to sell quickly. For years I have ranked #1 for sell your website fast and have seen lots of interesting deals come across my plate.
Some of the deals have turned out to be amazing while others have been complete failures.
When I recently did an analysis on all the purchases that failed I could group them into 3 categories.
These are now my 3 keys when purchasing sites…
This one has always been hard. Often a site that can’t be sold somewhere else will come to me and will have some odd way of monetizing. It could be a unique affiliate arrangement, hard to track earnings, traffic tracked with something other than GoogleAnalytics, weird Google Analytics setup etc.
This rule is also a catch-all for any time that the numbers are confusing or don’t check out.
When a site has a clean monetization method that I am familiar with (adsense & amazon are ideal) and traffic sources that can be verified (organic traffic with Google analytics) it makes the purchase much simpler/faster.
Case Study: Custom Affiliate Arrangement Cancelled In The First Week
I purchased a site in the tech space that had tutorials that were about 2 years old. A couple of those tutorials were ranking very well and the site was generating about $25/day from one relationship for lead generation. It was also making some earnings from adsense but the revenue per user from the lead generation arrangement was 10x better than adsense.
Lots of things checked out…
But… 1 week after I purchased it I received an email from the business contact for the lead generation company and was informed they no longer saw value in the relationship and were terminating it. I don’t believe any funny business occurred with collusion between the seller and the lead generation company but it certainly hurt! I was able to refocus the site on adsense and bring up the earnings to about 25% of what they were when I purchased the site.
Overall it was an unfortunate event and one of a few where I purchased a site with a monetization strategy I was not very familiar with and the site struggled.
Lots of sites that are declining have sellers that are eager to sell. In terms of the multiple paid to purchase the website they can often look like incredible deals.
So many sites come to me that are declining I have even created a strategy for trying to revive them… Dead Cat Strategy – How to turn around a declining site.
However, what I have often seen is that the inertia of a declining site takes more energy to turn around than it is worth. If the deal is too good to pass up then great but many times I have been lured in from the “cheap” multiple to buy a declining site and been overconfident in the time/energy I will dedicate to turning it around.
Case Study: First Larger Purchase
Early on around 2010 I put in a lot of effort and the most money I had to date to purchase a site. The site was declining but I had grown a site in that niche already and had unique affiliate arrangements which gained me more per commission than the seller was receiving. I thought despite the fact it was declining I would be able to turn it around and instantly give it a lift with improved monetization.
The result was that despite way too much effort to turn it around the site continued to slide. The lift in earnings I was able to achieve was great but all of that lift was quickly eaten up by the continued decline.
I certainly overpaid but the bigger failure in this case was sticking with the site for too long. This and others like it helped me evolve my dead cat strategy…
This one is my favourite because it often brings me in contact with some “crazy” entrepreneurs!
I have had a couple experiences where I purchased a site where the deal came to me because they had been turned away from brokers due to being volatile/rude/crazy! Some of these purchases have been great but I often learn the same lesson over and over.
That lesson is that if the founder is still heavily involved in the business they are often doing something that is generating value you can’t simply plug in an SOP to handle.
Case Study: Welcome to Crazy Town!
There was an ecommerce site generating 20k/month in revenue and everything about the deal was great!
There was one big variable… the founder. She was working tons of hours with it as her full time job and most of the activities I thought were completely inefficient. She was spending her day doing what seemed like inefficient tasks such as directory submission, social bookmarking, misc conferences, calling every customer (valuable but inefficient), TONS and TONS of “research” and only a little content creation.
But what I didn’t fully appreciate was how much that relentless energy and obsessive focus put into the business yielded sales.
We improved a lot of things easily… improved the rankings, improved the site and the conversion rate for organic traffic, email automation, abandoned cart and other site tweaks. All these changes improved the metric we were trying to but overall… sales dropped by 40%!!
How…To a significant extent I didn’t realize how much she was acting as a sales person talking to everyone she could about the site/product wherever she went… grocery store, post office etc.
For me who likes to see all activities in the business fit neatly into an SOP I need to be on the lookout for the founder doing things that don’t scale and can’t be efficiently replaced.
Overall the purchase of this business was still a great one as even though revenue declined it was operated more efficiently and profits went up but… I had hoped for much more.
If you have been busy purchasing sites have you discovered any “rules” you follow? If so please share in the comments.
When I started my online entrepreneurship journey I took a lot of inspiration from others that were sharing everything they did online. Seeing that people like me were making REAL money and that the opportunity to replace my day job was possible.
It has been 3 years since I left my day job and without me creating my own income reports I am not sure if this would have been possible – https://authoritywebsiteincome.com/quit-my-job/
The more transparent and useful the income report the more I appreciated and was motivated by it.
Over the years I have tried to be as transparent as possible sharing along the way my goals, business successes/failures and the ultimate results(profits).
After years of sharing monthly income posts I decided that it made sense to stop these… a decision I actually regret as I wish I had found a way to keep sharing some of what I was doing. My reason was as my online world and “real” worlds became more tangled.
Looking at many of the people that originally had an income round up they have also stopped. Namely the most famous in the space Pat Flynn no longer does income round ups at SmartPassiveIncome.
Today I am going to start a monthly series looking at some of the most inspiring active income reports and what you can learn from them.
I have tried to add ones here that do a great job of providing inspiration to you no matter what stage of the business you are at.
I will cover…
Last Month Profit – $16,736.00
Name – Ron Stefanski
Website – onehourprofessor.com
Business Model – Authority Affiliate Site
Income Report – http://www.onehourprofessor.com/july-2019-monthly-income-report/
Last Month Profit – $6,652
Name – Lidiya
Website – letsreachsuccess.com
Business Model – Blogging
Last Month Profit – $1,392.11 (Niche Site Project 4 Only)
Name – Spencer Haws
Website – NichePursuits.com
Business Model – Authority Affiliate Site
Income Report – https://www.nichepursuits.com/get-ready-niche-site-project-4/
Last Month Profit – $10,145.10
Name – Johnny FD
Website – johnnyfd.com
Business Model – Mixed – Dropshipping & Investing
Last Month Profit – $37,450
Name – Jon Dykstra
Website – fatstacksblog.com
Business Model – Authority Website (display ads)
Income Report – https://fatstacksblog.com/income-report-july-2019/
Although they don’t do exactly income reports there are a few reports that are worth mentioning and when they publish new reports I will be sure to include.
A couple examples of ones I will be sure to cover are…
EmpireFlippers – Quarterly Report
AuthorityHacker – Case Study w Real Numbers
Am I missing any I should include? Please contact me I am missing anything.
Previously we have published an article about the process of setting up an cookie free domain or cookieless domain, where we have mentioned about creating a static version of your website.
If you have read the article already you must known about what is cookies and how it is useful for storing user informations into the browsers.
However, in the other hand cookies can hinder your webpage performance by not delivering static content to the visitors web browsers.
One example of cookieless domain decreasing page performance: detected by gtmetrix
When a browser makes request for static files on your page such as an image, CSS file etc there is no need for it to add cookies with it, which results in sending additional traffic to the server. And additional traffic means more waiting time for the response by the server.
You can try these steps if you think your server response time is not good.
So the advantage of setup a cookieless domain is that you can separate the content that doesn’t require cookies from the content that requires it.
Using cookieless domain will deduct unnecessary network traffic and eventually increase the server response time + the page performance.
There are couple of ways to set up a cookieless domain. You can read all the procedures in this page. However, in this article, I will mention how to set it up manually for WordPress website.
Before starting the process one thing you need to remember that if you set cookies on the top level domain ( yourdomain.com) all the subdomains will also include the cookies in them. Because, as it sets on the primary domain its childs are going to have the DNA for sure.
So in this case, you are recommended to use a separate domain to deliver static content. It’s a better idea if you register a new domain and configure the web server to serve static resources from the new address. You will completely prevent any cookies to be set in the new domain.
Instead, you can also set two different domains. One which includes cookies and one which doesn’t set cookies. In such a case, will set cookies on a www subdomain (www.yourdomain.com) and separately host your static files from another subdomain like (static.yourdomain.com). This static domain will no longer send cookies with your static files of a page.
Read the following procedures to setup a cookieless domain in WordPress.
Go to your cpanel and create a subdomain like static.yourdomain.com. From this subdomain you will serve or host all the static files.
Go to subdomains > make sure you are on the page ” create subdomain” > place “static” on the subdomain box > let domain box stay in default name > click on create.
Now point the newly created subdomain to the “/wp-content” directory of WordPress installation folder.
To do it again go to your subdomains and edit the settings by clicking on the edit icon next to your new static domain.
It will take you to the document root settings where you need to update the root address from “public_html/static” to “public_html/wp-content”.
Go to the file manager using cpanel or ftp client and edit the wp-config file. Make sure the following code is available or added inside the file.
Before taking this step make sure you backup your database in awar to any kind of misconfiguration. Better to practice with demo site before applying in live the version. I do not take any responsibility for further loss of data or website down.
Now you need to run sql query on database table. Go to phpmyadmin > select your wp database > go to SQL tab and paste the following code in the command box.
UPDATE wp_posts SET post_content = REPLACE(post_content,’www.yourwebsite.com/wp-content/’,’static.yourwebsite.com/’)
This will make sure all the post urls are directed to the new subdomain.
Once you setup everything your cookie domain and static domain are ready for action. And the static domain will start delivering static resources without sending unnecessary cookies traffic.
I hope this guide will help you to establish your static site without any additional problems. Make sure you comment down below in case you need any more information.
We all do a website speed test to know our website loading speed and performance score. There are popular tools available like GTmetrix, Pingdom, Page-insight, Bitcatcha, etc. These tools scan our website and point out which things are good and where changes are required.
Here is an example of a report provided by GTmetrix:
As you can see, besides the image problem and loading time most of the test was passed by that specific page. To fix the image problem you can apply this trick.
Now if we go to the ‘Yslow‘ tab next to ‘page-speed‘, you may see a warning that says to use cookie-free domains. Check this image below.
If you are getting this problem for the first time then you should know what is a cookie-free domain? Why should you use cookie-free domains? In case you already know about a cookie-free domain then skip to know “How to setup or use cookie-free domains on your WordPress site! “
Additional reading: Best Pay Per Month Web Hosting In 2019 For WordPress Website
An HTTP cookie is a small piece of data sent from a specific webpage or website. These tiny data are stored on the user’s computer by the user’s web browser when he is browsing.
That’s why they don’t need to accompanied by cookies, as there is no user interaction with these resources. So by configuring a domain that doesn’t set cookies, we can decrease the size of the total request made by visitor’s browser to our server, while trying to download page resources.
The concept behind this strategy is to reduce server latency by reducing the number of requests which can impact a little on your website performance.
You can watch the video to understand it visually.
Additional Resources: How To Make Money Online Through Affiliate Marketing Program In 2019
As you have understood why you should use a cookieless domain, it’s time to know how do we set up one. Setting up a cookie-free domain seems like a hard task but believe me it’s not. All you have to understand the process and do it perfectly.
There are a couple of ways to configure a cookie-free domain. Such as using a separate domain name, set up a CDN and reconfiguring WordPress site. So we will discuss these methods one by and so on.
Here, I will mention the tested methods which worked well for my blog.
In this technique, you will create a completely separate domain name for your website. This separate domain is going to host all the static contents without any cookie command to the browsers. So, first of all, you have to register a domain name.
If you already have then skip to the next step but if you don’t have yet buy a new one. You can also create a sub-domain in case don’t want to buy a new one. If you prefer to use sub-domain, use a static prefix so people can understand by looking at the name. For example: “www.static.rankwp.in“
*Remember: If you use your root domain without www version, like rankwordpress.in then using the subdomain as the cookieless domain will not work.
Again, if you are using Adsense advertisements then cookieless domain warning will always occur because your sub-domain is a part of your root domain and Adsense set cookies for every sub-domain under one verified domain name.
Read this tutorial: set up a cookie-free domain for both WordPress and non-WordPress website.
After creating the cookieless domain, Use your .htaccess file to configure your web server to serve static contents without cookies. Here you have to put that .htacess file into the root folder of your domain. Here’s how to find and edit the .htaccess file Once you find the .htaccess file paste the following code there.
# Use Mod_deflate to compress static files SetOutputFilter DEFLATE # Speed up caching FileETag MTime Size # Expires ExpiresActive On ExpiresDefault "access plus 366 days" # Future Expires Headers Header set Expires "Sat, 27 Dec 2018 23:59:59 GMT"
Using a CDN provider is another good way to solve the cookie-free domain problem. Most of the CDN has the ability to ignore cookies and strip cookies which helps to completely prevent the browsers from receiving the Cookie response header. Since it’s hard to guess which CDN to use.
Just because every CDN has different features and functions so not every CDN is suitable for you to solve the warning to use cookie-free domains. If you are currently using Cloudflare CDN then you need to disable it to disappear the warning to use cookie-free domains.
The reason is that you can’t disable cookies served through CloudFlare CDN. Moreover, they also include their security cookie in your website header. But if you use CloudFlare with a caching plugin, you can change it to another CDN provider to solve the problem.
KeyCDN is the nicest alternative I have ever used with my websites. You can deploy keyCDN to your WordPress site by using a plugin. Just follow the steps below.
On completion of your set up, you should see the improvement in your website test results on gtmetrix.
In this method, you will set up your subdomain’s DNS record as a CNAME pointing to your root domain with the wp-config file. To do that point your subdomain (any) to your /wp-content directory simply by editing your wp-config.php file. Add the following codes into your wp-config file.
define("WP_CONTENT_URL", "https://static.domain.com"); define("COOKIE_DOMAIN", "domain.com");
* don’t forget to replace your domain URL and domain name inside the code. Example: https://static.google.com
One more alternate method is to use a WP plugin called WP2static. You can easily install the plugin from the WordPress repository.
After installing the plugin activate it. Now go to the WP dashboard and select wp2static from the left bar menu. Configure the settings inside the “Deploy static website” tab. See the image below.
Once the export process is done, visit the URL that you have set during the configuration. (https://yourdomain.com/static). Now check that URL in GTmetix. The warning to use cookie-free domains won’t be displayed inside the report.
Using these cool tricks you can get around of that annoying cookieless domain warning on gtmetrix or Pingdom. In the comment box please share is this article helpful for you or not. Also, do share with your friends if these tricks work well with you.