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On 1/30/2020 at 12:16 AM, bfarber said:

(frankly I have no idea)

Sometimes I wonder if Amazon does either. 🤣 Anyway, this subject intrigued me enough to have a look at our usage for the first time in a while.

We are a CiC site and use S3 for storing attachments and gallery images and our latest invoice shows 70Gb of storage. The total cost is USD13/month. That breaks down to roughly $2 tax, $2 for storage and $8 for bandwidth (data in and out of S3)

So storage is very cheap and bandwidth is very slightly higher. I probably wouldn't recommend putting high traffic data such as user profile images on there but for us, moving the bulky images and gallery onto S3 has been a life saver.  Depending on your site traffic and what your host charges for storage and bandwidth then you may well save money using it.

There has been a lot of discussion and several Help Guides about S3 so a search for "amazon s3" (including the quotes) will provide more information. I did taht many times when setting up our S3 and it all went smoothly.

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