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Updated on 16 November 2016
I really love to use CloudBerry Explorer to manage my S3 Amazon files. For Windows, this is the best application I have come across so far. It’s versatile, efficient to use and it has all the whistles and bells you need. The interface is clear, it feels like you know it already when you open it the first time. I actually started out with S3 Browser and although it isn’t bad, CloudBerry does a better job.
S3Media Stream™ for WordPress or Joomla
S3Media Stream™ empowers you to quickly and easily setup video and audio on your site. Whether you’re a novice or an advanced media professional, S3Media Stream helps you stream video and audio with options beyond your imagination. The advantage of streaming is that visitors can jump anywhere in the media without waiting for download and it also adds a layer of protection against theft, thanks to the private streaming option.
Simple and powerful, thanks to the easy-to-use Wizards combined with S3 Amazon and CloudFront. And you can make money in a variety of ways! If you have a membership site or want to show videos to a select public, this plugin is it!
Read all about it here: www.wp21century.com/
There is a Joomla version as well: www.footprintaddons.com
PowerDirector Ultra 12 – Video editor
PowerDirector Ultra is a low cost video editor which is quite easy to use. Notwithstanding the low pricing, it is a good alternative for those who are not acquainted with video editing yet, because the learning curve is much lower than the professional packages like Adobe Premiere or FinalCut Pro. The software comes bundled with effects, transitions, an audio editor and an embedded subtitle editor.
PowerDirector won many awards and it is excellent to create video tutorials, presentation videos and home movies.
Read the review here or click the image to buy.
JW Player – Responsive HTML5 player
I absolutely find this the top video player to embed video and audio on the web. YouTube even bought it in the early days to use in their portal and that is how this player became an industry standard. It is created by Jeroen Wijering from Longtail Video (renamed to JW Player) and more then 5 million users are happy with it. I use it as the underlying technology for the S3Media Stream for Joomla and WordPress. The list of things this player can do is endless. It supports HSL adaptive streaming, MPEG-DASH, MP4, Webm, MP3, M4a, Vorbis, AAC.
License fees start as low as $5/month
GreenGeek Hosting is a new service in my toolbox. It doesn’t mean they are new by any means, but I discovered them not so long ago and they definitely replace my old playmate Dreamhost, because the servers are more reliable and faster. GreenGeeks Hosting also has an impressive amount of one-click install applications on board. Finally, they use cPanel, which is widely used all over the world, so when you learn how to work with this easy to manage panel, it may be useful when you ever decide to switch to a dedicated server.
Read all about it here or click the image to order.
Siteground is well known for its security measures, especially for WordPress, Joomla and Drupal. The support is very good and like GreenGeeks hosting, it has Cpanel and one click install applications. I moved a lot of sites to Siteground because they take measures to prevent hacking, even with older versions of Joomla.
Read all about it here or click the image.
Royalty free music libraries
List of music libraries (no affiliate links here):