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Updated on 27 December 2019
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.
Read all abou it here: https://www.cloudberrylab.com/explorer.aspx
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.
Get a license here.
Videojs – Open source video/audio player
No license fees, freedom to do with the player what you want. Many plugins available. It is a little harder to set up than JW Player but once it works, it’s a great player with many free options, incuding support for AWS KMS encryption, VAST advertising (if that is your thing), all for free.
More info: videojs.com
My dear old friend DreamHost. I’m using this hosting provider to test my websites for over 11 years now. It has its own panel which has much improved over the years. There was a period when I wasn’t too happy with the speed of the server but is improved a lot as well (as far as shared hosting goes). They added support for CloudFlare and a host of other speed improving options.
Support is very good and it has a one-click install applications section including blockbusters like WordPress, Joomla, Drupal etc.
Miracle Tutorials gives you a onetime $50 discount on your first DreamHost account.
Read all about it here or click the image.
GreenGeek Hosting is the Green energy hosting service in my toolbox. It is very much like DreamHost in features and performance, except that GreenGeeks has a 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. GreenGeeks boast a “300% powered by renewable energy“,which sounds a bit strange since 100% is in principle all you have, but there you go. Renewable energy is important, so you may want to take this in consideration when you choose your hosting provider.
Read all about it here or click the image to order.
Royalty free music libraries
List of music libraries (no affiliate links here):