We’ve now released a WordPress multi-cloud backup plug-in which can be downloaded at the WordPress Plug-ins directory. This add-in enables you to backup your WordPress Blog tables to your primary supported backup cloud. We currently support Amazon S3, Mosso Cloud Files, MobileMe, Box.net, GMail-as-a-Cloud, Email-as-a-Cloud, FTP-as-a-Cloud, Microsoft Live SkyDrive, and any WebDav enabled cloud.
SMEStorage functions as an abstraction that enables you to work with any of these clouds. Your files remain stored on your cloud provider and the value we bring is that we build a sophisticated file system with additional cloud services on top of your current cloud storage provider. This is exposed using our multi-cloud API, and enables us to bring value added services, such as the WordPress multi-cloud Backup Plug-In.
Once you have registered for a SMEStorage account (and there are many free plans) all you do is install the plug-in, go to Tools->Backup from WordPress Admin, enter your SMEStorage log-in details, ensure the plug-in is set to backup to SMEStorage rather than to email or file, and click ‘Backup’. The Backup will then run and your Backup can be found in the root node, “All Files” in your SMEStorage Cloud File System.
Today we have added beta support for another storage cloud, Microsoft Live SkyDrive. This now makes over 10 clouds that we support:
Amazon S3, RackSpace CloudFiles, Box.net, MobileMe, FTP-as-a-Cloud, Gmail-as-a-Cloud, Email-as-a-Cloud, WebDav, Google Docs, and Evernote.
Microsoft Live SkyDrive provides support for a whopping 25 GB of Storage. To access it you need a Microsoft Live ID for authentication.
If you use Microsoft LiveSkyDrive via SMEStorage, SkyDrive continues to host your files and SMEStorage syncs the meta information about the file and you are able to access, upload and work with your files through our variety of clients ,which include an Iphone client, iGoogle, Facebook, Firefox, Windows suite of tools, MS Office Plug-Ins, and Open Office plug-ins.
If you sign-up to our life-time cloud package you get access up to 10 clouds which you can use together and manage your files in a cloud-enabled file system that displays on which cloud your files are stored. Any files or folders that you upload directly from SMEStorage are uploaded directly to your primary cloud provider, which you can change either using My Account->Cloud Providers or via the windows tooling.
The first independent release of the SMEStorage file Manager is now released and available for download on the OpenOffice.org extension site.
The extension enables you to open and save files directly to/from your primary SMEStorage cloud, be that Amazon S3, Gmail-as-a-Cloud, Email-as-a-Cloud, FTP-as-a-Cloud, Box.net, MobileMe, Mosso CloudFiles, WebDav Cloud, and now MIcrosoft Live SkyDrive also ( next post).
Once installed you will see a new SMEStorage toolbar which you can then use to open and save documents to your cloud of choice.
The extension currently works only for OpenOffice on windows but if enough people request it, we will also enable it to work on other OS’s also.
A SMEStorage account is required to use the plug-in.
You can view a video demo of the Plug-In on YouTube.
One of the most requested features from users was to support Google Apps email accounts for file storage as we do with GMail. To that end we have upgraded our base Gmail provider so that it provides support for storing files on Google Apps on email as it also does with normal email accounts.
It’s is very easy to sign up and start using this:
1. Register at SMEStorage
2. When you have registered, login and enter the Gmail account username and password you wish to use
3. Choose whether to save the username and password or enter it each time you use SMEStorage on a session basis.
4. You can now upload files through SMEStorage to Gmail. At this point you can choose to encrypt the files using a private encyrption key that only know (it is not save).
5. You can see these file in SMEStorage with a ‘G’ to designate they are stored on Google
6. If you now click on the file you can download it, get a unique url for it, or, as this is an image file, you can choose to view it, or edit it with Picnik. If the file was an MP3, you chould choose to stream it and listen to it from the browser, or if was an office file you could choose to view or edit it via Zoho online office. You can also decide to make the file a ‘public file’ which will result in the file being able to shared via RSS or Facebook, or you can set workflow rules against the file.
6. If you login to you email account you will see the file
7. If you view the individual email you will see file details. The filename becomes a subject in the email so it makese files easy to locate if you are using GMail search tools.
We continue to add new features to the platform, often at the request of users, and the newest is the ability to share files that have been set to public over RSS feeds. For quite a while now user have had the ability to share public files. An example of such a feed can be found here. This is the RSS feed for these public files which are shared via Amazon S3.
RSS for files supporta all the Clouds SMEStorage supports i.e. Amazon S3, RackSpace Cloud Files, MobileMe, Box.net, Gmail, Email, FTP, Evernote, Google Docs, and any WebDav enabled cloud.
If a user clicks on a the links of the RSS item in the feed, the file will be downloaded.
RSS links are in the format:
The order can be ‘last’ or ‘popular’
For Example .
If a user or tag is ‘*’ then any user/tag is used (no filter with user/tag)
Also the link can be truncated if default values are used. For Example:
This shows all the latest files
This shows the the same as the previous example
This show the most popular files of all users
The shows the popular user files of a user called ‘TestUser’
This show the last files of a user called ‘Testuser’ with tag mp3
The default values are: order – last, limit – 100, user – * (all users), tag – * (no filter with tag)
Cool things you can do ? Well you could store all your files in your GMail account and then give access to them over an RSS Feed. Alternatively, if you are a company you could have an RSS link at the bottom of your email signature that gives access to white papers or product documentation for download. Or how about displaying the files you want to be available for download on your WordPress or Joomla CMS using the RSS plug-in’s they provide. If you come up with a unique use, let us know !
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