A cloud storage is a service allows information or data to be remotely stored, maintained, managed, and synced for easy retrieving – perfect for tucking away all those AWESOME selfies and instagram pics 🙂
Cloud storage is a growing necessity for businesses and personal needs like having a 2nd bank account!
Having a personal clouds are needed due to technological advancements and peoples desire to store and access data in a place they can retrieve easily. Who doesn’t want an easy button.
Through simple steps, I am going to share with you in this blog post, an exciting and easy way to own your cloud…as if to say… “I AM THOR, SON OF ODIN!” (in Chris Hemsworth’s voice)
you can manage your documents, pictures, videos, contacts, calendar, and other important information through your own cloud. You don’t have to rely on the big cloud companies – you can make your own cloud in like 10 minutes flat (once you know what you’re doing)!
You can set your cloud server at home, virtual private servers, or even public providers.
You can take the knowledge in this blog, and the book I recommend (for step-by-step instructions) on Amazon and make a legit side or main business out of setting up personal clouds for small businesses.
What exactly will you need to create your own cloud or to make one for a small business and charge them for it?
To create a cloud you will need:
- a hosting account
- a domain (preferably a new one and a little knowledge of how to navigate through C-panel)
- MySQL or SQL lite dashboards
- The Application mentioned in my book
If you want to create your own cloud storage but have no experience using hosting or domains, don’t worry, I will guide you through the process to ensure you get your personal cloud up and running…so let’s go!
Downloading and Installation
To create your own cloud, you will need to start by downloading the setup software using the application mentioned in this book on Amazon (Cloudburst: How To Create Your Own Dropbox) which we will install in our newly obtained hosting account.
The advantage of using a new domain to create your own cloud is that it is less restrictive on which directory to put your cloud on, and also you can reset it if something goes off during the installation process, without losing your existing content.
You will have to download the cloud software from the web installer tab, which gives you access to a setup.php file that you download on your computer to create your own personal cloud.
After the download has been completed, open your hosting account and upload the setup.php file to the main directory of your domain via the file manager tab of the cPanel, you can also use FileZilla software.
You will then set the browser to the link of the file once it is successfully uploaded to your domain, it should be something like… https://thedomainname.com/cloudsetup.php then you can access the installation setup wizard for your cloud on your domain.
Click on the next button that pops up and you will be redirected to the cloud dependency check page. This page will give you an option of where to install your cloud storage set up.
You can rename the setup directory or leave it to its default name, click * to install it to the current directory and press next again and install the setup. After the installation scripts have been installed into your hosting account, a screen that says “Success… Cloud is now installed” will appear!
Then press next, and a landing page that has a Cloud tagline will appear for your personal cloud storage.
It’s getting cloudy with a chance of meatballs now!!
Creating the Database
Go to your cPanel where you have your cloud installed and navigate to the My SQL Database Wizard where we will create a database for our cloud.
Create your credentials, save them in a retrievable format like in notepad, and then use them to create a new database user.
A database user will have a username, password, and privileges section.
Since you are creating this as an administrator, you need to give “all privileges” to the user and click next to add the user to the database for your personal cloud to work.
After that, we go to our cloud page and enter the administrator credentials, clicking finish which takes you to the login page of your cloud storage site and you are done!
Boom! Creating your own personal cloud is just as simple as that.
Integration with other Cloud services
You can now go ahead and integrate other external sources to your newly created cloud storage site through the following steps…
For the Amazon S3, you will have to go to AWS.Amazon.com/S3 and login to your account if you have one or create one if you don’t.
Go to the web services page after logging in, create a bucket for your cloud. Name your bucket and choose a region for your bucket and save the access key and the secret key in a place you can retrieve them later.
Return to your cloud site, click on the admin link that says Personal and it will take you to a personal page, click on the external storage link, click the add storage box and from the drop list, choose Amazon S3 and fill in the access and the secret keys and your set.
You will use this link http://console .developers.google.com to get to the page that will enable you to create a Google API for your google account.
Once you get the google API linked to your domain name you will return to your site and repeat the process like you did with the Amazon S3 except that you will need to copy your client ID and your Client storage to the external storage access page and you will have linked your Google account to your cloud site.
Dropbox provides an interface for linking it with external storages and other cloud services through its developers’ tab. It gives you an option to create an app within that uses a Dropbox API that has access to a single or full Dropbox folder access.
After you create the app, you can enable up to 500 users to link to your app. We will need the app key and the app secret for our cloud storage app interface that links external storages like Dropbox.
Since you will be sharing this, you will need to set access to ensure that you control user privileges. Once you complete this you will have linked the cloud storage app folder to your Dropbox app.
The final step would be downloading and installing the desktop client for your cloud setup which will give you access to the cloud storage domain service after a successful logging in.
Within it you can choose what to sync to your folder, manage files and permission, create apps, enable and disable apps and much more.
Having the knowledge of how to create your own cloud storage can be very beneficial for personal or business purposes since you can have more control over who has access to your data.
You can also easily and conveniently manage your files without the help of an expert or professional hence saving you on expenses.
Now you have integrated all the major FREE cloud services into your own personal cloud storage and you are the CLOUD MASTER!
Well, that’s the short version of how you can create your own cloud in under 10 minutes flat. If you want step-by-step, or over the shoulder instructions just grab the book on Amazon.
In this amazon ebook, you get a complete walk-through to create your own cloud with screenshots documenting the entire process with nothing left out!
Go now and create your own cloud and control all your own files, videos, documents, and everything else. It’s the best thing to do in this age of hackers taking down largest companies on the face of the earth.