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I've become a big fan of Railo as an alternative to Adobe Coldfusion Server, particularly because of its ability to easily connect to Amazon S3. I love what Amazon S3 offers in terms of inexpensive file storage, and our latest project, TheClientSpace.com, takes full advantage of the Railo/S3 feature.
It's been quite a learning experience, however, in getting the right setup together for deployment of Railo on Amazon EC2, mainly because a) I'm still pretty new to understanding Linux as a whole, and b) I really want my files to be easily backed up - which can be time consuming if storing your Web site files on the main EC2 drives.
I've written up this simple guide to explain how I have currently set up Railo on Ubuntu using Tomcat, on Amazon EC2 with EBS volumes to simplify the backup of your website's files and database by using the EBS snapshot feature.
If you're new to EC2 and are having trouble understanding some of the steps I've written here, please contact me and I can help you out.
Filed under Web Design
This week, Concepcion Design launches a new service called The Client Space. It's an interface ideal for small businesses that need to share media with clients on a regular basis.
By signing up, you get your very own client access portal, which you can customize to fit the look of your business. Create individual logins for your clients, upload media and let them know when there's material up for review. The Client Space takes the hassle out of sharing media with your clients. Forget about emailing huge files, or putting everything on an FTP. Upload your media, let your client know, and your project will move much faster.
Upload rough-cuts for your client to review: they can comment on the work right on the page! Post the latest version of your newest song, share a photography set or simply have a posting ground for Word docs, PDFs, research materials and more.
The Client Space offers quite a bit of control over the look and feel of the portal. You can easily add your logo, your website background, and customize the colors to match the aesthetic of your existing website.
If you're curious and just want to poke around, you can try it out for 30 days, absolutely free! Just use the promo code CDESIGN on the sign-up page.
We've been working on it quite a bit and would love to get any feedback we can so that we can make this good product even better. Tell us what you think or just drop in a comment below.
Filed under Site Launches, Web Design