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Posted on 2014-07-22
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I have a website created with Wordpress. The site is fairly popular, and there are 4 people who regularly post with lots of pictures.

Is there an "easy" way of offloading these images to an external service, yet still allowing them to show (and be accessed) as though they are part of the site?

And if so, is there a plugin that will, when a user posts an image, automatically offload it to the external service so that there is no change to the experience of the person making the post?
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Easiest thing to do is use Amazon S3 for media hosting and there are several plugins available that will move your media contents to S3 and also modify your URLs.

https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-s3/
http://wordpress.org/plugins/amazon-s3-and-cloudfront/

As you can see from the second one, the next step is to go from S3 to Cloudfront for speed reasons.
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Thanks for the comment Jason. I have now tried both plugins, and both (not sure whether it's an Amazon or Wordpress issue) are proving unreliable.

WP-S3 is supposed to copy all existing media to S3. So far, it's copied my two themes and four of my plugins but no images!
Amazon-S3-and-cloudfront refuses to copy any new media.

Are there any solutions that would potentially work with Google Drive, DropBox or some other free alternative?
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There is now a plugin for remote images. See this article
http://wptavern.com/add-remote-libraries-to-the-wordpress-media-library
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by:Chris Millard
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It only appears to be for video currently, and doesn't list things like Dropbox, GoogleDrive or OneDrive as future updates:-
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The remote media libraries plugin has proven to be the best solution.
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