I was in search of a cost effective and easy way to store my client website backups. One of my colleagues, Suzanne Bird-Harris opened my eyes to the magic of Amazon s3 online storage. With this storage device, I am able to set my favorite backup software (BackupBuddy by iThemes) to make regular backups of my client WordPress websites and send them to a secure location on the cloud. The AWS free Tier includes 5GB storage, 20,000 Get Requests, and 2,000 Put Requests. For pennies, I can have an offsite location keeping my backups safe.
I set myself up an account and began to use it. It’s great!
I logged in to see my files, because I wanted to make sure the software was working properly and putting my backups where I thought they would be. I saw my bucket (similar to a folder and the location where the files are stored), but I also saw a myriad of dated, 1 – 2 kb sized files in my root directory. Wow, what is this and what are they for? I didn’t think I needed them, so I deleted them, but like a bad virus, they kept replicating themselves and coming back. I asked my colleagues if they had any ideas about the purpose of these files. No one seemed to know.
After some searching, I found that these were log files that I didn’t need. The way to get rid of them was to log into my Amazon s3 Console and to uncheck the box in the Logging area that enabled the log files to be created. It had apparently been enabled when I first set up my account. (Don’t forget to save after unchecking the box.)
Now when I delete the files, they are gone for good and I can move on to solving another mystery. Amazon s3 Cloud backup helps me sleep better at night.