Before I start out this article, I must say that I myself am not a huge Reddit user at all. I opened an account more than two years ago when Digg was still a hot hangout for bored Internet users, but over the years I honestly haven’t visited the site all that often. That said, I read most of my news directly from publishers websites and have personally found that when I want to keep up with the world around me there is no better place to go than Google News. All that said, Reddit isn’t simply a news site, but rather a free-formed community in which users can create and engage in topics that interest them. Even I, on the rare occasions where I have extra time to kill, do venture onto Reddit to browse comical images for a good laugh.
Yesterday was one of those days, and as evening rolled around and I had all of my paperwork caught up on I figured I’d visit Reddit for a bit. As is typical for my infrequent Reddit extravaganzas, the first “subreddit” that I visited was /r/funny. I was in it for the laughs, after all. After a few minutes of poking around, I was amazed at the sheer number of posts that linked to the free Imgur image hosting service; a site known for its clean interface and minimal advertisements. Going back to the main page of the “subreddit” and looking in detail I saw that all ten of the first ten posts on the front page were indeed links to photos hosted on Imgur.
When maintaining a website, content is always going to be your number one priority. However, you also need to carefully consider two additional factors in order to ensure your overall success. First off is cost – simply because no one wants to spend too much on web hosting. Next off is speed. In a previous article, Jeff outlined some of the reasons why page load times are so important to a site’s overall success and health.
For a couple of months now, I have been using Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service) to host a handful of files such as screenshots. More recently I wanted to put together a personal website – nothing fancy; just a couple of HTML documents that would allow me to have a personal online presence. While I pondered purchasing hosting service, I ultimately decided to use “the cloud” and host my simple site on Amazon S3. However, I quickly remembered that S3 didn’t allow for “index” files to show up. So while someone could access my site just fine by going to “www.mysite.com/index.html”, simply going to “www.mysite.com” threw off an error message.