Amazon S3 CDN URL Mask

A couple of years ago, I started using my Amazon S3 account to distribute the WordPress Plugins I wrote. Seemed like a great way for people to download the plugins without adding load to my server. At the time, I didn’t want to place the plugins in the WordPress Plugin Directory.

Each Amazon S3 Bucket has a long url that can be difficult to remember . Here is how I used the Amazon S3 account as a CDN to distribute my plugins.

cPanel & Simple DNS Zone Editor

Login into your hosting account’s cPanel and click on Simple DNS Zone Editor.

Simple DNS Zone Editor cPanel

CNAME Record

Next, create a CNAME record by typing the CDN URL (e.g into the name field and the Amazon S3 bucket URL into the CNAME field. Click Add CNAME Record button. The new record should be instant.

cPanel CNAME CDN Record Amazon S3


About Clifton Hatfield

Clifton is the kind of guy that can read code better than he can read a book and prefers it that way. He likes cold pizza, moving sidewalks, and Indiana Jones. Clifton co-founded Internet Lifestyle Network from his home office in 2012 and he believes that true leadership is to inspire.
Donna Merrill
Donna Merrill

Clifton, I don't know how you do it, but I love my blog that you and Ashley have done. The best part is, all I have to do is give you a message and you are ON IT.... I cannot understand why people want to build their own WP sites when they can have you do it. Donna