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Amazon S3 vs Vimeo for Online Courses and Membership Exclusive Videos 2020

Amazon S3

Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) is storage for the Internet. It has a web services interface that you can use to store and retrieve any amount of data, at any time, from anywhere on the web.


  • It is very affordable when your video files don't take too much storage or require a lot of bandwidth 
  • Trustworthy, reliable and fast delivery of your videos


  • Costs will get progressively expensive if you have lots of large video files and when your bandwidth usage increases
  • Implementing it requires a steeper learning curve that non-techie users will find user-unfriendly
  • Lacks an easy to use video player that easily embeds into WordPress websites.
  • Lacks a video player that optimizes video delivery based on devices.

Below is a sample video being served up by Amazon S3. It looks like the player serves up the full video file no matter what size your screen is as there are no options for different resolutions.


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  • Most affordable video platform that doesn't rely on ads. Upgrade plan starts at $7/month.
  • Predictable pricing plan based on storage used with unlimited bandwidth
  • Domain locking embedding. Means videos cannot be shared or downloaded. 


  • Lacks some of the customization options of pricier video hosts
  • No HLS encryption for high level anti-piracy

And the Winner is ... Vimeo


For the purpose of this comparison, in which we are searching for the best video hosting platform for our online courses, Vimeo meets more of our needs than Amazon S3. Amazon S3 is a great cloud storage service providing you reliability and speed, but it is not the easiest to work with. There are multiple steps to upload and make a video file viewable. It is easier to upload video files into Vimeo and select more advanced viewing options.

WordPress websites integrate better and easier with videos from Vimeo than Amazon S3.

Vimeo has the much needed domain-level privacy, which means you can rest assured your video courses can only be viewed from your website and cannot be shared. Amazon S3 may provide a level of privacy but it is not user-friendly and I do not recommend it for non-techies.

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