Friday, April 16, 2010

Getting started with Heroku and Spree: Part 4 - Setting up Amazon Web Services [GUIDE]

At Gunner Technology, we have found that if we give a little, we usually get more in return.

Here's what I mean. Most of our clients know nothing about the Internet other than some buzz words around it. Giving them specs, bids, wireframes, sample recommendations, etc isn't very powerful.

We've found that building a prototype and showing them examples of what we want to do is about five times more likely to end in a relationship than if we try to tell them what we want to do.

This means banging out a WordPress site on a shared host. Setting up a Twitter account and faking interaction, promotions and messages.

Right now, we're working on forming a relationship with a Mexican restaurant. They don't have a Web site, and we feel they could see a 30% increase in sales by taking orders online, registering their site with Yelp, Google and Bing and implementing a Twitter/Foursquare marketing campaign.

So, we're going to put together a demo site for them using Spree and we'll host it for free with Heroku.

We also have a new MacBook Pro we're going to set up from scratch to get this started, so we figured we'd take you through the whole process, step by step.

This is part 5: Setting up Amazon Web Services.

Right now, all we need is an S3 account, so we'll just focus on getting that working.

  1. Create an Amazon AWS Account
  2. Once you've gone through the verification processes, go to your Security Credentials and copy the Access Key ID and Secret Access Key
  3. Download S3 Browser for Mac
  4. Open S3 Browser and select Connection > New Connection...
  5. Paste your Access Key ID and Secret Access Key into the appropriate boxes and click "connect"
  6. Click the add Icon in the upper lefthand corner of the connection window.
  7. Enter your-site-name as the bucket name and click "OK"

That's it! You now have your S3 account set up so you can use it with Spree and Heroku.

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