I’m often asked about how to protect content when using Amazon S3 to store content.  Amazon S3 is an excellent platform to display video’s and audio’s from, as well as provide downloads of large files – it’s quick and optimized to deliver content to website visitors – however, ‘securing’ links so that they can’t be shared with others is sometimes a concern to website owners who want to deliver ‘training’ or ‘members only’ content.

I’ve been trialling a wordpress plugin called SecureDL and I thought I would share how to use it with JW Player to deliver video content.

Part 1: Configuring SecureDL

[jwplayer config=”standard” image=”https://acl-training.s3.amazonaws.com/JWPlayer/using-secure-dl-jw-player.png” file=[secdl bucket=acl-training path=JWPlayer/Using-Secure-DL-And-JW-Player-0.mp4]]

Click here to find out more about SecureDL.

Part 2: Displaying a video using SecureDL with JW Player

To display a video in a wordpress post or page (or even a widget) view the next video:

[jwplayer config=”standard” image=”https://acl-training.s3.amazonaws.com/JWPlayer/using-secure-dl-jw-player.png” file=[secdl bucket=acl-training path=JWPlayer/Using-Secure-DL-And-JW-Player-1.mp4]]

The ‘placeholder’ code that I use the above video is:

[  jwplayer config=”standard” image=”linktoimage” file=[ secdl bucket=bucketname path=path/videoname ]  ]

(You have to remove the spaces before and after the ‘[‘ and ‘]’ in the code above.


config is the name of the JW Player you wish to use

image is the link to the image you want to use to display when the video is not playing

bucket is the name of the Amazon bucket where your video is stored

path is the path to the video, including the folder in the bucket (note: there is not leading / in this link).

About the Author Charly Dwyer

Charly has more than 30 years experience in the IT industry ranging from hands-on technical, to high-level business management, Charly has installed and configured computing equipment and has managed business contracts in excess of $25 million dollars.

As a result, Charly identifies the best way to integrate solutions and technologies for the most cost effective way to achieve a businesses outcome.

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