Does this plugin only run *copies* of local folders on CDN and then links to CDN or does/can it *move* existing and put all future folders onto CDN as a permanent, outsourced storage device?
(It might have been mentioned somewhere but there's a hell of a lot of content to go through and I noticed quite a lot of confusing posts and questions. Or I might not have fully understood the plugin despite reading the documentation, in that case I join the group of confused users. My sincere apologies if I double-post.)
I am aware of the title being W3 Total "Cache" but given the CDN function I wonder if it could be used as a permanent external storage service?
Example: moving all local data (blog media..) to CDN account and thus only store locally whatever is still necessary to run the site on the server.
My question arises from the situation that I have limited storage space on the server and I cannot (limited by provider) install the necessary tools to connect to S3 as a mapped drive or linked folder (using protected access, not public).
Furthermore, outsourcing to CDN in this way would make it possible to move the main site setup to other hosting providers at any time without moving mountains of files and then trying to sync when switching the site host itself.
I want to permanently move all blog data (I run a multi-site setup) to Amazon S3. This would turn the cache concept upside-down: caching new media on the site's server until it has been transferred and link-updated (in database) to the permanent CDN.
Writing locally would be faster than uploading to remote CDN so this would boost the media uploader but also boost the site in general as all uploaded (and then moved) content is served by CDN.