How to serve WordPress Media from Google Cloud Storage?

Upload WordPress media files to Google Cloud Storage (GCS) and
let it handle the image file request delivery to the users

Google offers storage in the cloud which
you can use to store and serve object data, static
host website , mount as a file system, etc.

If you are having lots of images
on your WordPress sites and would like to optimize
image files delivery
, then Google cloud storage may be
helpful in many ways.

  • Reduce bandwidth cost
  • Serve content faster through Google low-latency network
  • Reduce storage cost

The following, I will explain step-by-step how to
integrate WordPress with Google cloud storage.

Create Service Account & Storage Bucket

Let’s get service account created which
will be used to connect from WordPress.

  • Go to Service Accounts under IAM & Admin ( direct link )
  • Click create service account
  • Enter the service account name and select
    role as Storage Admin
  • Select “Furnish a new private key” and select key type as
  • Click Create

It will download JSON key file. Keep it in a
secure place. You will need this in next step while configuring
the WordPress.

It’s time to create the bucket which you will
use to store media files

  • Login to Google cloud and go to storage >> browser
    ( direct link )
  • Click Create Bucket

  • Enter the bucket name (must be unique)
  • Select storage class (let it be
    multi-regional for better performance)
  • Select multi-regional location (choose
    where  your users are) and create

It will take few seconds, and you will see the newly created
bucket on the list. Let’s make the bucket object
by default to all the users.

  • Select the bucket and click three dot icon >> edit
    bucket permissions
  • Enter allUsers in member field and
    select role as storage object viewer and
    click Add

Edit the bucket permissions again and add newly created service
account as “Storage Legacy Bucket owner.”

Well done! Storage bucket is ready to use.
Let’s connect with WordPress.

There is a plugin called WP-Stateless (Google Cloud Media Storage)
which let you integrate quickly.

Integration using WP-Stateless Plugin

Developed by Usability Dynamics, let you quickly configure. It
uploads images to GCS as you upload to

It uploads images to GCS bucket whenever you uploaded to
WP media library and served directly when requested.

It stores image copy on your server so in future if you don’t
want to use GCS, you can just deactivate the plugin and don’t
have to copy images back.

  • Login to WordPress admin console and install >>
    activate the WP-Stateless plugin
  • Go to settings >> media and you will notice
    configuration section for “Stateless media.”
  • Select mode as CDN, enter bucket
    and copy the content of downloaded JSON file into
    service account JSON

Going forward, whenever you upload new media
files, it will be uploaded to GCS bucket and will be served
from there on the website.

Let’s quickly verify it.

I uploaded one png file manually through Media Library and as
you can see below the URL address is from Google storage.

If you would like to upload existing images to GCS then you got
to go Tools >> Stateless Sync and start the sync process.

Sync may take some time but once done; you should be able to
see all images are getting loaded from Google storage.

I hope this helps you integrate WordPress with Google Cloud
Storage for better image
delivery to your audience.


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