If you are a freelancer/small business owners who send large files regularly over the internet, chances are you will need to break down the files into several batches when sending it through email because of the attachment limit. However, if you are one of them who were frustrated by the annoying process of sending large files over e-mail and FTP, then you should give file sharing sites a try. These websites provide the opportunity to users to upload their documents into their sites where they will store it securely and co-workers can download it by just a click of a button, which is more hassle free and faster than any other alternatives.
(Plan: Free – $0, Pro – $9/month, Business – $49/month)
Mediafire has long be considered as one of the top player in the industry. It is ranked Top 100 amongst Alexa and Doubleclick, while garnering positive reviews of top tech blogs such as TechCrunch and PCWorld. With each free account, customers may create an unlimited number of “seats” which can be assigned to individuals in an organization. Every seat gets the same amount of bandwidth, domain and customization settings. For larger organization, this is an effective way to lower the cost as staffs don’t need to apply for a new account to download the contents. There aren’t any restrictions on how many files you can download simultaneously, nor are there any limit on how many files you can store.
(Basic Plan : Free – $0)
(SendSpace Max Plan: $9/month, 30 cents per day, $35/6 Months, 20 cents per day, $55/12 Months, 15 cents per day)
(SendSpace Pro Plan – Price From : Basic/$6.99/month, Active/$19.99/month, Power/$49.99/month)
Sendspace allows registered users with free membership to upload up to 300MB of content, which users have the ability to download 300MB an hour for those with very fast connection. The download page will contain advertisement as this is how they pay for the free service while subsidizing the premium service. Only PRO member will not see the advertisement.
User with free account gets to send files without registering. However, you will not be notified if the file has been downloaded by any recipients. Meanwhile, registered users can edit file details and retrieve download links at a later time. Your files can earn Max points that can later be converted to a free premium account.
(Plan : Free For Life)
With Keep and Share, users get to share files online privately with colleagues, anytime and anywhere. By default all files privacy are set as ‘private’, however users may mark a file as ‘public’ to be easily shared with everyone. In case you have deleted a file, you can upload the same file and the url remains the same, so you don’t have to send a new one to keep the others updated. One thing that other free services don’t offered is the ability to view those who have downloaded detailed history log of exactly when users uploaded, viewed, edited or downloaded each file.
(Plan : Free – $0, 1 Month – $9.95/month, 3 Months – $7.98/month, 6 Months – $7.16/month, 1 Year – $6.50/month)
4Shared is another site which allows user to upload files for free. They support all sorts of file formats, as long as it doesn’t breach their terms and conditions. The space limit is 10 GB per account, and each file has a 2048 MB size limitation. In case your document is larger than the size specified, you can break it down into several files and use the multi-upload feature. They also offer subdomain, which makes the url easier to memorize.
Want to upload your files even faster? You can download the 4Shared Desktop and upload hundreds of files simultaneously. With the desktop version users don’t have to worry about interrupted connections, as the upload can be continued even though it stopped halfway during the uploading process. If you wish to synchronize the files with your mobile phones, iPads or any electronic devices, you can download another app titled 4Sync which gives you the access to those files from any location.
(Plan : Basic – $0, Pro 50 – $9.99/month, Pro 100 – $19.99/month, Teams – Price Starts At $795 for 5 Users)
Dropbox is designed with simplicity and elegance in mind. Any files saved on Dropbox are automatically sync with other devices with Dropbox installed on them. Each user will be given 2GB of Dropbox for free, with subscriptions up to 100GB available. It also support multiple devices and platforms, such as Windows, Mac, Linux, iPad, iPhone, Android and BlackBerry. What I like about this service is that you will be given a ‘Dropbox Folder’ when you first installed the program, and it will transfer just the parts of a file that change and not the whole document, which saves up a lot of time from the users end. In case you accidentally deleted a folder, don’t fret as there is a month history of work and you can easily recover the deleted files.
Other Worthy Mentions
Listed are more sites that offer similar services:
- File Factory – (Plan : Basic – $0, 30 Days – $12, 90 Days – $29, 180 Days – $49, 365 Days – $79, 730 Days – $99)
- Streamfile – (Plan : PRO only – 39.95USD/12 months, VPN only – 39.95USD/12 months, VPN + PRO Super Bundle – 59.95USD/12 months) Share files up to 30GB in size with 256-bit SSL encryption and a 2-week link expiry time.
- Fileden – (Plan : Personal Account – Free, Silver Account – $4.95/month or $49.95/year, Gold Account – $9.95/month or $99.95/year, Diamond Account – $19.95/month or $199.95/year)
- Zippyshare – (Plan : Free For Everyone, No Premium Plans Are Offered)
- Slingfile – (Plan : Basic – $0, 1 Day Trial – $2.99, 30 Days Premium – $9, 6 Months Premium – $35, 1 Year Premium – $55, 2 Years Premium – $99)
- Filesavr – Free, No Premium Plans, Only Simple File Hosting; No Pop ups, No Ads, No Countdown Timers
- ADrive – (Plan : Basic – Free, Signature – $6.95/month or $69.50/year, Premium – Starting at $13.95/month or starting at $139.50/year)