Off-Site File Hosting
This is a continuation of ideas from a previous thread regarding external file hosting. This could allow the updating of certain media files without posting new threads, and would help save bandwidth from this website if more and/or larger files continue to be shared.
Previous thread here:
There were a lot of posts regarding this topic scattered throught the thread, so in an effort to keep the forums neat and tidy, I thought I’d attempt to create a thread dedicated to this (file hosting) facet of the discussion. I’m intersted in the options that are out there…I suspect some experimentation is in order.
I’ve done some research and hope to test Thursday. Please post your thoughts, etc., especially if I have missed something or am off-base with this thread.
Just hanging this comment here so I can come back and find the thread easily.
I’m checking into file hosting…have some ideas lined up, but more exploration to be done…
Without spending a lot of time, could you all offer up some examples of
what things you would upload, what type of file you’d anticipate it
being, and how it would be used? File size would be great too, but now
we’re really getting into details, so don’t worry about it you don’t
know…just give what you can. Obviously videos require much more
consideration than other files. This could change the scope of
solutions I would look into, especially if you’re looking for free (and
who isn’t?). Nobody knows what the future holds, so we’d just be
guessing, but we could at least attempt to make an educated one. I’ll
Promotional Business Cards
Filetypes: JPG, PNG, PSD
Purpose: Users Download/Print and Distribute to public
Approx. Size: 200KB each.
…alternatively, you could just point your finger and call me
obsessive-compulsive and that I’m over thinking it and skip this whole
From my end, I think MS Office Files, PDF, common image files, etc are good. No need for video files for now.
Access is key. It needs to be very easy to use and for us to share amongst ourselves. Should also be able to link to url of the file.
I use Yahoo Geocities to host files online but it has limitations.
If you like, I will include this in your section of the captain document so that you are the point-man for this project.
I’ll keep looking around and see if I can find something that may be viable for us.
We use Microsoft Sharepoint at work. It has a lot more features that we probably wouldn’t use much but would leave room for expansion.
Here’s a link to some product demo clips that might help.
Thanks for the sugg. Unfortunately, we are looking for somethign with a pretty low budget – preferabley free – so MS Sharepoint might not be exactly what we’re looking for.
Found this site today. Has some links to various file hosting services: http://www.free-webhosts.com/free-file-hosting.php
Might be able to find somethign useful in there.
Thanks Lucas…I’ll add it to the queue.
Another question: I haven’t put all the pieces together, but one thing that I think I’ll run into are some solutions that would require a login…not good for ease of use…but these types of sites usually have better features. It makes it less usable by the public, but people in the Brigade could create a login and would probably have no problem…that’s my quick pro/con analysis.
Again, this is just one thing in a thousand that I’ve seen, and I thought I throw it out there to see what others’ thoughts are.
Update on project:
I’ve been reading a lot, and testing some. I started compiling a list of file hosting services that were free. I did 4 or 5 and then realized that I may have a better idea…using a social network engine to power file sharing and discussion!
So I began this research tonight…looks promising, but requires more administration probably. I’ll be testing a few more. For anyone who is interested, I have uploaded my Excel spreadsheet I was working from. It’s not done, of course, but you can see where I’m going.
I’m really thinking Ning, or Grou.ps may be a good solution…will get back as soon as it’s clear. Ning does not support files without a forum thread, while Grou.ps seems to be more supportive of such a funciton but I haven’t dug in yet. Grou.ps also supports openID which is good for some. I’m thinking that if we were to use this type of solution, it would be stripped down to just files, with possibly the discussion of files, so that discussion remains here in these forums. More work to be done here…but this really could be a solid solution once I had it set up. These services certainly support much more storage space, bandwidth, etc.
I’ve set up a place to host files here:
This had the most space and bandwidth, with the most straight-forward appraoch to storing files. Also, although gou.ps does not say how long files are stored without being deleted, I get the feeling that it’s more than the 7-30 days that the other options presented.
Downside is no anonymous uploading. You’ll have to become a member to upload, but anyone can download, and direct linking works as well. If you want to store a file online temporarily, you can see my previous post and the xls file for options there (but the file will probably be deleted soon) Also, I didn’t get a chance to make it pretty…but it’ll do for a while.
I’ve uploaded some files to work with. Please check it out and see how it works; let me know. Until then, I’m on to other projects.
Thanks for setting up a filespace. I’m working on my own CC-based powerpoint (and I think some other folks have done this too) and would like a place to post my stuff in case anyone else can use all or part of it. You mention this space for promotion, but could we use it for content as well?