Five Free Websites to Share Files Online
Suppose you just finished a large project for a client and wanted to send it their way. Gah! Your instant messenger only allows you to send a total of 100MB at a time! That's no good at all. What happens if you wanted to share a family video?
These limitations on file sharing can be a real pain in the butt.
Luckily, the decrease in the cost of web hosting has allowed multiple websites to spring up that offer free, large file sharing. This hub is just a snippet of the amount of sites out there on the web but I believe these to the be best of the best.
MediaFire is one of the easiest-to-use file sharing websites - it has a great look too!
Right from the front page, you can easily drag and drop your files to the upload service otherwise you can select from a file browser as if you were uploading a picture to Facebook.
You could sign up for Mediafire but the free version is awesome in itself. Upload and share BIG files with simple download managers or sign up and track and backup your data. This site is the one I use the most when sending large files to friends and family.
Ge.tt is one of the newest file sharing websites that has come under my radar.
If you sign up, you can get up to 2GB of storage but you don't necessarily need to if you only need to pass off a few files at a time.
What makes Ge.TT particularly awesome is the fact that people can begin downloading the files you upload while you're uploading them. For example, you could upload a promotional track and let people listen before it's all the way done - that's super fast!
This website is a bit different; xFiles opens up a p2p connection between you and a single user to allow them to download large files without uploading to a server.
In terms of making sure that your files aren't being snooped on - xFiles is great because they aren't being stored online (good if you're sending sensitive photos or documents). Once the connection is done, the file sharing is over and both parties are happy.
RGhost is, actually, my favorite file upload website because it's incredibly minimal and simple to use. There's no gimmicks here - just upload your file and send the link over to a friend.
Links stay on the website for a while but if you're uploading big files than you may want to sign up or at least package your file into a .rar file for easy uploading and security (you can add passwords to a rar file).
Sendspace is the fifth in our list of file upload websites but it doesn't mean it's any less valuable than the others. The free version lets you send up to 500MB or you could sign up to push out even more.
Sendspace is modern and offers up an app so you can easily upload files while you're on the go - this would be excellent if you shot a mobile video and needed it up to a server, very rapidly.
Like the others, it's another site to add to your arsenal of file upload sites.