30 May 2013
May 30, 2013

File hosting services

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By Wiki, A file hosting service, cloud storage service, online file storage provider, or cyberlocker is an Internet hosting service specifically designed to host user files. It allows users to upload files that could then be accessed over the internet from a different computer, tablet PC, smartphone or other networked device, by the same user or possibly by other users, after a password or other authentication is provided. Typically, the services allow HTTP access, and sometimes FTP access. Many cloud storage services state that they either encrypt data before it is uploaded or while it is stored. While encryption is generally regarded as best practice in cloud storage how the encryption is implemented is very important. But as far as control and visibility into the download pattern, number of users and purchase followup, I think you need to host your own project and own the cost of it.

The significant ones are Sourceforge, Rapidshare, Google Code, Microsoft CodePlex, CodeHaus, GitHub. launchpad etc.

Here are some of the file hosting service provider details.

SourceForge www.sourceforge.com

SourceForge is the most popular and favorite among developers for file hosting. SourceForge also gives you ticketing system, forums, wikis etc. Almost all open source projects are found on SourceForge.

When you create a project in SourceForge, you can choose from any or all of the features, Wiki, Ticketing, source control, blog, forums, etc.

GitHub www.github.com

GitHub is also one of the popular file hosting services. It is only that you should get used to working with GitHub. Rest all is easy. You can create a repository in GitHub and choose to make it private or public. If it is public, it will be free for others to access and if you wish to make it private, you will be charged a small monthly fee. One of the great features on GitHub is the socializing ability to see what other people are working on and who they are connecting with. When you follow someone, you’ll get notifications on your dashboard about their GitHub activity.

At the heart of GitHub is an open source version control system (VCS) called Git*. Created by the same team that created Linux, Git is responsible for everything GitHub related that happens locally on your computer.

Google Code http://www.code.google.com

Google Code is an offering from Google. Google Code project Hosting  provides a free collaborative development environment for open source projects. If you have a Google Account, you’ll find it esy and time saving to create an account and login. Feature-wise Google Code does not really offer much, if anything less, than the previous two sites. Space is quite limited, but setting up your project shouldn’t be too hard. Probably the best solution for the newbie coder with close integration with Google Developers.

Rapidshare www.rapidshare.com

Rapidshare is one of the popular file hosting services available on the Internet. You just need to create an account at www.rapidshare.com and upload your files there. You can share the details of your files uploaded with anybody by giving them a link. You have 3 types of accounts in Rapidshare. Free account will allow you to store files up to 5GB, Pro account will allow you to store up to 350GB, Freedom account will allow you to store unlimited files but they will be deleted if there are no downloads. Free account is a good bet to start with.

There are some others like DropBox, SkyDrive, iCloud, GDrive etc which are pure upload and share types with online collaboration features.

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