352 Inc. / Digital Marketing / January 1st, 2009

Alternative FTP solution– getdropbox.com

Sometimes I have clients that need to send me large files, and this can be quite a difficult situation, because the files are too big for email and the client does not have their own FTP server .  Our support team on occasion set up FTP accounts so clients can send us large files. This takes a small amount of time to set up, and also assumes that the client has FTP software to upload the files to our servers.

I came across https://www.getdropbox.com/ a few months ago, and I am very impressed. I have two different computers in my office, Laptop (pc) for normal everyday work, and a desktop (iMac) for testing client websites in a Mac environment and general personal use. When I need to send files from one machine to the other, either I have to email or put them on a memory stick, this was a bit of a pain until now.

If you need a solution like this, go to www.getdropbox.com download the software and set it up on your machine. You can download the software on a second machine and use the same login as you did on the first install, and this will synchronize both drop boxes. Once you are set up you will have the ability to drag and drop files into the Dropbox folder. There is a public folder “dropboxMy DropboxPublic” which will allow you to share files with computers that are not synchronized to your account.

Best of all the software is free and you get a 2 GB quota, but you can upgrade to 50GB for $99 a year or $9.99 a month.

A list of FAQ’s can be seen here — https://www.getdropbox.com/faq