A file hosting service, online file storage provider, or cyberlocker is an internet hosting service specifically designed to host static content, typically large files that are not web pages. Typically they allow http and ftp access. They can be optimized for serving many users (as is implied by the term "hosting") or be optimized for single-user storage (as is implied by the term "storage"). Related services are content-displaying hosting services (i.e. vedio, image, audio/music,virtual storage and remote backup.
Software file hosting
Authors of Shareware, Freeware and Opensource/Free software often use file hosting services to serve their software. The inherent problem with free downloads is the huge bandwidth cost. To cover this cost, many sites intentionally delay the starts of downloads and slow down downloading speeds in order to persuade a user to buy a premium, paid account on the site for better service, a practice much criticized by those who do not use these sites often. These hosts also offer additional services to the authors such as statistics or other marketing features.
Personal file storage
Personal file storage services are aimed at private individuals, offering a sort of "network storage" for personal backup, file access, or file distribution. Users can upload their files and share them publicly or keep them password-protected.
Prior to the advent of personal file storage services, off-site backup services were not typically affordable for individual and small office computer users.
Sometimes people prefer hosting their files on a publicly accessible HTTP server. In this case, they generally choose paid hosting, and use their hosting for this purpose. Many free hosting providers do not allow the storage of files for non-website-related use.
Content providers who potentially encounter bandwidth congestion issues may use services specialized in distributing cached or static content. It is the case for companies with a major Internet presence.lost of free file hosting service sites are:
Zippyshare.com is completely free, reliable and popular way to store files online. They offer fast download speeds. The maximum filesize for a single file is 200 MB. The file can be downloaded at any time and as often as you need it. File Life: 30 days after no activity. No ridiculous queues! No limits!
Dropbox allows you to sync your files online and across your computers automatically. 2GB of online storage for free. Sync files of any size or type. Sync Windows, Mac, and Linux computers. Automatically syncs when new files or changes are detected. Sharing files is simple. It takes only a few clicks.
Free & Easy File Hosting, File Sharing and Online Backup Services.
FileDropperFileDropper.com was created as a fresh alternative for online file storage to sites like MegaUpload and RapidShare. Unlike those sites, we do not reel the user in and make them wait for annoying countdown timers. We do not hide the download link with aggressively placed ads. You can upload files of upto 5GB
The easy way to host and share any files including documents, presentations, videos, and images.
Upload file up to 100MB size for free.
FREE 50GB Online Storage. Cloud Storage, Upload & Store Files, Access Files Anywhere, Share Files, Edit Documents Online. File Transfer Protocol (FTP), ADrive Desktop.
They offer a generous 500 MB of space for you to upload your files and send to your friends! Unlimited downloads!
Back up – Upload every photo, document, song. Easy to use – Simple upload, download and sharing options. Password Protected – Keep your files safe, or share them with anyone you like. Access from anywhere.
No size limits, archive upload. 2GB/sec bandwidth.
Hotlinking allowed for all files. 1GB of personal storage space. 100mb maximum file size limit. 5GB monthly data allowance and much more!