Ok, so since the demise of everyone’s favorites like Megaupload and others, there’s been a surge of new file hosts that have come out to replace megaupload. Most of them aren’t funded well enough or are just plain old unprofessional. It might be a long time until we see an actual company replace some of the fallen hosts, or maybe never.
Really, I can’t recommend you use any of the new file hosts that keep popping up. That said, lets take a look at sharpfile.
Sharpfile has a subscription for $10/month. Ha. Just get usenet for 100% more reliability. Anyway, so the price is high for a file host. The first thing I look at is how fast the home page of the site loads. In sharpfile’s case, it loads pretty fast. So that’s a good indication that it’s at least supporting the traffic it’s getting at the moment.
Free users must type a captcha, wait 40 seconds, and not be fooled into clicking fake download ads. The download speed I got when I tested it was 100KB/s. This is POOR. I would not sign up for any file host unless the free version gave me at least 30MBIT.
Anyway, let’s all just stick to usenet and give up already on these file hosts. Follow my usenet tutorial if you’re not familiar.
Mediafire is a very old file hosting platform. You can expect them to stay around for awhile as well as they are very compliant for the US Government so the idea of the same thing happening to MediaFire is pretty unlikely.
Then again, that also means you lose some freedom, and it could be a little more risky to host your own files there if they were accidentally identified as DMCA material. Mediafire and a few others have been known to remove anything that has links on a blogspot blog or other locations, so you have to be careful if you don’t want your files deleted.
Overall, so long as you keep everything private you upload to Mediafire, it’s a good host that could definitely meet your needs. The only real downfall of Mediafire is that it’s centralized, so if Mediafire goes down your files could go with it.
For a more open environment for your files you can learn to upload to and download from Usenet. With retentions the way they are you can almost expect any file you upload to be around for a very long time. (Downloading & First Setup Tutorial, Uploading Tutorial)
Overall, filefactory is a fast stable file sharing system. However, that could change at any instant with the way file uploading sites are going today.
Their service is top notch and works great, but if you want something more stable, you’re going to want usenet. Why usenet? It’s been fast and reliable for more than 20 years. Can’t say the same about these “file hosts” that keep popping up like weeds.
If you still want to go the file upload route, filefactory is a good bet, $12 per month isn’t too bad. I wouldn’t go with anything longer than that, however because things change. You can get usenet access for less and be more secure about your purchase. If you want to learn more about usenet, head on over to my usenet binaries tutorial.
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