Hosting a File

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  1. Capt Underpants macrumors 68030

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    What is the easiest way to host a file, where other people can DL it from me?
     
  2. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    What I do is put the file I want others to be able to download on my web site. There are numerous web site providers - some free, others not free (Apple's .Mac service, the one I use, is one of the not-free ones). Be aware that some of the free providers (GeoCities, now part of Yahoo!, is a good example) have restrictions on how you can organize your web site - one of the more common restrictions with free providers is that you're not allowed to have a file on your site that isn't linked to or referenced by any HTML page on your site. This particular restriction may affect you if you choose a free provider.
     
  3. Capt Underpants thread starter macrumors 68030

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    I'm currently hosting the file off of geocities, but there are bandwidth restrictions. Is there a way to host the file using my bandwidth, easily?
     
  4. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    You always have the option of sending it to me (via uploading it to my iDisk's Public folder, for example) - I can then set up a directory for it to live in, and I will PM you the details for accessing my Public folder as well as the location of the file when it is up. I have ~996 MB of space free and ~3Gb monthly bandwidth from .Mac...so bandwidth should not be an issue as long as I don't put more big stuff on there that's publicly accessible.
     
  5. Capt Underpants thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Thank you for the offer, wrldwzrf89, but I would like to host this file myself. Is there no easy way of doing this?
     
  6. Capt Underpants thread starter macrumors 68030

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  8. ham_man macrumors 68020

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    YouSendIt. Never used it personally, but some people say that it is pretty good. Be kinda of time consuming, but next best thing to buying your own server space...
     
  9. Jedda macrumors regular

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    YouSendIt is quite good.

    I used to use it before i got my website up and running.

    Its good for distributing a few small-medium size files.
     
  10. njmac macrumors 68000

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    Also SendThisFile. Unlimited file size, and its free.

    I like .mac for hosting my files. I just got a Small Orange account though, I have no idea how to use it though :eek:
     
  11. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    Unclear on the intent: You have a large file that you want people to download, large enough or often enough that you'll exceed your Geocities limits.

    You want to host it yourself...
    Do you mean you want to make it publicly available as a web page or a FTP download from your own machine at home?

    This is of course possible, but there are several drawbacks; you likely have a dynamic IP address which changes periodically so it is difficult to get a domain name to point to your home machine (and some ISP's forbid it). If you don't set your Apache Web server software up correctly on your Mac, you invite a security problem, because by definition you are breaching your firewall. If you are behind a router, then you will have to configure the virtual server features of the router/firewall correctly. Your bandwidth consumption may alarm your ISP.

    The best answer is to buy some Web space from a commercial provider (perhaps your own ISP) and put the file there with a little Web site around it. Check the terms and conditions of your provider as to bandwidth allowed and the nature of the materials you are posting.
     
  12. native00 macrumors regular

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