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The larger your site grows, obviously then, the larger in number and size your files will become. The files I’m referring to are those files that are accessed by your visitors such as .pdf files, image files, and even video files. If you have hotlinked to these files from your site, then you will need to have dependable storage for those files without the worry of using up all of your allotted bandwidth too quickly. In addition, if your files become too large, you may find that your host will not have allotted you enough space to store these files.

Typically, you can safely store files through web hosting, but it’s in those cases when your files become too large that dependability becomes a real issue. Downtime due to maxed out memory or bandwidth is a major concern for any website owner, and it shouldn’t be, because it can be prevented easily. Another issue of major concern is not having current backups of your files. By carefully monitoring your available memory and bandwidth, you minimize the risk of having a problem when your site is visited frequently and your visitors download often. Here again, your host may not allow too much of this due to bandwidth and storage capacity restraints.

I’ve found the best way to prevent this is to subscribe to a reputable online storage service that will allow you to store your image files, pictures, photos, videos, podcasts, and the like on their servers, with the added critical feature that allows you to hotlink to these files directly from your website. In addition, I suggest that you do some checking about your prospective company’s uptime stats. If there were any issues at all with them, I would subscribe to a second company as a backup, just in case. This will add to your expense, but you will have to determine if the cost is worth it to you to have the reassurance that you’ve taken the best steps to prevent downtime.

At the current time, there are many companies that offer the kind of service I’ve been talking about here. Flickr and ImageShack come to mind for images, and MyDataNest and OpenDrive for files. Either of these companies will allow you to hotlink directly from your site. A word to the wise in is order here. Any time you upload your files to an outside service, be sure to download the files back to your computer, then scan them with your antivirus software program. This is just to be sure that your files didn’t pick up an infection somewhere along the line. Once you’re sure all is OK, you can then safely upload the files back to your online server. It's an extra step, but one that's necessary today.

I hope you see now that you can safely store files through web hosting, but please be sure to take the necessary measures I’ve outlined here so you won’t suffer the consequences of being caught off guard!


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Not a bad idea. I actually went out and bought a external hard drive. The space is incredible 1 tera byte and it was less than 75 dollars as I can remember. Works great. No monthly fees. Great article Thanks Don

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