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Iaxia
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01/09/17 06:37 AM (1 week ago)

Warning: Dropbox Public folders are becoming private

Just got an email from Dropbox - and the public folders are becoming "private." For me, the end date is March 15, 2017. I've added the relevant section of the email below.

Does anyone have any suggestions on best practices for streaming audiovideo and linking pdfhtml to your app?

I have tried using a "shared" link from dropbox but it doesn't appear to work... but more testing is required once I get on a better internet connection.

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As a result, we’ll soon be ending support for the Public folder. Dropbox Basic users will be able to use the Public folder until March 15, 2017. After that date the files in your Public folder will become private, and links to these files will be deactivated. Your files will remain safe in Dropbox.
 
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01/09/17 07:37 AM (1 week ago)
Genuinely, it's not really recommended to use a service like dropbox for app content. There have been occasions in the past where a rather popular app got shutdown because the content, hosted on Dropbox, violated user agreements.

Your best bet is to lease some server space, similar to a website. There may be other 'free' services available, just remember you get what you pay for. I've used Network Solutions, and am currently giving my money to Hostgator. But there are many different vendors, deals can be had, and no one solution fits all.

Good Luck!

Cheers!

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01/09/17 08:47 AM (1 week ago)
The other thing I heard somewhere is that Dropbox have been known to shut down the user's Dropbox account for using it in a manner that is not intended by them.

I don't know what type of files you need hosting, but it may be possible to save on your Buzztouch control panel area under "Files"

Otherwise, maybe try googling "free ftp hosting" if you want a free solution, but, like Smug, I have a host that I pay for where I can host such files - in my case ovh.

Cheers, Alan
 
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01/09/17 08:57 AM (1 week ago)
Cool - thanks for the info. I'll check them out.

Just curious - I assumed AWS would be the go-to. Any reason why you're not using them?

I've been mad at AWS since they sent me this in 2013. I suppose I know how to hold a grudge!


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Your volume experienced a failure due to multiple failures of the underlying hardware components and we were unable to recover it.
Although EBS volumes are designed for reliability, backed by multiple physical drives, we are still exposed to durability risks caused by concurrent hardware failures of multiple components, before our systems are able to restore the redundancy. We publish our durability expectations on the EBS detail page here (http://aws.amazon.com/ebs).
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01/09/17 09:58 AM (1 week ago)
Sorry.... but do you mean this?

http://www.hostgator.com/dedicated-server

Do you think I would need a dedicated server? That's what the support line at hostgator is suggesting. I was hoping I might get away with something cheaper... perhaps the business plan. Any suggestions?

http://www.hostgator.com/shared-compare
 
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01/09/17 10:08 AM (1 week ago)
If the performance with dropbox was adequate, dedicated hosting sounds like a ferrari compared to a mini; shared hosting would probably do.

I have used AWS, it seems to be OK, also an option.

The right answer depends on how popular your data is, how much of it you have, etc etc.
 
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01/09/17 03:22 PM (1 week ago)
Like AlanMac mentioned it probably depends on how popular the data is but I use Hostgator and have 2 or 3 folders on a website i use for apps to store pdf files and some images which get pulled into 4 of my apps. I chose the reseller plan but that was because I needed to be able to set up multiple sites each wuth their own control panel. For you I would suggest try one of the smaller packages like business or even cheaper but just keep an eye out for the bandwidth you have available with that plan because if your app has very high traffic/usage you may need a bigger bandwith availability, but Host gator do allow you to upgrade plans so you could start on a cheap plan and then increase as it was needed.

Hope this helps.

Sherry
 
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01/09/17 09:30 PM (6 days ago)
Great, thanks everyone.
 

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