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virtualcomposer
01-10-2011, 05:19 PM
I'm using Lunar Pages right now but I'm paying $120 a year and I don't have any ability to have an online ftp when sending or receiving info. I usually either have to send them a DVD+R, meet them, or load it on to a thumb drive. Pain in the butt. I called Lunar Pages and they said they don't have an ftp capable system. I really need a great host company that has an online file folder ability. Any ideas?

Hopper
01-10-2011, 05:28 PM
I use Linode (http://www.linode.com/). It's about twice that ($19.95/mo for entry level), but you get an entire server. Full control at the OS level, create OS images, backups, whatever apps you want, templates for web servers, 3 tier, basically whatever you want. It's basically a personal hosted Linux box. There are quite a few others, but I happen to like them. Customer service is awesome and you can control your servers from your iPhone/Droid. I have 4 small web sites off of one system (avg 10-30k hits/day) and they run fast and smooth.

Entry level specs for basic Linux VM

RAM: 512MB
Storage: 16GB
Transfer:200GB

More than enough for small to medium traffic web systems.

calilifestyle
01-10-2011, 05:30 PM
squarespace maybe they have dropbox ability from what i can see

UnCommonGrafx
01-10-2011, 05:34 PM
Did they get rid of the ftp capabilities of their control panel?
But I don't believe what you ask for is what you want. I believe what you want is a system that has a friendly front-end for clients who might not be so tech savvy: you sure as heck don't want them bothering with an ftp client.
I would need to check but lunarpages does let you set up ftp areas for people through your website. I've done it, but some time ago. IF you know your way around html or flash, you could design your own interface for clients and keep it a bit closer to the breast, as it were.

Good luck with your search. I'm curious as to what you find.

UnCommonGrafx
01-10-2011, 05:35 PM
Nice info, Hopper.

Hopper
01-10-2011, 05:36 PM
IF you know your way around html or flash, you could design your own interface for clients and keep it a bit closer to the breast, as it were.
Good point. If you have access to run some basic code (I'm not familiar with LunarPages) .. that would be the first option to look at - for simplicity sake.

UnCommonGrafx
01-10-2011, 05:41 PM
You used to.
It's been so long since I've cared about a website that I forget about my own...
That said, any time you can run code on the box, which you can at Lunar, you can set up your own dropbox system. (Thanks for the term.)
I'm old school. Clip art is evil: build it all yourself or it won't mean as much! hahah I only half mean that... I think... rambling off...

Hopper
01-10-2011, 05:44 PM
I'm old school. Clip art is evil: build it all yourself or it won't mean as much! hahah I only half mean that... I think... rambling off...
...and if it wasn't created using only Notepad... you're not a "real" webmaster... :D

OnlineRender
01-10-2011, 05:45 PM
free file space at www.3djunkies.net , nothing exciting atm , ability to create folders and upload files ,photogallery blog ect :) just saying :rock:

Hopper
01-10-2011, 05:47 PM
free file space at www.3djunkies.net , nothing exciting atm , ability to create folders and upload files ,photogallery blog ect :) just saying :rock:
OnlineRender <--- :boogiedow:rock:

cresshead
01-10-2011, 05:53 PM
we use https://www.humyo.com for hosting the animatics and rough edits and accociated lightwave scenes/renders for Venus Rises.

we just use the free version limit is around 5gb i think


for a few of my websites i use heartinternet.co.uk they have a good control panel [i helped build it when i worked there in 2008]
an they have web ftp as well.

to make web pages i use xara extreme as it's very cheap, works just like corel draw and is completley wysiwyg unlike nightmare weaver.

virtualcomposer
01-10-2011, 07:20 PM
Hey thanks everyone. I think what I meant to say is that I'm looking for a reliable web host that has an online file folder capability. I create everything with Photoshop and Dreamweaver, and at this point I'm uploading the site and changes to Lunar Pages but they specifically told me they don't have an online file folder. I need a company that gives me the capability to upload stuff to clients from home. Maybe a 10GB space. I also don't want to pay $120 a year just to have a host. Of course I'm buying the url as well.

Maxx
01-10-2011, 07:39 PM
I'm sorry, I think I'm not understanding what you're looking for. Can you not simply create a new directory on your existing server, password protect it, send the link and the username/password combo to your client, and upload content to that directory via FileZilla or other ftp program?

virtualcomposer
01-10-2011, 07:40 PM
I'm sorry, I think I'm not understanding what you're looking for. Can you not simply create a new directory on your existing server, password protect it, send the link and the username/password combo to your client, and upload content to that directory via FileZilla or other ftp program?

I guess I could but I just don't know how to do it that well. I know godaddy has an online file folder. Anybody have anything like that?

Maxx
01-10-2011, 08:21 PM
I guess I could but I just don't know how to do it that well. I know godaddy has an online file folder. Anybody have anything like that?
Check here (http://wiki.lunarpages.com/Plesk_File_Manager) for information on creating and password protecting new directories. This page (http://wiki.lunarpages.com/Password_Protect_a_Directory) describes in greater detail how to password protect your newly created directory.

What I do is create a new directory for each client. From the Control Panel (Plesk or cPanel in your case), I password protect the directory, then convey the user name and password to the client via e-mail or phone. When I finish a deliverable for that client, I upload it to their directory and let them know they need to log in to the directory to view it. They can then review the project and e-mail changes or comments.

Please note that as described in the first link, if you do not have an ftp program to upload files, the Plesk File Manager or cPanel control panel can act as one. Though honestly, you'll find life easier if you use an ftp program like FileZilla or CuteFTP.

Silkrooster
01-10-2011, 10:27 PM
Filezilla is an excellent program. and its free. But any web browser can act as an ftp program.

OnlineRender
01-11-2011, 01:02 AM
I used to use cuteftp until Filezilla came out , which is what I now use 90% if the time . you can also use internet explorer to browse ftp: although I suggest using a real browser .

why don't you just buy cheap hosting server for $10 a year and use it's ftp function ?.

that way you get web space and hosting abilities .

Titus
01-11-2011, 03:17 PM
I'm using Lunar Pages right now but I'm paying $120 a year and I don't have any ability to have an online ftp when sending or receiving info. I usually either have to send them a DVD+R, meet them, or load it on to a thumb drive. Pain in the butt. I called Lunar Pages and they said they don't have an ftp capable system. I really need a great host company that has an online file folder ability. Any ideas?

How about dropbox?

4dartist
01-11-2011, 03:38 PM
I guess I could but I just don't know how to do it that well. I know godaddy has an online file folder. Anybody have anything like that?

I use www.godaddy.com for my hosting. Just get a cheap domain, and hosting.

It gives you really good options for sharing files with clients.
1. Create their own FTP folder, and give them a link that'll bring them right to it. Enabling read, write, or whatever you want.
ftp://login:[email protected]/

OR

2. You can also create folders on there, and just turn on password protection, so to access the page they have to log in. Or just create the folder for the world to see, either way. Once you have the folder, you can just use free scripts to list files in it. I use this one.
http://www.evoluted.net/community/code/directorylisting.php

Setting up FTP users or protected folders is done via a pretty nice controlpanel godaddy has setup. Creating basic folders can just be done with normal FTP use.

If you go that rout just PM me any questions, I'll help you out.

dwburman
01-11-2011, 07:25 PM
I switched to InMotionHosting.com last year and so far I'm quite happy with them.

precedia
01-12-2011, 12:32 AM
I really need a great host company that has an online file folder ability. Any ideas?

I use Google App Engine, Google Docs, and Google Sites. It's all free.

http://www.google.com/apps/intl/en/business/index.html
http://www.google.com/sites/help/intl/en/overview.html
http://www.google.com/google-d-s/tour1.html

The negative is that Google limits Docs to a total of 1GB. Google App Engine limits individual file sizes to 25MB. If you can live with Google's file size constraints but like the free price tag and use of Google's server farms, it's not a bad deal.

My personal blog is hosted for free on Google App Engine (http://daniel.lanovaz.org). My personal e-mail (daniel at lanovaz.org) is also hosted by Google for free; domain-specific gmail.

Google docs (http://docs.lanovaz.org).
Google sites (http://sites.lanovaz.org) -- I don't really use this in favor of Google App Engine, but it has a built-in file sharing subsystem.

Basically you buy the domain (yourdomain.com) and Google hosts the e-mail, file, and web services, all for free. You can pay, however, for increased limits (bandwidth, file storage, e-mail storage) on a sliding scale.

I really wish Google would lift the large file size limitation, however.

Daniel

dickbill
05-06-2014, 04:51 PM
3 years later....I resurrect this thread.
same question and same requirement (password accessible folder, etc.) Anything new?
I plan to use Yahoo small business ($5/month for unlimited storage and unrestricted acess) mostly because all my email accounts are already in yahoo. But I see that 'ipage', 'web.com' or 'bluehost' get even better reviews .

Any bad feelings with Yahoo here?

spherical
05-06-2014, 09:23 PM
Pair Networks. Been with them ever since Best Internet in Mountain View got Borged by Zerio back in 2000. Researched these guys a long time. When teh time came, I jumped ship. We started with shared and moved up to a dedicated server.

Here's the link to their shared plans: http://www.pair.com/services/web_hosting/

Lowest tier is $5.95/mo
15GB dedicated disk space w/backups
75GB/mo transfer
15 MySQL databases
500 mailboxes
10 additional FTP logins
5 mailing lists running on Mailman
Dedicated IP#
SSL enabled
Good tech support 24/hrs

Next tier up is $9.95/mo
Double everything but mailboxes, FTP logins and mailing lists.