Cloud Storage Services I Use

cloud-storageBefore we get to this week’s Fab Friday Blog Share I thought I’d share tidbits about the cloud storage services that I use.

Recently I found myself once again backing up various computer files to multiple locations so that I don’t end up pulling my hair out should a hard drive decide to bite the dust. It’s happened a few times so I’ve learned to maintain at least two back-up resources for important folders, files, and documents.

If you’ve followed along here, you know that I’m a huge fan of WPTwin for creating clone files of my websites – you can read why in Tips for Cloning Your WordPress Site with WPTwin

But I also save many of the files for these sites, along with a sundry of documents, spreadsheets, images, and more to cloud storage locations. When I first started doing so I was like everyone else, asking the question “what is cloud storage?” If you are uncertain this is a great articled to read “How Cloud Storage Works”.

The cloud storage services I use and my reasons why –

  • Google Drive – Super easy drag and drop file transfer but you need to use your Google Chrome browser to transfer files. No problem for me as Google Chrome is my default browser anyhow.
  • Host Gator File Manager – I store selected files here for websites not hosted by Host Gator, remember you don’t want to store files on the same server that hosts your site in case service is compromised. I manage the file transfers through Filezilla and FTP.
  • iPage File Manager  –  Again the same reasons as with Host Gator but I can access my FTP address directly through Internet Explorer which makes it super easy to transfer files.
  • Just Cloud – I’ve just starting using the service of Just Cloud as it offers unlimited cloud storage, automated backups, data security, and I get 1 GB of free space as an iPage customer. I believe their pay plans start at $4.95 per month
  • Drop Box – I use the free set-up of this site and use it sparingly because it’s not as user friendly as others but it’s a super resource for businesses who transfer tons of data.

Bottom line reason to use cloud storage – It’s free to get started and all your files can be accessed at anytime and anywhere you can get an Internet connection.

Now for this week’s Fab Friday Blog Share –

1. You’ll like this – 12 Reasons to Integrate Visual Content Into Your Marketing Campaigns [Infographic] 

2. Some tips we know but – 6 Tips To Expand Your Blog Audience 

3. Do you do this? – SEO How-to: Optimize Your Blog’s Images 

4. Did you know MySpace was still around? – The Top 7 Social Media Marketing Trends Dominating 2014 

5. Are you making any of these mistakes? – The 15 Most Common WordPress Mistakes to Avoid 

This week’s Fab Friday Entertainment –

Since we’re talking about storing our stuff, I bring you –

George Carlin Talks About “Stuff”

What cloud storage service do you use?

 

Kindly,
Marilyn T

Comments

  1. I’m not a big fan of the cloud, perhaps I am just old fashioned! I do use Dropbox and Google Drive, mainly with clients transfering files over.
    Jan Kearney recently posted…This Week Online 27th July 2014My Profile

  2. I don’t use the cloud. Not really sure if it’s any safer than using a regular hard drive to back items up. What happens if the cloud goes down? There has to be a service that runs it right? All these questions prevent me from trying out the cloud.

    Sounds silly… Wonder how they came up with the name CLOUD for the storage? LOL
    Bonnie Gean recently posted…List Building Bundle PLR – Is It Worth Your Consideration? (Part 2/2)My Profile

    • That’s a good concern Bonnie, as the “cloud” is simply a bunch of data servers somewhere that indeed could go down just like a hard drive. What I like though about sites like Google Drive is that I can access my data from anywhere, as long as I remember to do the backups regularly.

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