Blogger platform has many advantages and disadvantages. And a Blogger account has some limitations too. Blogger provides us everything we need except the storage space for files. This is the main limitation for bloggers. We can upload our images and videos but not files. We may want to share e-books or some files to our readers. But if our blog is created on Blogger.com, we have no storage space for files.
How to avoid it?
Of course, as we all know we need to use a file hosting service. We need to store files in a cloud based file hosting service, get links and include them in blog posts.
Ok. What do the Free File Hosting Services do?
When you host your file in free file hosting services, you will not get its direct download link. Instead you will get the link to an intermediate page. This page has many banner ads and popup ads. Also there will be a download button in the page. But, when you click it to download, a timer will start counting and after the finishing the counting you will get a temporary download link. Mostly, the file being downloaded from this link does not support resume. Most of the users get irritated because of this type of free file hosting services. So we need a file hosting service which gives direct link or hotlink of files so that they can be included in blog posts or pages.
What is Hotlinking?
Hotlinking allows you to provide a direct download links of files on your website or blog. That means if someone clicks a file link, the file will be downloaded immediately. So there are no intermediate pages before downloading a file and no waiting time. This will make the users feel like as the files are hosted on your web server itself.
Free File Hosting Services Which Give Direct Link/Hot Link to File Download:
1. Ubuntu One
Here you can get a 5 GB free cloud storage. If you share files to public it can be directly downloaded by users. You can download PC client software to sync, take backup and share your files easily.
This is a great service especially for mp3 files. They provide you unlimited bandwidth, hotlinking and instant download features for your files. The storage space may be limited to some amount. I have read on a website about Kiwi6 that they give you unlimited storage and bandwidth for mp3 files whereas 2 GB storage, 100 MB maximum file size and 30 GB hotlinking per month for other files.
They offer 1 GB free storage and 100 MB maximum file size limit. But they limit the bandwidth to 5 GB per month.
4. Open Drive
This is also very famous one. Get free 5 GB storage and 1 GB bandwidth per day. The file size limit is 100 MB and the download speed is up to 200 KB/s. You can also download PC client software and upload file directly from your computer.
5. File to Link
Here, no limit in storage. We can upload and get links for as many files as we want. But the file size limit is 2 GB. Disadvantages are files don’t support resume and download speed is very low.
They offer 2 GB storage initially and we can get 500 MB per referral to increase the storage up to 18 GB. They offer a desktop client tool using which you can directly upload files from your computer by drag and drop.
Other Trustable Free File Hosting Services:
These services will not give you the feature of hotlinking files. But when you click the file link you will get the view page of it which has the content of the file. There you can download the file. But no advertisements and waiting time for the files to start the download. These services are widely used by webmasters.
1. Google Drive
We always trust Google’s products. So this is the best choice for us to host our files. We not only can host the files but also edit them online. When you share your files, others can download and share them. Also they can view the content of the files. For example, if the file is a zip file, they can view the files in the archive. Here in Google Drive you will get 5 GB file storage limit.
2. Sky Drive
This is from Microsoft. Get 7 GB free storage. This is also similar like Google Drive. You can store, edit and share files publicly.
Both services offer PC client software to sync your files to your cloud storage.
There are many free file hosting services available. But I only listed out the file hosting services that give direct download links for files or do not show advertisements in the intermediate pages of files before downloading. Choose a file hosting service according to your need.
If you find any file hosting service which fits to the theme of this article you shall include it in your comments.