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Alternatives To Hosting Registration
Author Note: Since this article was written about 2 years ago, and just published now, some of these websites no longer exist, or have changed, but have been left in to preserve their memory.
In the quest of The Art of Not Blogging and The Art of Not Hosting Images, I have written about finding things that don’t require commitment in the form of registration, signing up, or putting in personal information, especially email addresses. There are plenty of websites where I can completely understand why registration is required and information is needed, but for the most part, it is hard to fathom what websites are doing with this information, if anything, and it is just software requirements that need input to create generic IDs and profiles for people.
For those who worry about security issues, the “administrator”, “owner”, or “webmaster” of any website can see who exists and information about their users. This is the main concern for people who might refuse or fear signing up for a website. The administrator can technically see basic information inside each individual user profile, while the frameworks of most advanced websites do actually encrypt certain types of data, such as passwords, credit cards numbers, and other personal and identifying information, if necessary.
The main reason for most websites to require registration information is to create an account with all of your personal information for you personally and no one else. If you are making backups, maintaining a personal identity online, or just storing files or images, for your own personal keep, than it makes sense for the user to setup a profile and return back to it at any time. However, this is not always the case and there are plenty of people just looking for quick uploads, quick storage, and quick download or display of files.
This article was written for those people who are looking for all the storage without any of the commitment. Avoid the registration forms, avoid the hassle, avoid ending up inside of a weird backend of a website with a personal profile you never wanted, where you must choose your fate, and avoid giving out personal information, especially an email address and phone number.
The review of these websites are fairly brief and to the point, to explain how they look and what they do. For any website that had optional registration, I did not sign up, as I wrote this article for that very reason: avoiding the signup and registration process, specifically to avoid giving out my email address.
filedropper.com is a very simple file hosting system to use with optional registration. The max file upload is 5 GB. Upload your file and receive a personal share link along with an embed code. The website emphasizes not to upload files that contain personal information, as anyone can guess a link. No delete link is offered, but files are deleted after 30 days of inactive download activity.
free-uploading.com offers optional registration, but has a policy of no pornography, sexual images, etc. Once the file is selected, a description can be written, an email can be entered, where the link will be sent, a password can be chosen. After the file is uploaded, a link is provided in direct link, HTML, and BBCode format, along with a delete link.
dropcanvas.com offers optional registration. Files are known as a canvas. Uploads are limited to 1 GB and are deleted after 3 days of inactive download activity. Once the file is uploaded, you have the option to give the file a title on the website. A share link is also given, with the ability to embed and share it via Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, or email. The ability to modify the link is also given, which upon visiting, allows you to delete or rename the file.
wetransfer.com sits behind a secure https and offers optional registration for a pro account, which offers additional customization. Free accounts offer a 2 GB file size limit. Upon uploading a file, there are two options: enter in a to and from email address, and a message or just grab a link. Files are kept for 7 days.
filerio.in offers optional registration with 1000 MB file size limit. Upon choosing a file, you may set a description. After the file has been uploaded, a direct link, HTML link, and forum code, along with a delete link is offered. Hotlinking to files is not allowed. After a certain time period of inactive download activity, files are deleted, but the website does not state exactly when this occurs.
dropsend.com has optional registration and allows you to send a file of up to 4 GB to any email address with a message and 5 sends per month.
sendspace.com is behind a secure https and offers optional registration and 300 MB file size limit. Upon choosing a file, you can add an email address which will receive a link to the file. After uploading, you can share your file on VKontakte, Twitter, and Facebook. A direct link, HTML link, and forum code are offered with a delete link.
attachedin.com is behind a secure https and offers uploads of up to 2 GB for free. You can choose to email your file or get a direct link. Files are stored for up to 14 days. After the file is uploaded, a link will be given along with the ability to share the link on social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, Google Plus, Pinterest, and LinkedIn. Once the download link is visited, you will have to wait a minute before being able to download the file, unless you Like the website, attachedin.com on Facebook. You will also be informed about the deletion date of your file.
ge.tt offers optional registration and up to 250 MB file size limit. Files are deleted after 30 days. After uploading the file, it is placed into an album, where you can give it a title. You are given a direct link and can also share the file on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus. The option to add more files to the album is offered and a delete link may be clicked on to delete the file. The album will remain, so you can always return back to the random link and upload more files.
tinyupload.com has no registration and offers up to a 50 MB file size limit. Once a file is uploaded, it can be stored forever, but will be deleted after 100 days of inactive download activity. Make sure that you disable your popup blocker, as a window will popup letting you know the progress of your file upload status. Upon uploading, a link and a deletion link are given. No social media sharing options are available.
expirebox.com offers no registration, up to 150 MB file size limit, and 2 days of storage. Upon uploading a file, a link and deletion link is given. A password to download the file can be set, along with the amount of days the file will delete, from 0 to 2 days. You can also choose to delete the file after a certain amount of downloads, up to 100 downloads. The file can also be sent by link via email from the same page.
fileconvoy.com has no registration. File size limit is 3029 MB or about 3 GB. You may choose an option to have your file self-destruct in 2 hours all the way up to 28 days. You may also enter in your email address to receive notifications. After the file is uploaded, you will be given a direct link to download the file. You will also be warned when your file is going to be deleted.
justbeamit.com offers no registration and the download link is only valid for 10 minutes and can only be used once. Afterwards, the link becomes invalid. After the file is uploaded, you are given a direct link and a QR Code.
sharesend.com was originally for the Mac OS X app, but offers online services. It has no registration and API is available. 100 MB file size limit. Once a file is uploaded, a random download link is generated. There is option to delete the file and no mention of how long it is stored.
BinCDN offers CDN image storage hosting with a very affordable 100 GB, 500 GB, or 1 TB plan. While registration is required, storage pricing comes at one of the most affordable on the Internet. BinCDN allows you to see your cache including the tracking of visitors, such as where they are from, which server the data was retrieved from, who referred them, the browser they are using, and more. BinCDN even offers an API service if you wish to develop your own BinCDN tools.