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We’re Different: Reason One – File Storage

We’re Different: Reason One – File Storage

Coming over the next Ten Weeks Stephen K from BWF Management gives ten reasons why we are different. It’s our mission to prove to you, why our way of providing web hosting may be better and give you as our American Friends would say  best value for your ‘web hosting dollar’

In this blog post Stephen K explains how our shared hosting (Business and Standard) gives a lot more value than some other providers by not placing any restrictions on what you can host.

When we designed our Shared Hosting plans we wanted to design something that gave a realistic amount of storage space for the price charged without jumping on the ‘Unlimited’ bandwagon.

When you buy our BWFs2 Plan for example at £34.99 + VAT per year you are buying 25 GB storage space and it is entirely up to you what you do with that space.

Some providers place restrictions on what you can do with your hosting space.  We do not place any restrictions!  If you want to use 1% of your space for your website and email and 99% for file storage then that’s fine with us!

Let’s say you want to install ‘OwnCloud’ from Softaculous and use your shared hosting as a disk storage service similar to Dropbox with Mac, PC and Linux plugins and iPhone and Android Apps that’s fine with us!  Whatever space not used by your website and email can be used for file storage

Example Number One – Hostgator

This snapshot was taken from their Terms of Service at 1pm on Thursday 18 June 2013 and as you can see Hostgator would not allow file sharing on their shared hosting

      Using a shared account as a backup/storage device is not permitted, with the exception of one cPanel backup of the same account. Please do not take backups of your backups.

Example Number Two – Another Belfast Based Shared Hosting Provider

A local competitor based in Belfast offering similar services to us has this in their terms of service taken at 2pm on Thursday 18 June 2013 and as you can see this provider would not allow file storage on their shared hosting

      …use of servers for backup of files unrelated to the web site of the account….are subject to immediate suspension and/or termination without notice.

Example Number Three – GoDaddy

GoDaddy offer unlimited storage but place strict limitations on what can be stored.  They limit the number of actual files allowed as well.  From their terms of service pasted below file storage is not allowed on their shared hosting:

      Your website may not include any of the following content: (7) backups of content from another computer or website

When you host with us we place no restrictions on what you can do with your storage space.  Pay for 100GB space for £93.99 + VAT per year and that is exactly what you get!  You get 100GB disk space to use as you see fit for your hosting, email AND file storage!

We wanted to introduce you to a really cool tool that can help you put your hosting space to good use and over the coming weeks we will have a bunch of tutorials available on how to use this free and open source package.

Introducing:  ownCloud

ownCloud is a free and open source script that is now available for easy install from Softaculous in Your Cpanel.  Have ‘Your Cloud, Your Data, Your Way’ stored in a location you control (your hosting account) and accessed through a number of platforms:

  • Web Based Interface

  • Mac Sync Client – Use your OwnCloud drive as if it were a local drive

  • Windows Sync Client – Use your OwnCloud drive as  if it were a local drive

  • iOS App – available from the App Store

  • Android  App – available from the Play Store

ownCloud gives you universal access to your files through a web interface or WebDAV.  It is made simple by the availability of sync apps.  Take a look at some of the features:

http://owncloud.org/features/

Look how easy it is to install this software on your shared hosting account

Step 1: Log in to your cPanel account.

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Step 2: Launch Softaculous 

This button can be found at the very bottom of the cPanel page

This button can be found at the very bottom of the cPanel page

Step 3: Install ownCloud

Navigate to the ‘File Management’ tab and the first script in the list should be ownCloud. Click the logo and on the install tab fill out the following form.

Please choose a strong password!

Click the ownCloud logo then on the install tab fill out the following form.] Please choose a strong password!

Step 4: Enjoy ownCloud 

Follow the on-screen help to make the most out of your ownCloud install.

Follow the on-screen help to make the most out of your ownCloud install.

*Note: If you see a message telling you to disable magic quotes, please open a support ticket and we will resolve this issue for you.

* Standard shared hosting RAP (Resource Abuse Policy) still applies but most standard users should be able to use this without any issues