FileShareHQ.com is a file hosting and sharing site designed for creative professionals and business users. In addition to providing password-protected file storage via the web, users can upload and download files via FTP. Each account has an FTP address, which can be accessed using the user’s password for the site. Files can be conveniently organized into folders, and can be shared with other users simply by providing the URL or FTP address to the file.
A free account allows for up to 2 users and a total of 1GB of storage. Filesizes on the site are limited to 1GB. The site features a convenient top menu bar for navigation. Entries on the menu bar include Folders, Users, FTP settings, My Details, and Account Settings. Users can be added by the master account holder at any time. With a paid Business account, users can create a custom-branded site for their clients.Show more screenshots »
FileShareHQ was founded by the UK design agency Slipstream Studio in January 2009. The site was launched as a free service, with the paid services being added shortly after launch.
Competition to FileShareHQ comes from sites such as Dropsend, Box.net, and YouSendIt. DropSend provides more storage with a free account, and has lower overall pricing on paid plans than FileShareHQ. Dropsend also has a larger number of users than FileShareHQ, with an Alexa page rank below 50,000. Box.net features online collaboration as well as file sharing and storage. Box.net users can add comments, assign tasks and start discussions. YouSendIt offers a 2GB filesize limit, and allows users to track who has accessed their files.
The FileShareHQ site has a very clean and uncluttered look and feel. There is a minimum of links on each page, and the interface is very user-friendly. The site is very responsive, and page loads are almost instantaneous. Navigation is intiuitve and file download and upload speeds are excellent via both Internet and FTP access.
Registration at FileShareHQ is free and is required to use the site. The registration process asks for name, username, password, a name for the URL to access files, email address and password. Validation of the email address is not required. Whenever the master user adds a new user, they are prompted for name, username, password and email address.
There are four levels of paid membership available to the FileShareHQ site – Personal, Pro, Heavyweight and Business. The Personal membership increases the number of users to 5 and the amount of storage to 2GB. The Pro membership increases the number of users to 10 and the storage space to 20GB. The Heavyweight membership increases the number of users to 20 and the storage space to 50GB. The Business membership increases the number of users to 100 and the storage space to 100GB. Prices for the memberships are $5, $9, $19 and $49 for the Personal, Pro, Heavyweight and Business memberships respectively. Each of the paid memberships includes a 1-month free trial. The site accepts Mastercard, Visa and American Express as payment for premium memberships.
The FileShareHQ site is recommended to individuals and businesses who need a solution for the online sharing of content with their clients, employees or friends. A free account provides enough storage space for casual users, and there is a membership plan that fits most anyone’s storage needs. The site is very easy to use, and the FTP access is a big plus – FTP access is not provided by most of the competition.