This file hosting and sharing service, launched in 2006, is another older player in the file hosting market. DepositFiles offers free cloud file storage, and focuses on converting free users to their paid premium plan.
People who want to download the files on the free plan are encouraged to signup for the paid premium plan through the use of wait timers, captcha, speed limits, and heavy advertising. This method of generating revenue is intended to frustrate users into paying for the service, which as one might imagine, tends not to create the best user experience.
ShareByLink is an excellent free alternative to DepositFiles. It has no signups, no waiting to download, no captcha for safe files, no speed limits, and allows users to upload and download as many files as they like. The easy to use web tool makes it simple to get started with any internet-connected device.
DepositFiles’s upload system depends on the Flash browser plugin to work, which can unfortunately cause issues on many devices.
That said, the site does offer 10GB/file uploads, and a lengthy rolling 90 day file retention time. However, this 90 day period following each download is the only option, even for paid users. There is no option to permanently host files offered by DepositFiles at the time of writing.
The DespsitFiles service, despite the frustrations for free users, does have some interesting options for users looking to host files on a temporary basis.
What sets it apart from the rest:
DepositFiles offers large file upload sizes, and decent retention times for active links.
With so many free options on the market, it is difficult to justify the frustrations imposed on the free plan. The premium paid plan also offers no permanent hosting options.
Simon Lightstone is a programmer, blogger and contributor to the ShareByLink project.