How To Upload Larger Files?

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I have a bit of a problem with my upcoming product. My product includes a main manual (PDF), an additional manual (PDF), and then a 3 hour audio course.

The 3 hour audio course is what is causing me problems. I'm not sure how to deliver it to my customers as it is around 170 mb. The problem with this is that HostGator only allows uploads of 25 mb at a single time. Many of the individual tracks are over 25 mb by themselves.

So, my question to you is if it is possible to somehow override this upload limit? And if not what would be the best solution for delivering this content to my customers?

Any help is much appreciated.
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Wilkinson
    Max,

    If HostGator only allow you to upload 25 mb at a single time. Then one way around this problem would be to open another hosing account (eg with GoDaddy etc) and host all of your products there.

    You could then use a secure product delivery system such as dlguard for all of your products (present and future) no matter where the original sales page/website is hosted.

    Hope this helps
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    • Profile picture of the author Max Ramocsai
      So there is no possible way to get around the 25 mb limit? Also, are there any services which are specifically designed to host your files as opposed to regular web hosting?

      I've heard of Amazon S3 before but I'm not too sure as to how a service like that works.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kim Standerline
      Criky

      I wouldn't touch Godaddy hosting with the proverbial bargepole, it's far too restrictive.

      Kim

      Originally Posted by Chris Wilkinson View Post

      Max,

      If HostGator only allow you to upload 25 mb at a single time. Then one way around this problem would be to open another hosing account (eg with GoDaddy etc) and host all of your products there.

      You could then use a secure product delivery system such as dlguard for all of your products (present and future) no matter where the original sales page/website is hosted.

      Hope this helps
      Chris W
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  • Profile picture of the author SteveJohnson
    Another thing - if you are anticipating any kind of sales volume at all, HostGator (and GoDaddy, and any other shared hosting provider) is going to cut you off at the knees because of the bandwidth you'll be using.

    Investigate storing/serving you media files on Amazon S3.
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    • Profile picture of the author Max Ramocsai
      Originally Posted by SteveJohnson View Post

      Another thing - if you are anticipating any kind of sales volume at all, HostGator (and GoDaddy, and any other shared hosting provider) is going to cut you off at the knees because of the bandwidth you'll be using.

      Investigate storing/serving you media files on Amazon S3.
      I posted my last post before seeing yours. Could you elaborate on Amazon S3 and how it works?

      Also, just to make things clear. This isn't an IM related product and I'm not expecting a huge surge of visitors. It's a product that I have been continuously working on a refining and one that I expect to be done relatively soon.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gene Pimentel
    Amazon S3 is the way to go. Super cheap bandwidth, extremely high throughput, reliable. This was designed exactly for the reason you need it. You'll save your own hosting account bandwidth while providing a much better user experience. Read about it here: http://aws.amazon.com/s3/
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    • Profile picture of the author Max Ramocsai
      Ok, so I did a quick look at Amazon S3's pricing. And from what I gathered, if I'm using less than a GB per month in bandwidth then I'm only paying $.15 per month. Is this right?

      So say I'm getting 50 sales per month (very optimistic at this point as I haven't done any marketing) and each customer downloads the audio course which is around 170 mb. That would mean I would use around 8 GB which would mean only $1.20.

      If this is correct then that is pretty damn ridiculous.
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      • Profile picture of the author Gene Pimentel
        Originally Posted by Max Ramocsai View Post

        Ok, so I did a quick look at Amazon S3's pricing. And from what I gathered, if I'm using less than a GB per month in bandwidth then I'm only paying $.15 per month. Is this right?

        So say I'm getting 50 sales per month (very optimistic at this point as I haven't done any marketing) and each customer downloads the audio course which is around 170 mb. That would mean I would use around 8 GB which would mean only $1.20.

        If this is correct then that is pretty damn ridiculous.
        Exactly. There's nothing more to think about. It really is that basic.
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        • Profile picture of the author Max Ramocsai
          Thanks guys, I appreciate the help.
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  • Profile picture of the author SteveJohnson
    Yeah, what Gene said.

    Shared hosting wasn't really meant for gigantic files.

    Amazon will love you, HostGator will love you, your customers will love you.
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