There is much, much more to a website than the image you want to deliver to the public.
Many of our clients are using their websites to make large downloads available to staff as well as customers. The options are almost limitless and range from the very simple to the very complex.
Normally, FTP would be the choice for large file transfers. It is a fast and efficient protocol that performs at ten times the speed of an HTTP download and many, many times faster for upload, but it comes with the technical challenge of having to support all of your end users running software that they are not familiar with.
We can custom build an application to your specific needs or adapt one of our existing applications to your requirements.
Access can be limited by username and password, where file destinations are sorted into client folders visible only to your admiinistrator or the specific client, or perhaps you don't want the client to see even their own files. Either scenario is easily accomplished.
Simple File Management
This application uses classic ASP to allow clients to upload files to the webserver. It is perfect for a graphics or print shop or any other company whose clients need to transfer large files to them. There is a built in limitation of 2 Megabytes in Classic ASP but we have tested this application with files over 100 megabytes in size. Ideally though you would want your files under 20 Meg due to the restrictions on your own internet connection and the resulting amount of time the upload will take.
Take it for a spin here: Upload App. Note: For security reasons the sample upload is limited to .txt and .pdf files only with a maximum file size of 10 Meg.
Once you have uploaded a sample file, retrieval and even file deletion can also be accomplished with just a web browser. File Management
The system can also be easily integrated with FTP for administration and more advanced end users.
For files under 10 Meg, it can also be easily adapted to email the file directly to any email address (or addresses).
Advanced File Management
Ideal for Intranet Applications or wherever file security is important.
One of the problems with making your files available online is that once they are out there - you have little or no control over where they end up. You can secure access to the page that they are linked from, but you cannot secure the actual PDF or Word document so once someone has logged into your site to retrieve the files, they can find the address to that file directly and bypass your security easily. Before you know it, your file will be everywhere!
This ASP.Net application uses code to obscure the link to the actual file - which does not even have to reside on the webserver itself. File retrieval via the web is ONLY possible through the application itself because the actual location of the file is never divulged.
File display is in a heirarchical folder format where the top level user can see all folders and sub-folders but a lower level user can see only their own folders and subfolders.
Examples of where this approach would be useful include:
- Company Intranet
- Admin sees all
- Board of Directors have their own folder
- Management has their own folder
- Sales Employees have their own folder
- Service Employees have their own folder
- Management is via a combination of FTP for file uploading by the Administrator and an online interface for managing user accounts.
- Directors and Managers can have full access to all sub-folders without necessarily having Adminitrative access.
You can view a sample at the link below. This is a limited demo, with no access to the Account Administration.
There are 3 Access Levels in this demo.
File Management Demo Login
Either of these applications can be deployed on a public web server or your private Intranet.