It was something my boss mentioned that triggered this whole hair pulling experience.
He wanted to know if we could utilize a professional looking section in our website that looked like yousendit.com which provided our affiliates and clients with a section in our website for them to download their files from. Being a little more tech savvy than the average individual I went and researched the issue and came up with two solutions.
- You get a membership with a website like yousendit.com and maybe spend an average of $3,000 per year because we’ll need multiple users on the system
- Purchase a php script for around $200 and install it on our servers and have our clients download the files from us directly instead of paying yousendit.com to host our files.
I was definitely pro the second option since that meant that I would save our company money and we don’t often have to use this website based application so it wont be too big a burden on our measly middle eastern internet bandwidth and we don’t have to abide by any company’s storage limit since it will be hosted on our servers.
Then it struck me that it would be a great thing for my voice over business website to have a nice professional looking download area for my clients. I mean I am sure they would appreciate a professional looking site that was:
1. easy to use
2. professional looking
With a budget of 0$ and close to no knowledge of how to install a php website I started looking for free php scripts (I stumbled on the fact that that was what I needed to run my file download section).
For the past 2 or 3 days now I’ve been testing this and finally came across a free script called W2box.
here is a demo of what your download section will look like if you install it on your server:
That specific page allows for anonymous users to upload files. With a little tweaking in the php I was able to make it so only I can upload and the section only provides my clients with just a nice looking download area. (apparently modifying it isn’t a problem because they tell you what to do but coming up with the code is close to impossible with my lack of programming knowledge)
I am still not happy with what I’ve found… I’d love to have a more customized look and feel to the page… but compared to what I had before … which is only a link that was impersonal and might not even work due to a possible typo … its a bit better.
Installing the script is actually quite easy if you are able to log onto your site using ftp. You will need to put it in a folder in your root directory (public_html) I would suggest you call that folder (downloads) or (uploads) and with the w2box script its as easy as just placing the files into that folder (not the root … rather the new download file) … when you point your browser to that section … lets say www.yoursitename.com slash downloads then you will see the folder system that can be seen in the url I mentioned above for the w2box demo.
Here is my question to you guys…
how do you present your audio files to your clients? Do you:
a. Email them large files
b. Upload the files to their servers?
c. Use websites like yousendit.com?
d. Upload the files to your website server? and if so do you use a web based application to make your download section look professional?
This article might seem a little techy so if you have any questions or want me to simplify any part of it for you please don’t hesitate to ask.
Also… yes I left out the URL for the download section on my website on purpose… its for my clients only.