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Websites of the Month

If you want to send a file to friends or family but it is too large to fit in an e-mail, don’t be dismayed, as there are a number of websites that can help by hosting your files for free. Read on to check out our favourite registration-free URLs...

www.spread-it.com|~|speadit.jpg|~||~|If you don’t want to share passwords, install software, create accounts or be plagued with full mailboxes, then Spread-It.com is for you. Simply select a file to send from your PC and enter your recipient’s e-mail ID and your own. Then click ‘Upload’; your file will be stored on Spread-It’s servers and the site will e-mail you and your pal the relevant link. Once the file has been downloaded, you’ll receive another mail with a clickable link to delete your file.

File size limit:500Mbytes
Download limit:Unlimited
File life:14 days. ||**||www.megashares.com|~|MEGASHARE.jpg|~||~|Megashares is currently in beta form and like Spread-it offers you the chance to upload and store documents on its servers without pre-registration. The site also offers a Custom Uploader, which is essentially a java plug-in that runs in your browser. This lets you copy and paste files into the applet and even drag entire folders into it. On the whole, a very fast hosting site with gigabytes to spare.

File size limit:1.5Gbytes
Download limit:Unlimited
File life:25 days (after which files are automatically deleted).||**||http://mooload.com|~|mooload.jpg|~||~|If you’re looking for a barebones file hosting site, then point your browser to http://mooload.com. Here’s how it works: once you’ve uploaded your file to the site’s server you will be directed to a web page featuring a link to your file, which you can then e-mail to friends or co-workers. Although Moolad’s upload process isn’t quite as fast as Megashares.com’s, it’s still plenty fast enough.

File size limit:500Mbytes
Download limit:Unlimited
File life:30 days (after which files are automatically deleted).

||**||www.bigupload.com|~|bigupload.jpg|~||~|Bigupload.com, like the rest of the sites featured here, is registration-free. All you need to do is browse for the file you wish to upload, enter a friend’s e-mail address and hit ‘Upload’. You’ll then see a progress bar showing the status of your upload as it’s going through. Once your file has been uploaded, you’ll be directed to a page displaying details of your file such as its size, name and its relevant URL.

File size limit:300Mbytes
Download limit:Unlimited
File life:30 days (after which files are automatically deleted).||**||

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