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Dropbox – store, sync, and share files online

Dropbox is a file service which uses cloud computing to enable users to backup and share files and folders with others across the Internet using file synchronization.

Why We Recommend and Use Dropbox

  • File sharing is a flexible, easy way to share information without using email.
  • Any file you put into a Dropbox folder is automatically backed up to their servers. By default, Dropbox keeps 30 days of history for all your files, so even if you’ve deleted a file from your Dropbox you can still restore it.
  • The free 2GB account is perfect for backing up smaller files and documents but you may wish to move to a larger paid account (up to 100GB) for backing up more and bigger files.
  • You can also get more space by inviting your friends. For every friend you refer to Dropbox, you’ll both get 500 MB of bonus space (up to a limit of 16 GB).
  • Putting crucial files in Dropbox as an off-site backup is very wise. Dropbox may just save your bacon — or your files, at least.
  • Some WordPress backup plugins can backup to Dropbox.

Getting Started with Dropbox

  1. Use this link to get Dropbox.
  2. When you click on the link, you’ll land at a Welcome to Dropbox page. Sign up for your Dropbox account and create a username and password. Click “Create account” once you’ve filled in your details.
  3. When you’ve created your account, the Dropbox download should automatically start within seconds.
    1. Run the Dropbox installer: Click on the exe.file that downloaded in the lower left corner of your browser window
    2. Click “yes” to accept changes
    3. Follow the setup instructions
  4. When Dropbox is installed it will add a little icon down in the bottom right of your taskbar and place another icon on your desktop.
  5. Now right click on the taskbar icon then select launch Dropbox website. A new tab should open in your browser. This is where you will store your folders.

How to create a folder

From your home in the Dropbox website,  you can create folders for every project you want to store in the cloud.

  1. Right-click on the Dropbox icon in the left-hand corner of the site.
  2. A drop down menu will appear. Click on it – a new folder will appear that you will name.

Once you have created the folder,  share it with your web designer, colleague, business partner …

How to share folders with collaborators

  1. Hover your mouse over your new folder, highlighting it to blue and right click.  A drop down list will appear. From the list select invite to folder.
  2. Click invite to folder and a share window will popup. Enter the email addresses of those you want to invite and send a little note with the email.
  3. You will be notified when they have accepted your invitation. 

Watch this video for a better understanding of Dropbox:

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