Keeping Accounts Cheap

Sometimes being popular can be tough. We’re coming up on 3 million files hosted and our system is starting to get quite inundated on a daily basis. Not only is this load causing some slowness and errors at times, but it is raising our costs as well.

We have always been about offering our upgraded accounts at a very cheap level and were not planning on changing that. Don’t worry, we are NOT getting rid of our free account option and we are NOT raising our upgraded account cost. Phew, bet you thought we were gonna say that huh?

What we are going to do is simply lower the single file size limit on FREE accounts from 50mb to 10mb. This will ensure that we can keep our costs low and pass them on to our paying users. If you’d like, drop us a line to let us know your thoughts on the issue, thanks.

And remember, you can always upgrade to a 2GB account with a 200MB file limit for only $2 a month. We think that is a pretty cheap/fair price all in all.

Luke

2,000,000 Files …And Growing

Wow, only a few months back we reached one million files and now we’ve already reached two million. Wanted to give a big thanks to all of our users for supporting our little ‘experiment’. 2009 is going to be an amazing year for us and we’re finally going to be delivering those features that you’ve all been waiting for (multi-select, bulk download, file sharing, larger accounts, etc). Thanks again and drop us a line if you feel so inclined :)

Luke

Account Upgrade -Now Available!

We’ve finally launched our account upgrade feature. Thanks so much for your patience on this as we know that a lot of you were waiting for it. This feature allows you to upgrade the size of your account as well as the size of the files you upload for a small (seriously, it’s super small) monthly cost. To upgrade your account, simply click the ‘Upgrade’ link at the bottom right of your ‘Boks’.

We would love to get your feedback on this so please feel free to leave a comment. Thanks.

Luke

One Million Files

About a week ago we passed the one million mark of files hosted on DropBoks. This is sort of a big milestone for us. You see, since our inception we have always sort of gone against the grain in comparison to other online storage services out there. We didn’t have a thousand and one features. We didn’t have hundreds of employees. We didn’t have aspirations of making millions of dollars overnight. The main thing we had really was a belief that there were other people out there who shared our idea that simple is better. Turns out that our belief was correct. As of now we have users in over 18,000 cities across the world in over 200 countries!

I have to take this time to thank all of our users, you guys have been simply awesome. Your feedback helps us to create the end product that you want. Not just what we think you want. Keep up the good work and always feel free to ping us if you want to give a suggestion.

Oh yeah, and thanks for being patient on the upcoming features (Sharing & Bulk Download). We have been very busy and should have them out soon.

Oh, and P. S. DropBoks is only the beginning. We have some more web applications in the works ;)

Luke,
DropBoks Founder

We Need Your Feedback!

We are very close to finishing up our Upgrade feature. This will allow you to increase the size of your account as well as the maximum size if single files for a small monthly fee. Here is a list of the price breakdowns we’re going to be providing:

1GB Account (50MB max file size) – Free
1GB Account (100MB max file size) – $1/Month
2GB Account (200MB max file size) – $2/Month
3GB Account (300MB max file size) – $3/Month
4GB Account (400MB max file size) – $4/Month
5GB Account (500MB max file size) – $5/Month
10GB Account (1GB max file size) – $10/Month

But… our first iteration of the Upgrade feature will have only one of these prices, not all of them. The reason being that we want to test the system with a single price before we launch multiple pricing tiers.

What we would really like feedback on is which tier do you feel we should launch first. If you are in a position where you need to upgrade which of the options above would you pay for?

Since we launched our service we have listened very closely to our user base. It’s part of our philosophy to provide a service that people want to use, not a service that we think people want to use. Obviously this portion is no different.

Please leave quick comment, we can’t wait to hear from you.

Luke,
DropBoks Founder

Now available on Facebook

You can now access DropBoks through your Facebook page. Just click here to add it: [+Add to Facebook] Please let us know your thoughts and feedback. Oh, and feel free to leave a review or comment on the wall, thx.

You May Have Noticed Some Changes

So last week we finished our release of the ‘Multi’ feature. This allows you to select multiple files at the same time instead of one by one. This is a HUGE time saver when you are uploading more than one file. This feature also included progress bars for each file during upload. There were also some smaller clean-up type stuff that were added as well which you may notice. Hope you guys like it. Please let us know your thoughts :)

P.S. Some of you may notice that this entry is very similar to ‘The Big Push’. This is because we have now integrated the blog to the notice on the front page. Now everyone will see DropBoks News/Blog postings when they visit the site. We wanted all users to know about the new features, not just our blog followers.

The Big Push

Ok, so on Wed we pushed the new some major updates. The most notable being our ‘Multi’ feature that we’ve been working on for a while. In case you’re not familiar with this feature it basically allows you to select as many files as you like at once, thus no longer needing to tediously select files one by one. Also associated with this release is the progress bar for file uploads. No more spinning icon, now you can know the exact status of your files while they are uploading.

During this push we encountered a few bugs which we, for the most part, have fixed. There are a few users out there who are still experiencing some weird upload issues (we’re currently working with them to fix these), but for the most part everyone should be good to go.

We’ll be sending out our official newsletter letting everyone know about the new release. Ooh, almost forgot, there are a few minor updates as well, leave a comment if you can spot them ;)

Luke

We made PC World’s “101 Fantastic Freebies” list!

Ok, this is just plain cool. We got an email from PC World the other day letting us know that we made their prestigious “101 Fantastic Freebies” list. Yay us!

Check it out: 101 Fantastic Freebies

Medium Pimpin

We’ve been testing our new bulk-upload/progress-bar feature and it’s pretty pimped out if I do say so myself. Again, thanks so much to all of you for being patient. This feature has taken longer than we expected, but we just need to make sure we absolutely nail it at launch time. We’ll be emailing out our newsletter when the feature launches. Stay tuned.

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