What is the best way to host and deliver large files?  

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(@perry)
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03/11/2016 5:26 pm  

I’m a freelancer and my work involve delivering large project files to clients after job completion. I have a hosting account, but can’t use it to deliver file all the time because sometimes there are zip files larger than 2-3 Gb. I’m currently using a VPS for big files. Just wandering if there is a better way to server my project files.

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(@perry)
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03/11/2016 5:29 pm  

I use $49.99 VPS from Beyondhosting


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Tharindu
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03/11/2016 5:31 pm  

In my opinion the best way to server large files is to use a CDN service. It's simple enough and cheap. I use KeyCDN to server static content and it only charge around $1 for 30GB. You only pay for what you use.

In the other hand, a CDN is easy to manage. If you're familiar with shared hosting and you can use a FTP client like FileZilla, you're good to go. You don't have to worry about maintaining a server. Speed will be same as VPS or even better.

CDN services now offer so many extras, one being free SSL. You'll get to server your files over a secure SSL connection for free on a CDN service. I think there is no other option than to use a CDN to deliver large files.

If you would like to know more about CDN services read this post where I discuss importance of using a CDN to host static content. And here's a tutorial to host static content on KeyCDN with SSL.

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