|Slogan||Cloud Storage for Everyone|
|Type of site||Online backup service|
|Launched||March 21, 2005|
|Alexa rank||110 (April 2013[update])|
MediaFire is a free file and image hosting web site that started in 2005 and is located in Shenandoah, Texas, United States. The domain mediafire.com attracted almost 60 million visitors annually by 2008 according to a Compete.com study.
As of July 2012, features of MediaFire include up to 50 GB of storage (starting at 10 GB then increased by as much as 40 GB if various activities like sharing on Facebook and Twitter are done) and a limit of 200 MB per file (100 GB, 200 GB, or 500 GB of storage and 10 GB of file size limit for Pro users and 1 TB to 100 TB of storage and 10 GB of file size limit for Business users). MediaFire provides users with the ability to create image galleries from folders of images and view and share common document, presentation, and spreadsheet file types inside the web browser. MediaFire's free account service does not require download activity in order to preserve files, and is thus often suitable as a temporary or secondary backup solution although MediaFire does not officially support free data warehousing (long-term storage for inactive accounts).
MediaFire Professional and Business accounts offer long-term storage in addition to several other add-on features. For recipients of files MediaFire does not enforce waiting times for downloads, limit simultaneous downloading, or set bandwidth limits, though it limits downloading of some filetypes if uploaded by a free account. However, it requires cookies to be enabled and a CAPTCHA if you download a file then re-download it.
Professional and Business Accounts
In August 2008, the service began offering a MediaFire Pro ("MediaPro") service that added more features and removes some limitations. Pro users can upload encrypted ZIP or RAR archives, remove upload files, and browse the website without ads. MediaPro users are also given access to download or upload files or folders in bulk. It was also made possible to browse personally uploaded files or the files of anyone, including non-Media Pro users' files without ads. Media Pro members are allotted a 2 GB maximum file sized, comparable to the 200 MB maximum offered by the free membership. Media Pro members are given the ability to customize logos and color schemes.
In November, 2011 MediaFire rebranded its premium services as MediaFire "Professional" and "Business". While MediaFire's free account remained the same, these two new account types kept all of the features of MediaPro and added additional collaboration and small business focused services including multi-user account management, custom subdomains, custom branding, secure redundant backups, and detailed download statistics and security logs.
PC Magazine named MediaFire both one of the "Top 100 Undiscovered websites" and a "Top Website of 2008". It has also been reviewed favorably by CNET and Lifehacker. Lifehacker praised the site not only for the usefulness of the service but also for its use of an unlimited upload size for users.
Terms of Service, Violations, and Enforcement
- Blocked websites
- Account suspension
- File suspension
- Account termination
- Report of activities to proper authorities
- Media Fire Pro and Business Information
- "Mediafire.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2013-04-22.
- Mediafire attracts almost 9m visitors online yearly
- "What types of files can I upload to MediaFire? Support Center". Support.mediafire.com. 2007-06-12. Retrieved 2011-12-09.
- "Terms of service". Media Fire. 16 April 2012.
- "What is a File Restriction?". MediaFire. 4 October 2012.
- "Why can't I upload password protected archives?". mediafire.com. 2009-02-02. Retrieved 2011-12-09.
- MediaFire Overview
- MediaFire Account Type Breakdown
- "Top 100 Undiscovered Web Sites". PC Magazine.
- Monson, Kyle (2008-08-25). "The Top 100 Classic Web Sites - Apps and Services". PCMag.com. Retrieved 2010-09-01.
- How to store your files online - Broadband
- Pash, Adam (2006-10-24). "Share any size file with MediaFire". Lifehacker.