Sep 15

Required Online Backup Solutions for Designers

Tue, 09/15/2009 - 11:15 — julie

Ensuring that all your files are safe and secure is a must for any web designer. This article assesses a variety of different online services that have proven to be the most affordable and popular over the years.

Why Use Online Backup?

As the owner of an online web hosting company, I know how important it can be to have a backup of all your information from personal files to client files. I’ve lost plenty of important data including website backups, tax information, and web designs over the years. I now use multiple online backup services to ensure that all my data is 100% secured.


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  • Rating: 5/5
  • Pricing: $9.99 per month for 50GB (2GB Free Trial)
  • Works With: Windows, Mac, Linux

Dropbox is one of the easier online backup services I have seen around. It offers automatic updating among files on all computers that are connected, as well as sharing with other users using Dropbox. Dropbox offers a free 2 GB service, then after that, services start at $9.99 per month for 50 GB.

Jungle Disk

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  • Rating: 3/5
  • Pricing: $0.15 per month per 1GB
  • Works With: Windows, Mac, Linux

Jungle Disk is one of the most well known online backup services – as it is run using Amazon and Rackspace servers. It works just like another hard drive on your computer. All your files are encrypted using a key that is only known to you. Jungle Disk offers a pay as you go service for only 15¢ per GB that you use. It provides accessibility on all your computers and public access to authorized users.

Sugar Sync

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  • Rating: 3/5
  • Pricing: $4.99 per month for 30GB
  • Works With: Windows, Mac, Mobile Phones

Sugar Sync is one of the few online backup systems that offers support for mobile phones. It’s one of the cheapest systems I have seen offering 30 GB for only $4.99 per month, and it offers real time updating of files. Sugar Sync is one of the only services that offers streaming of music from your phone and browser.

Mobile Me

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  • Rating: 2/5
  • Pricing: $99 per year for 20GB
  • Works With: Windows, Mac, iPhone/Ipod Touch

Owned by by Apple Inc. Mobile Me allows you to sync all your emails, calenders, contacts and more together for a yearly price of $99. Mobile Me comes with 20 GB of disk space and 200 GB of bandwidth. It’s the only online backup service that supports use with the iPod Touch.


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  • Rating: 4/5
  • Pricing: $9.95 per month for 5GB
  • Works With: Windows, Mac, Linux, Mobile Phone

Box is one of the most business oriented services that I have seen offering services such as comments, branding options, file embedding, user permissions, and more. Box offers you the option to have multiple users when purchasing business accounts to allow your staff to access files and work more efficiently.


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  • Rating: 3/5
  • Pricing: $4.95 per month for 150GB
  • Works With: Windows, Mac

IDrive is by far the cheapest service that I have found. It offers 150 GB of disk space for just $4.95 per month for a personal account. However if you need a business plan, services start at $9.99 per month for 50 GB of disk space. IDrive offers you the option to create multiple users for free online Box as well as allowing time line restores and restoring of files up to 30 modifications ago.


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  • Rating: 1/5
  • Pricing: Free (25GB)
  • Works With: All Operating System That Support Web Browsers

SkyDrive is owned by Microsoft, and offers 25GB of free online backup services. The primary downside is that they do not offer a desktop application to easily retrieve files and backup new files; you are instead forced to visit their website, login and upload using a web based form. SkyDrive accepts files no larger then 50MB.


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  • Rating: 3/5
  • Pricing: $9.95 per month for 10GB
  • Works With: Windows, Mac, Linux

Owned by the same company as IDrive, IBackup offers less features and targets web developers and businesses who wish to backup databases and servers that contain important information and client data. IBackup supports Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems unlike IDrive giving companies a larger option for operating systems.


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  • Rating: 3/5
  • Pricing: £39.95 per year for 100GB
  • Works With: Windows – Mac and Linux coming soon

LiveDrive offers automated backups, accessibility from anywhere in the world, file syncing, and sharing. LiveDrive offers you the option to play your music, edit your files, watch your videos and Facebook integration from anywhere in the world using their simple web based portal. It’s also one of few backup services that supports FTP access, version history and local caching.

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