1. I’ve never used Google Drive so I can’t answer that question.

    2. Google Drive is fine if you’re tied into Google’s ecosystem. If all you want is to quickly share files, however, Drive is much more than you need. IMO, Cloudup is to file storage as Imgur is to image hosting: simple and effective.

  1. idogenealogy2013

    Other than the potential ability for Media on WordPress, what is the advantage of Cloudup over Dropbox? That’s as easy as a drag from one file into the “Dropbox”. Is there a limit to the size of the file? Free Dropbox is based not on number of files but on the size limit of all the files. Am interested but not eager yet. I don’t want to end up with umpteen cloud services similar to the umpteen USB keys I now have. Have you noticed that the USB keys just don’t have any space to write on the even a short phrase as to what’s on it? :-)

    1. As per the post, each file that is uploaded to Cloudup has a 200MB limit. But each of your 1,000 items can be 200MB in size. That’s where the 200GB of potential free space comes from.

      I’ve never used Dropbox but it certainly looks like it’s pretty easy to use just like Cloudup. In this case, Automattic owns Cloudup, not Dropbox so that’s one distinct advantage.

      1. Cor van Noorloos

        First I hope I’m not spamming this topic too much, but Dropbox’ (I actually prefer copy.com) enormous advantage is it hasn’t got a file (amount) limit, which means it can easily be used to backup without archiving things first (WordPress 3.8 currently contains 1162 files). Not even talking about using services like Git.

        Also it comes with still some slightly odd way of revisioning control.

        Dropbox and Cloudup have different things in mind when it comes to storage, but still, above can be viewed as an advantage.

  2. I could see using the CloudUp hosted solution in addition to or as an alternative to the default media library, however, I don’t think it can ever replace it. Many people won’t want to host their files elsewhere and many large corporations who may be looking at WP will have policies prohibiting it. For your average blogger or small site, though, it may be an easier way to work with media and allow some strain of loading resources all from the same server.

    1. That’s the type of attitude I generally expected when I wrote the post, discussing the idea. As I said, Matt is a strong advocate of owning your own data so I see no reason as to why he would go against that with replacing the media library with something that would be completely in the cloud, third-party. Even if Cloudup is owned by Automattic, it’s a third-party.

  3. I absolutely love the idea. Web hosts cringe when they see tons of images being served and dynamically loaded constantly. Certainly saves us resources for those on shared hosting.

    1. @Jeff, yea I agreed with you. I love the idea and since it’s own by automattic, I believe we are in safe hands. But I’m not voting for replacing the media library. No!

  4. I would love to see a plugin for syncing the media library with CloudUp that had a seamless offline mode like Google Drive or Dropbox. If done right, it could make it radically easier to move between local and remote environments.

    1. Your comment is in line with Jeff Matson’s above. What you describe would be very cool but I can tell you right now, I’d already be way over the 1,000 item limit :)

      Also, it would be great to make it easier to move between local and remote environments without having to rely on Search and Replace.

  5. Cor van Noorloos

    Looks like an interteresting solution for wordpress.com hosted websites. However, isn’t this something wordpress.com already handles under its own domain? (Which can be the reason why. DMCA policies could kill a company within a month)

    Also, it looks like a great option to backup large files.

    For selfhosted websites (wordpress.org)?
    Included as an option into Jetpack, sure. Brought as a plugin, sure. Included as an option for selfhosted websites, another sure.

    As a full replacement for the current (selfhosted) media library, absolutely not.

    First, there’s a huge trust issue. Will Cloudup (as a 3rd party solution) still be there after a year, 3 years? Rapidshare(.de) would be a great example.
    Also, WakeMate can be included to this list. (Don’t know any of its technicalities besides knowing that it was somewhat supported by Automattic. I’ll be happy to comment if I’m completely missing the point here)

    Besides that, if WordPress will make Cloudup as a full (selfhosted) media library replacement the whole idea of “More than just a blogging platform” will be completely gone.

    1. Cor van Noorloos

      Another point would be you could only publish 250 images, assuming no other image dimensions are activated.

  6. Once Jetpack integration is released and you are able to embed media items from your cloudup account, wont that effectively be a simple CDN. Would be very interested to know where the media files will be served from ie single location or multiple locations – if a single location in USA, then that will increase page load times for our European clients. However, the possibilities to expand the service into a full CDN are there and that would be a brilliant inovation.

    As for the comments about people (especially large companies) wanting to “own their data”, then this is no different from any mainstream CDN company.

    Finally, in answer to the person worried whether Automattic will be around in 1 or 3 years time – think we would trust that more than most other businesses !

  7. Hi Jeffro
    “Each item has a maximum size limit of 200MB. Depending on what you’re streaming, this is equal to 200 GB of free space. This amount is incredibly generous.”

    It is indeed incredibly generous when compared to Dropbox “Dropbox accounts start with 2 GB of free space.”.

    I also note your comment: “…I can tell you right now, I’d already be way over the 1,000 item limit :)”
    Not sure how many items i have.

    Something worth looking at.

    1. The 200 GB limit (based on 1000 files at the maximum of 200 MB) is incredibly generous but also agree that they will have to reconsider their 1000 file limit – maybe keep the 200 MB max file size, but then have a maximum of either 200 GB or 5000 / 10000 files – whichever limit is reached first

  8. All the comparisons to Dropbox, Copy.com, etc are a little off the mark. Those are file syncing services (for keeping one’s files synced across multiple devices) and CAN be used for sharing. Cloudup (according to the description on their site at https://cloudup.com/faq) is for streaming (not syncing) media and other types of files to anyone. So, while there may be a little overlap in functionality these are different kinds of services.

  9. Unfortunately, the invite code has expired. You’ll have to sign up for the private beta and hope to get an invite code.

  10. It is indeed incredibly generous when compared to Dropbox “Dropbox accounts start with 2 GB of free space.”.

  11. This amount is incredibly generous. maybe keep the 200 MB max file size, but then have a maximum of either 200 GB or 5000 / 10000 files

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