DivShare Redesign

Last night DivShare launched a new redesign that added some really awesome features. One of the more most notable things is the new thumbnail view when managing files on your Dashboard. You can always switch back to the list view by using the appropriate link on the left sidebar, but I’m really digging the thumbnail navigation.

Previously DivShare also had a Premium plan available at $9.95 for a month, which gave users the ability to upload 2GB worth of files, FTP access, and made the download page ad-free for all of the visitors downloading your files. They decided to swap that plan out and replace it with a new service dubbed DivShare Direct. The new service lets you add your own logo to their Flash music/video player and lets you link directly to the files you upload. It almost sounds too good to be true, and it kind of is. There is, of course, a monthly fee associated with the service which also adds limits to the amount that you can upload:

  • $4.95/month – 5GB of storage and 50GB of data transfer
  • $9.95/month – 10GB of storage and 150GB of data transfer
  • $19.95/month – 25GB of storage and 400GB of data transfer
  • $49.95/month – 75GB of storage and 1,000GB of data transfer

I’m a little disappointed that they don’t even offer an unlimited plan, but I guess it is understandable since they will receive no traffic or advertising revenue from people using the service. To be honest I was preparing to purchase the Premium plan prior to this because of the FTP access and ad-free pages, but the DivShare Direct offers a lot more than I need. I also don’t like the idea of being capped, and needing to monitor my usage to make sure I don’t exceed my plan.

The redesign also spelled the end of groups, profiles, and inboxes/favorites. I didn’t really use any of that myself as DivShare was only a file hosting service for me, but judging from the comments on their blog there are some people who were upset that these features were removed. Although by removing those features it gives them more time to focus on what they do best: file sharing.

So I’m going to keep my fingers crossed that they’ll bring back the Premium Plan because being able to link directly to the downloads I post isn’t a huge concern of mine. Having the FTP access, ad-free pages, 2GB file limit, and unlimited file storage/bandwidth is a lot more appetizing than the DivShare Direct in my opinion.