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Hotfile

Online File Hosting Website


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Published 01/24/2011 and rated Ratingstars4 4 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
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What can you use the app for?

Sharing files online is a common task, however it can be difficult when handling larger files. Some email inboxes limit the size of accepted incoming files. HotFile gives users a quick solution that allows them to host their larger files and share them with others. The system is simple. The user visits the HotFile homepage, clicks browse and uploads their file. HotFile accepts files of up to 400 MBs. The page will archive the file so the user can share it with others or access it again later.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

HotFile was created in 2008 to give users a better way to host their files. Many services are available that can transfer files, but this can take a great deal of time. Other resources allow users to store or send files but limit the file size. HotFile gives users an option that can handle larger files. Today, HotFile offers a few different membership options to give users even more file hosting options.

HotFile was forced to shut down by the MPAA in December 2013.

What are the differences to other apps?

There are a few different services that offer large size file hosting. HotFile is not the first and won’t be the last to do so. The site is very easy to use, which is a plus compared to some. Users are also given a few membership options which is another plus. The user can pay for what they need and get a better overall experience.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

The HotFile homepage is stylishly simple. Users are greeted by a black and grey header with hints of vibrant orange. The HotFile logo appears inside of a large orange tab at the top, left hand side of the homepage while five navigational links help users find their way around. The site lets users get right to work uploading files by including the upload tool as the only other element on the homepage. The rest of the homepage is made up of open white space, giving the user a pleasant, clutter free experience that works well for this type of service.

How does the registration process work?

A new user can sign up for a HotFile membership by clicking on the white “Login / Sign Up” link at the upper, right hand corner of the homepage. A box will appear with another link at the bottom that reads “Free Sign Up.” Clicking the link takes the user to the registration form which spans the entire page, keeping in step with the simple Hotfile site design. The registration form requires a username, email address and password. A check box at the bottom of the form must be selected to indicate that the user agrees to the Hotfile terms of service, privacy policy and intellectual property policy.

What does it cost to use the application?

Users are given three membership options to choose from. Each includes unlimited parallel downloads, high speed downloads, no download queuing, no advertisements, download accelerator support and Hot/Direct linking for files. Users who choose the one month plan pay around $10 and receive unlimited downloading and up to 100 GB of Hot/Direct linking. The mid range plan includes six months of service for around $35. This membership upgrades the user to up to 600 GBs of Hot/Direct linking. The one year plan costs around $55 and includes up to 1,200 GBs of Hot/Direct linking. Users can pay by credit card or by Paypal.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Anyone who needs a way to share and store files online can appreciate HotFile. The site is very simple to use and offers a helpful service. Users can manage larger files effectively. Premium memberships can also enjoy no download wait times or advertisements.

  • Download unlimited files with a premium membership
  • Share files only easily using HotFile
  • Upload larger files to HotFile
  • Choose from three payment plans
  • Utilize unlimited parallel downloads (with paid membership)


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