Why do you use Dropbox instead of Amazon S3 for file hosting?

Posted over 5 years ago by Persis Leigh
Posted over 5 years ago by Alex Yang

While Amazon S3 is the most popular provider, I think beginners should start by learning Dropbox first. Amazon S3’s bucket system of grouping files, complicated permissions, and setup difficulty can be intimidating for someone new to Rails. I think it’s important to flatten the learning curve as much as possible. Students can make their own decisions on which to use once they’re more familiar with Rails.

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Posted over 5 years ago by Szabolcs Toth

Maybe I am wrong but as far as I know Amazon S3 is not free, although they charge you a little. Dropbox is completely free and convenient to use. Correct me if I am wrong.

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Posted over 5 years ago by Alex Yang

Both Amazon S3 and Dropbox have free storage limits. Amazon S3 offers 5GB for free, while Dropbox gives you 2GB automatically, and up to 16GB more for referrals.

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Posted over 5 years ago by Szabolcs Toth

Thank you Alex for the correction.

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