How to get 1TB of cloud storage for FREE!

Right now you can get 7GB for free which will be upgraded to 15GB soon. The secret to getting 1TB (one terabyte) of cloud storage is to sign up for Microsoft Office 365!

Right now Google Docs costs $10 per month for 1TB of storage. But for the same price you can get the free 1TB plus the desktop version of Microsft Office everyone is familiar with, plus free Skype credits every month!

microsoft onedrive 1TB cloud stoage

From a recent blog post by Microsoft they say:

Today, OneDrive and Office are announcing a BIG change to that benefit for consumers, to the tune of 1 TB per user. That’s right–we’re increasing the OneDrive storage allotment included with Office 365 Home, Office 365 Personal, and Office 365 University from 20 GB to 1 TB. That’s a whopping 50 times, or 5,000 percent increase in storage–and it’s going to be here before classes are in session!

Check out these Office 365 consumer subscription options

Office 365 consumer subscription options

How to get Free Online Storage

There are two great cloud storage companies right now. Dropbox and SygarSync. They offer free and paid accounts. What they do is back up certain folders online and also you can sync and share them across your computers. On top of that you can share folders with other users and even people that don’t have an account through a special link. Here’s some more details about the services.

Online Storage and Cost:

50GB – $9.99/month or $99.99/year
100GB – $19.99/month or $199.99/year

30GB – $4.99/month or $49.99/year
60GB – $9.99/month or $99.99/year
100GB – $14.99/month or $149.99/year
250GB – $24.99/month or $249.99/year

Referrals and Storage Expansion:

The Dropbox free account starts with 2GB of storage and allows for expansion. The first is a bonus 256MB for completing “tasks” such as installing the program. You have to complete 5 of 7 potential tasks to get your bonus storage. You can also refer friends for 256MB and you’ll both get 256MB added to your accounts and you can do this up to 32 times giving you a maximum of 8GB giving you a possible total of 10.25GB of free storage.  If you’re a student you can convert your account to the student account. The benefit is you’ll get 512MB of storage for every referral instead of 256MB and this gives you a possible 18.25GB of free storage (but the person you refer will only get 256MB extra).

The SugarSync free account starts 5GB and allows for expansion. There are tasks you can complete to gain extra storage, 256mb each time. But referrals are worth more… giving you an extra 512mb of space per referral. You can do this up to 20 times for a maximum of 10GB of bonus storage. This means that it’s possible have 15.5GB of free storage with SugarSync.

SugarSync Mega Bonus! Now this is cool! If you refer a person and they end up purchasing a plan you’ll both get an extra 10GB of free storage added to your account. So if you were to buy the 30GB account and you were referred, you’ll be getting 40GB for $4.99 a month which is half the price of the Dropbox 50GB plan.

Cloud Storage Features:

Dropbox is simple. All files are synced through a Dropbox folder and it can be placed where ever you want on your computer (or you can put it on an external drive). The Dropbox folder contains two folders. One is Public and one is Photos. Anything placed in these folders can be viewed by the public. The Photos folder will create a nice online gallery for viewing. Dropbox also has a Lan Sync feature so if you’re using two computers on the same network (home network for example) it will transfer files over the Lan as it’s updating the cloud instead of uploading then downloading files. SugarSync doesn’t have this yet.

SugarSync let’s you choose what folders you want to sync instead of forcing you to use just one.They also have a Dropbox style folder called the Magic Briefcase that cannot be moved. You can also auto sync your mobile device if you want to. You can also autosync photos from your phone and once you take a photo it’s immediately uploaded to your account and can be viewed on other computers and even the web.

Ease of Use:

Dropbox is very easy. Just install it and you’re ready to go. The iPhone app is simple too. It works on just about any OS.

SugarSync has more features so it takes longer to figure out. But after about 10 minutes you’ll be glad you invested the time. The mobile app isn’t as simple as Dropbox because of subfolders etc, but it’s good. This works on just about any OS too.

So there’s the breakdown. One thing worth noting is you can install and use both services at the same time if you want. Click here to learn more about Dropbox and Click here to learn more about SygarSync.

How to setup free CDN to make your WordPress Blog Faster!

CDN stands for “content delivery network” and the purpose of using one is to improve the overall speed of your site by improving your blog performance by decreasing server load and optimizing your website making things load faster. With a faster loading website it can help you achieve a better search engine ranking as well as make your readers happy because most people want to see what they’re looking for RIGHT NOW!

I’m currently using Speedy Mirror one one of my sites. They used to offer a ton of bandwidth (50 GB) at no charge, but now they offer a free 5GB of bandwidth for free and this month I have about 1GB left. Need more? you can join the paid service. I use this in conjunction with the WordPress plugin W3 Total Cache. Instead of write a tutorial on how to set up the CND with the wordpress caching pluign, just visit for step by step instructions and screenshots.

With Speedy Mirror, your content is spontaneously duplicated to our servers, which are based in many different areas around the world. Your users will automatically download from the nearest mirror, so they will experience higher download speeds. Your bandwidth will be precisely calculated and you will pay only for the gigabytes transferred by our network.

Another free option is CloudFlare which is a CDN and I’m now using it for this website. They offer premium paid services as well. Basically all a user has to do is change their name server records and your site should be online even if your server goes offline. You can only modify your name servers settings if you own your own domain name. You will have to switch your name servers to CloudFlare to get their protection and CDN services. Doing a dig or checking whois would reflect CloudFlare’s name servers. I don’t understand why you’d pay for the service yet unless they limit the number of domains you can have in your account. You can see a list of the worldwide servers here, also for sites using Cloudflare it means site loading times should be very quick even if you’re connecting across the world using a VPN. They also have a WordPress plugin.

Cloudflare and W3 Total Cache WordPress Settings

CloudFlare uses a CDN-like infrastructure to deliver the best in performance to your site. The faster page load times will keep your visitors online longer and our caching mechanism will save you CPU and bandwidth resources.

Read about CDN benefits here. And Cloudflare funding: $22 Million +

CDN Server Locations Worldwide International

In the event that your server is unavailable, visitors should still be able to access your site because CloudFlare serves the visitor a page from its cache.

 October 5th Update:

I’ve been using this service for about 10 days now and I’m happy with it. Here are some stats from the control panel. I notice my sites run faster and I have saved some bandwidth.

Cloudflare Stats Free CDN Service

What is Cloudflare? It’s a free CDN! So far 349,899 requests saved by CloudFlare 572,858 total requests. 7.7 GB bandwidth saved by CloudFlare 12.6 GB total bandwidth

Cloudflare CDN Bot and Threat Control Panel

Help prevent hackers and spammers and malicious threats from slamming your site with junk!