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Hosted FTP Gives WebDrive a 9.5/10 Review

WebDrive Review: Our Rating 9.5/10

WebDrive connects you to multiple remote storage servers (aka the Cloud) using the FTP protocol. It allows Windows and Mac users to manage files and folders on a storage server as though they were located on your PC’s local drive, using a simple drag and drop process. This review is for the full version, specifically for FTP and was evaluated over the 20 day trial period.

 

Key Features

FeaturesSupportedRating 1-5
Cost  
Ease of Upload/downloadVery easy and the exact same process you would use to transfer files on your system to different folders or flash drives5
Multiple ProtocolsCan configure account for FTP, SFTP, FTPS5
Site ManagingCan map several sites as a network drive and use a different security protocol for each site if required5
Direct media file uploadCan upload any files that are on your PC.4.5
Search CapabilitiesCan search your FTP site like a local folder on your PC5
Resume SupportIf network connection is lost,  the file transfer is resumed on reconnect.5
LogComprehensive logs are created for each day you use the utility5
OS SupportFully supported on Windows and Mac5
Overall ratingWebdrive is an FTP client that describes itself as “The File Transfer Client You Already Know How to Use” which is a very apt description as it allows you to access all of your cloud files through one simple, familiar interface.  This client is extremely useful and is well supported with great help documents and walkthrough videos on YouTube.  Highly recommended.

 

Additional features

Inbuilt Editor for text, CSV and HTML filesAll files open with the default Windows program for that file type,  you can save the file back on the cloud after editing.
Multiple concurrent sitesYou can drag and drop to multiple sites just like you would with Windows explorer
Text encodingBinary and ASCII supported
Additional rating

 

Features

The best way to describe Webdrive is Cloud storage as a virtual hard disk.  It essentially maps all your remote FTP sites as a drive letter in Windows explorer which provides a standard well known interface to manipulate your files. This is great for users who are used to using the visually friendly Windows Explorer or Mac Finder.

You can map multiple sites as drive letters and transfer files between multiple remote FTP sites with the standard drag and drop approach.  This product is intended for everyday use and is able to be integrated into many 3rd party applications. For example you can securely store your Office documents directly into the cloud using SFTP just by saving it in the specified drive. WebDrive allows you to open and edit cloud based files without the additional step of downloading the file,  modifying it and uploading it again.

The support documentation is impressive. There is also an option to roll out a large scale preconfigured deployment for an entire company or department quickly and efficiently. With multiple FTP security options this is a great tool for a beginner or advanced user and can be used as a solution for many possible use cases.

 

Comments

The convenience of a utility like Webdrive is not to be under-estimated. In our experience some users can find a FTP client like Cyberduck daunting to work with.  What this tool can mean in a workplace is that users can take daily advantage of secure file transfers using FTP and immediately store data securely in the cloud without a learning curve.  Sharing files and working together on projects can be can done simply, securely and without the need for a large IT presence.

Summary

Webdrive is an FTP client that describes itself as “The File Transfer Client You Already Know How to Use” which is a very apt description as it allows you to access all of your cloud files through one simple, familiar interface.  This client is extremely useful and is well supported with great help documents and walkthrough videos on YouTube.  Highly recommended.

WebDrive References

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