May 072015
 

For a number of years, downloadable items have been made available through password protected directories at up-ship.com/blog. I am now in the process of switching over to using dropbox.com; this seems to make the downloading process a bit easier (and makes the uploading process a lot easier). So far I’ve transferred all of the US Bomber/Transport/Spacecraft and Launch Vehicle Projects files over (including the 11X17 specials) as well as American Nuclear Explosive Devices #1. Some testing has shown that it works well. If you’ve found the previous downloading system cumbersome, now might be a good time to try out the new system with some new USBP’s. It’s my goal to transfer *everything* over to this system… APR’s, drawings, documents. But I’m hoping for some feedback first in case there are any issues.

 Posted by at 2:30 pm
  • Jordan

    Sounds like a great idea. So all you’ll do is send a link and password when someone purchases something?

    • Scottlowther

      Yep. A *little* simpler for the buyer, hopefully less buggy. Most people seemed happy with the prior system, but there were always complaints. Not unimportantly, the new system is a lot easier for *me.* Before I had to create a special folder for each item via FTP, set up password protection for it via the web hosts dashboard, FTP the file into it, create a small HTML file for each one, etc. Bleah. Now it’s just upload, set password, done.

      • Jordan

        It will be good to have things on Dropbox in case your site ever goes down or has its hiccups!

        • Scottlowther

          The hiccups haven’t exactly endeared my current web host to me. However, while this system would get the *products* away from the current host, the actual *sales* links would still go own.

          • Jordan

            So you wouldn’t recommend your current web host to someone looking for a web hosting service?

          • Scottlowther

            I don’t know how much trouble would have with other web hosts, but I’m finding my blog or website are getting stomped about twice a year for one reason or another. About half the time the problem seems directly attributable to the web hosting service, about half the time other issues.