File hosts offer storage capacities on the Internet for users who do not have their own storage space, for instance by running a website, and for users who prefer to host files on free file hosts for distribution and bandwidth reasons.
The majority of file hosting sites users tend to upload the file to one hoster. This can be unproblematic depending on the uploaded file and restrictions of the file hoster. Some file hosters only allow a certain amount of downloads, other have a bandwidth limit for files.
That's where file mirrors can come in handy. A mirror is basically another server hosting the file. That requires more work on the uploaders part if done manually.
A service like MirrorCreator on the other hand offers to do the distribution for the user. It works by uploading the file once to the MirrorCreator service, which then distributes the file to up to 14 different file hosting services out of a list of 30 available ones. Several popular file hosting sites are supported including Megaupload, Hotfile, Rapidshare, File Factory or MediaFire.
MirrorCreator supports uploading files from a local computer system or from a remote location. To begin users need to select Upload from PC or Remote URL Upload to select the type of upload and either select a file from the PC or paste an URL into the form. It is furthermore possible to enter an email to receive a notification when the files have been uploaded.
Up to 14 different file hosting services can then be selected in the last step. Each service is listed with its name and file upload limit. A click on Upload sends the selected file to the service. It may take a while before the file is spread to all selected mirror services. A url is displayed in the end that links to all file hosting services the file was distributed to.
Visitors of that page can then pick one of the mirror file hosting services to download the file. You find an example upload page here.
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