ModularMerchant
eCommerce Shopping Cart Software
Unlimited extra disk space and bandwidth for your
shopping cart — for just pennies per gigabyte.
File Storage Areas File Storage Areas
Add additional file storage space and bandwidth to your account without upgrading your plan. Sell more downloads without using your store's disk space or bandwidth. Expand your store's resources and start selling more — without storage limits.

— Add unlimited extra disk space and bandwidth to your account for just pennies per gigabyte.

Do I need a File Storage Area?

File Storage Areas provide economical hosting of large files.

If your store sells downloads or hosts large media files, then a File Storage Area may be right for you. For example, they start with enough bandwidth to sell 19,485 digital photos, or distribute 16,650 MP3s, or stream 26 hours of DVD-quality video a month!*

Disk space and bandwidth is unlimited. Add more on a pay-for-what-you-use basis for just 60¢ per gigabyte of disk space and 30¢ per gigabyte of bandwidth!

Sell Streaming Video Stream 26 hours of DVD-quality video!
Sell MP3s Sell 16,650 MP3s!
Sell Digital Photos Download 19,485 digital photos!
...and that's just for starters!

*Digital Photo figures represent the average number of photos taken with a 6 megapixel camera in high-resolution JPEG mode with an average file size of 3.5 MB per photo. The actual number of images will vary by camera model and compression setting. MP3 figures are based on 4 minutes per song, at 128 kbps bit rate and 11:1 audio compression ratio. DVD-quality video figures calculated on a data rate of 5 mbs which translates to an average of 2.25 GB per hour.

 

can a file storage area handle high traffic loads?
A common question we receive is:
"I will be selling high quality files, average size 500 megabytes. I anticipate a high quantity of purchases and downloads. Will your file storage area be able to handle high traffic simultaneous downloads of the same files?"

That's an excellent question. The answer is: yes.

The cloud infrastructure that our File Storage network is built upon also hosts over 400,000 sites across 112 countries. It is stable and scalable.
For example,
during the recent Apple iPad announcement, another website hosted on this same cloud network, gdgt.com, handled 55,697,141 requests for the event and over 110,000 concurrent connections.

 

Why use a Modular Merchant File Storage Area?

Modular Merchant File Storage Areas are optimized for secure digital delivery.

Some other file hosting services may boast lower prices, but they lack features, which will end up costing you more money. There's several major differences that make Modular Merchant's File Storage Areas the right choice for stores selling downloads.

  1. Tech Support Included
    Since Modular Merchant's File Storage Areas are a managed solution, our technical support is included at no extra charge.
  2. Shopping Cart Integration
    Our File Storage Areas include FTP access and seamless integration into your shopping cart.
  3. Optimized for Digital Delivery
    Unlike other file storage solutions, ours can also run PHP scripts (even Zend encoded PHP scripts). This important difference allows our File Storage Areas to communicate with your store to securely handle product downloads while minimizing your store's bandwidth usage.
     
Comparison of File Storage Solutions
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In summary, Modular Merchant's File Storage Areas provide unlimited storage space, for just 60¢ per gigabyte of disk space and 30¢ per gigabyte of bandwidth per month, with a $19.99 monthly minimum. They're a fully managed solution, meaning that technical support is provided at no additional cost. They're also fully integrated into your store's Administration Area: reports listing your bandwidth and disk usage are available alongside your store's usual traffic reports.

This makes them a perfect solution for any store that has downloads with a large file size (such as video), a large number of downloads, or products with a large number of hi-resolution images.

 

How do I add a File Storage Area to my Modular Merchant account?

Adding a File Storage Area to your Modular Merchant online store is easy!
Within your store's Administration Area, go to [Admin > Manage Modular Merchant Account]. On that page, simply select the "Yes, add a File Storage Area" option and click the "Update" button.

Selecting a File Storage Area
Adding a File Storage Area to a Modular Merchant account takes less than a minute,
but the benefits last a lifetime.

Once the request to add a File Storage Area is submitted, one will be added to your account ASAP. Installation typically takes several hours. When it is ready, you will receive a Support Ticket containing information on how to start using it, including instructions on how to access it by FTP.