Just under a week ago, I signed up for CloudApp, and I can honestly say that I’m in love with it. Whilst it doesn’t directly operate with WordPress, I’d like to share my experiences with it, and how I’ve managed to use it with wpContent.
What is CloudApp?
CloudApp is a really simple file sharing application, which runs on your computer and allows you to drop files (screenshots, code, images – anything you want!) onto its icon, which will then get uploaded – kinda like FTP Dropper! The file is uploaded, and a public URL is then copied to your clipboard so you can share the files with friends and colleagues.
I signed up for the Pro version once I’d used the Free version for just a couple of hours, and that allows me to use a custom domain name, and much more.
Integrating it With WordPress
Apologies if this seems like a kinda fluffy explanation, but the way I’ve been using CloudApp with WordPress is as two things:
- A CDN (content delivery network).
- Sharing design files for feedback.
Let’s go into a little more detail on each of these points.
CloudApp as a CDN
When uploading a file to CloudApp, you have three choices for the link to be copied. You can have a standard URL with a download button and preview of the file, a direct URL which goes straight to the file on the CloudApp servers, or a download URL which when loaded begins downloading the file straight away. So, in order for me to use CloudApp as a CDN, I simply copy the direct links and that’s it – as their files are hosted with Amazon S3, I now have a fully fledged CDN. Woohoo!
I’m aware of its limitations, however, for the odd file here and there, this solution works great, and integrates well with WordPress when manually adding images to a post or page.
CloudApp for Gaining Feedback
This may seem a little strange, but my primary use for CloudApp is to gain feedback on my work. At wpContent, we’re fortunate enough to have lots of people dedicated to helping our site succeed, and I’ve been using CloudApp and its simple keyboard hotkeys for file uploading and screenshot sharing to send various design elements or code snippets to those people.
It’s so simple to use, and I’m seriously chuffed with how well it works. I’m aware that adding annotations and comments directly onto the files is in the pipeline, but for the time being, it still works exceptionally well for what I need.
If you’re looking for a fast file uploading tool to help make your workflow more productive, CloudApp may be just the right solution for you! It’s extremely easy to use, very conveniently placed on my computer, has top-notch customer support, and is very competitively priced (for the Pro version).
If you have any questions, or suggestions on how else to use CloudApp with WordPress, please leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
CloudApp is extremely easy to use, very conveniently placed on my computer, has top-notch customer support, and is very competitively priced (for the Pro version).
Ease of Use