WeTransfer is an online file transferring platform, where you can send your documents, and they're automatically transferred to the right recipient with no hassle, no stress and no charge.
WeTransfer's mission is to create a platform that allows anyone in the world to send large files. With this application, you can send up to 2GB per transfer simply, securely and for free.
WeTransfer is a file transfer service that is cloud-based. It is located in Amsterdam and co-founded by a well-known Dutch digital entrepreneurs Nalden and Bas Beerens in 2009. Unlike its competitors Dropbox or Hightail that were heavily funded since inception, WeTransfer was bootstrapped until early 2015 despite being consistently profitable since 2013. According to co-founder Nalden’s statement, he knew it was a profitable business but he only wanted to fund based on actual revenue. Thus, it gave him a privilege in negotiations.
This philosophy of doing things unconventionally is reflected in the User Interface as well. For starters, there is no visible login or sign up button on the homepage and registering is not at all necessary to use the basic service. Considering every other file sharing service requires registration beforehand, which it’s a big plus.
The WeTransfer homepage is very simple and striking at the same time. The navigation bar has just two tabs. As soon as you agree to the terms and conditions you’re ready to go. A simple click and you can add any number of files in any format up to 2 GB for free.
The highlight about WeTransfer is its extremely simple interface. All operations are carried out from a simple small box on the left-hand side of the homepage. The uncluttered feel of the homepage is refreshing.
Just add the files enter your destination and your Email ID, click on transfer and voila the process is initiated. The transfer completion depends on the speed of the internet connection and the file size. Once it is completed, you receive a notification.
On completion, the recipient receives a direct download link from which the file can easily be downloaded with a single click. Files are stored on WeTransfer servers for up to 2 weeks in the basic version. Something you need to be careful about in case you’re transferring some important files just make sure to have a backup since WeTransfer’s primary function is file transfer and not file storage on the cloud.
WeTransfer’s ad revenue model is unique. Look up any free service on the web and the chances are that it will be cluttered with ads everywhere and it’s a nuisance if you need to use something like that regularly. On the other hand, WeTransfer has a single full page colorful wallpaper ad mostly propagating some creativity such as art, photography or music. These full page wallpaper ads are displayed on the home screen, and they keep rotating every minute. These ads are consistent with the creative image of WeTransfer as the wallpapers are sourced from local photographers, artists, brands and event organizers. This brilliant idea stems from Founder Nalden’s positive experience with full page ads on his blog.Due to its ease of use and creative undertones WeTransfer has become a highly used application in the sound and film industry, where large files are to be transferred continuously. An added incentive is that creative people do not usually like to deal with the nuances of complicated software, making WeTranfer the perfect tool for them.
WeTransfer Plus is the paid version of WeTransfer for advanced users. Priced at $10 a month it’s not too much on the wallet if your usage is high and involves sending large files.
WeTransfer Plus comes with a variety of added features. With Plus, you can send files up to 20 GB, thus eliminating the need to break down large files into smaller parts. A Plus membership also comes with 100 GB free long-term storage. Therefore, there is a backup of all the files sent, unlike the free version where files expire within two weeks. This feature also reduces the time spent resending a large file, since you do not need to upload the file again.
Additionally, you can also protect sensitive files using passwords to make sure they don’t fall into the wrong hands. It also enables you to customize your downloads with your background and personalized URL.
One of the main highlights of WeTransfer Plus is that it offers you a subdomain called a Plus channel. A Plus channel being a public URL is viewable by all users, which means others have access to uploads and details of your account, but transfers made by the Plus user are not visible to everyone. The advantage here is that all files uploaded to your channel are available for four weeks instead of the seven days offered in the basic version.
WeTransfer Plus also allows you to create your own Plus channel. A Plus channel includes a personal subdomain that you can customize as you like. This feature gives you a personalized WeTransfer page, which is the landing page for any friends, family or colleagues who have received a transfer from you. All you have to do is log in with your Plus membership details.
The Plus channel has personalization page where you can customize your WeTransfer page as per your preferences. You can give a name to your channel, which is displayed on the right lower corner of the page and set a default recipient address.
Another great feature making WeTranfer Plus fast and user-friendly is the default recipient option. You can set your e-mail address as the default recipient, so any users or clients visiting your page don’t even need to fill out your address. Just attach your file, enter their email address and within just 3-4 clicks a file is sent.
Plus also includes branding options, where you can upload up to 3 wallpapers of your choice. These wallpapers can link to another website, LinkedIn page or Facebook page making it a great advertising platform for professionals or organizations.
While the basic free service allows the user to transfer only to 20 recipients at a given time, a Plus account gives the option to send a file to a 100 recipients at once.
You can also benefit from an address book feature where you can store your recipient addresses, which enable easy access. Every address you use in the friends email field is also automatically added to your address book.
All in all WeTransfer is easy to use, eye-catching and refreshing without clutter ads. It’s ideal for users who frequently need to transfer files above the email transfer limit. On the other hand, a Plus account is the best file transfer service you will come across for that price. It’s ideal for sending large audio and video file or even a large folder for that matter through a zip archive.
Cloudswave Score for WeTransfer
Rating based on 6 Critic Reviews
Daniela Schneider, on GetApp
Ive been using WeTransfer for a long time for my bussines and I found WT very usefull to share my work to each client when it comes too big to send in an email attachment.
Pros : Extremelly user friendy and simple. Even a child can handle this.
Cons : Its only in english. It should be in many other languages.
Bogdan Bele, on Groovy Post
WeTransfer has been my file transfer service of choice for quite some time now, simply because I don’t think there’s a more reliable and straightforward file transfer service out there.
Abhimanyu Ghoshal, on AppStorm
WeTransfer is easily one of the best file transfer apps ever created. It’s great that their business model not only generates revenue but also ensures a better user experience for end customers. Everything, from the responsive background to the upload interface to the notification emails, looks great and works really well. And at the great price of free, it really can’t be beat. If you’re sending files, look good while you’re at it with WeTransfer.
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