You work with others every day. Some of them are in–house personnel while others are outside contractors, partner companies or clients. Maybe you need to collect assignments from students.
What do you think is the easiest solution for all these use cases? Yes, e-mail. People can send you files by email, but getting hundreds of emails or receiving confidential files in your email is not the best solution. Also, who likes to receive emails anyway?
If you are a Dropbox user, then you probably already know about a feature call File Request. The essence of Dropbox Requests is to allow someone else to upload to your Dropbox account. Your clients, work colleagues, students, etc – can upload files to a designated folder in your Dropbox account
They do not need a Dropbox account and you’ll get an instant email notification as soon as new files are added to your Dropbox.
Although this solution works just fine,it’s not without its share of limitations that probably do not make it the best choice for professional users. One alternative is using a solution like File Request Pro to create a file upload form or file request page and link it to your Dropbox account
Let dive into some differences between Dropbox Request and File Request Pro when you need to let others upload files to your Dropbox Account
Viewing the email of the user who submitted a file using Dropbox File Request.
When a person receives a file request, she is asked for a valid email. However you, the owner of the file request, can only see the person’s name, but not their email. So if you need to contact that person, it would be impossible unless you know this person’s name or you can track back the file to that person.
With File Request Pro you can collect the upload email as well. You will receive the email in your notification emails and you can also see the email address in your File Request Pro dashboard.
How to brand Dropbox File Requests?
If you are a business user that needs to collect sensitive information from your customers, then presenting a professional image with your branding is an important feature of your company communication strategy. People usually like to deal with professionals, especially when it comes to sensitive information.
Sadly, Dropbox requests can not be customized with your own logo, information or company name. Not only this, but after uploading a file to your Dropbox account, users are invited to become Dropbox customers.
As I will show later, you can customize your File Request Pro upload page not only with your company logo but also your own colors, wording, etc. people can have a deeper understanding of who they are sharing their documents with and you will look like a pro.
Building an upload page to allow others to upload to your Dropbox
By creating a file upload form with File Request Pro you get the best of both worlds, seamless experience for your customers: No sign in required, simple drag and drop interface, your brand and color theme. And you can still use Dropbox to manage your files.
Before diving into the implementation, take a look at this sample form.
As you can see this form can be embedded on any webpage, so if you need and upload widget for Dropbox you can user File Request Pro to create one
Create an upload form with File Request Pro
Creating a new upload form with File Request Pro is a 5 min process, you do it once and receive files as long as you need to.
After registering and connecting to your existing Dropbox account you will gain access to the File Request Pro admin area to build your first upload page.
Add as many form fields as your like with a simple to use form builder
Customize your page and form to match your brand and website colors
Once you create a page, you can invite people to upload files by sharing your page URL or embed your form directly in your website. This is done by copying and pasting 3 lines of code
By using File Request Pro, you can easily create a professional designed file request page to allow others to upload to your Dropbox account. Get the best of both worlds, keep using Dropbox for your files and offer yours customers a professional, branded experience that make your company look great.
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