You work with others every day. Some of them are in–house personnel while others are outside contractors, company partners, or clients. Or maybe you need to collect assignments from students.
What do you think is the easiest solution for all these use cases? Email, of course. People can send you files by email. However, receiving hundreds of emails or confidential files in your inbox is not the best solution. Besides, who likes receiving emails anyway?
What is Dropbox File request?
If you are a Dropbox user and wondering “How do I allow others to upload to my Dropbox?” you may already know about a feature called “Dropbox File Request.”
The essence of Dropbox Requests is letting others upload files to your Dropbox account. Your clients, work colleagues, students, and just about anyone can upload files to a designated folder in your Dropbox account
They do not need to open 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, which probably does not make it the best choice for professional users.
An alternative to Dropbox File Requests that is built for professional users is File Request Pro.
Let’s dive into some key differences between Dropbox File Requests and File Request Pro when you require others to upload files to your Dropbox account.
File Request Pro – An alternative to Dropbox File Requests built for professional users.
Let’s dive into some key differences between Dropbox File Requests and File Request Pro when you require others to 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, they are required to use a valid email address. However, the owner of the file request can only see the person’s name and not their email address. So, if they need to contact that person, it would be impossible to do so unless they already know the person or can somehow track the file back to that person.
With File Request Pro, you can collect the upload email address and as many fields as you need with a simple-to-use form builder. You will receive the submitted information in your email or you can also export all submissions right from your dashboard.
How to brand Dropbox File Requests
If you are a business user who needs to collect sensitive information from your customers, then presenting a professional image with your branding is an important aspect for your company communication strategy. People prefer and trust dealing with professionals, especially when it comes to sensitive information.
Sadly, Dropbox requests cannot be customized with your 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 we will demonstrate later, you can customize your File Request Pro upload page with your company logo, your colors, and wording, building a 100% white-label upload page.
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. You get access to the documents you need, and your customers receive a seamless experience. There are no sign ins required, just a simple drag-and-drop interface where you can customize your brand and color theme. Not to mention, 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. Do you a need an upload widget for Dropbox? Just use File Request Pro to create one and allow others to upload to your Dropbox.
Create an upload form with File Request Pro
Creating a new upload form with File Request Pro is a five-minute process. You do it once and receive files for as long as you need them.
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 you like with a simple-to-use form builder.
Customize your page and form to match your brand and website colours
Once you create a page, you can invite people to upload files by sharing your page URL or embedding your form directly in your website. This can be done by copying and pasting three simple lines of code.
By using File Request Pro, you can easily create a professionally designed file request page to allow others to upload files to your Dropbox account. Get the best of both worlds: Keep using Dropbox for your files and offer your customers a professional, branded experience that makes your company look great.
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