Web design has seen tremendous growth over the last decade and with it, the rise of extremely talented designers. But what is a designer without his tools? With so much cutting-edge tech available, it’s difficult to decide what tools or services to add to your arsenal.
Enter cloud syncing.
Cloud syncing is not the latest tech nor the most powerful but it’s arguably the most useful. Over the years, countless creative teams have moved their business to the cloud and one thing is for certain — it works. But how? That’s what we’ll be sharing with you today.
In this blog post, we’ll be covering the following benefits of cloud syncing for web designers:
- Accessing files from multiple computers and locations
- Seamlessly sharing files with your team and clients
- Keeping your files up to date
- Backing up important files
- Saving space on your local computer
Easy file access on multiple devices is one benefit of cloud syncing
Access files from anywhere
With the sheer amount of tools available for web designers, it’s inevitable to use multiple computers throughout the day. A draft can be started on a smartphone, fleshed out on a desktop computer at work, and later edited at home using a laptop.
By utilizing cloud syncing, you’ll have fast and easy access your files — no need to transfer files back and forth using external hard drives or any other piece of hardware! Simply sync the file and boom, it’ll be easily accessible no matter where you are.
Sharing (files) is caring
Web designers never work alone. Whether you’re coordinating with your team or updating a client, sharing your work is essential. This is where your preferred sync app comes in handy and it can open a huge opportunity for seamless collaboration.
Share files directly within the Insync app where you can manage link visibility, access, and permissions.
Most sync apps (e.g. Insync, Backup and Sync, OneDrive, etc.) provide ways to share files within the app interface. Plus, it's easy to manage who can access the link and who can edit the file -- useful if you’re dealing with highly confidential files.
Files will always be updated
Designers have been plagued by a specific problem since the dawn of time and that’s managing file versions. Doesn’t it suck when you have to slog through hundreds of items just to find the latest version of a file? Cloud syncing solves this problem because every edit made to a file is automatically applied to all of its locations!
Some cloud storage providers (e.g. OneDrive) even support file versioning so you can revert to an older version if you need to. After all, old designs are a great source of inspiration if you’re in need of it.
Backup if you know what’s good for you!
In life, some things are completely out of your control. Your computer crashing is one of them but there are ways to be prepared. Backing up your files via cloud syncing is one such way. By doing so, you’re insuring your computer and your livelihood!
As previously mentioned, every change made to a synced file will be automatically saved and applied in all of its locations. This also means that syncing your files will back them up to the cloud! So (knock on wood) if your computer crashes, your synced files will still be intact and easily accessible from any other computer via your sync app. That kind of peace of mind is priceless!
With design files getting bigger and bigger, it’s now more difficult managing your computer’s local storage. It’s common to be working on design files that are 20GB or larger which begs the question, where do we store such files? The answer is: send them off to the cloud!
Cloud storage providers can help you store hundreds, even thousands, of files so cloud storage capacity isn’t an issue. You may need to pay for bigger cloud storage but considering this involves your livelihood, we’d say it’s a worthwhile investment.
For reference, OneDrive’s Business Plan is $5.00 a month for 1 TB. That’s a whole lot of storage at a cheap price. And some computers even have OneDrive initially installed in them with free storage so you already might have this, you just don’t know it yet.
For Google Drive (or Google One), 2 TB of cloud storage will cost you $9.99. Either way, you can’t go wrong with choosing either Google Drive or OneDrive for storing your files in the cloud to save space.
Start syncing with Insync
Insync is a Google Drive and OneDrive sync app on Linux, Windows, and Mac. If you’re a web designer and use multiple computers and accounts, Insync will definitely improve your workflow.
Manage your Google Drive and OneDrive in one app interface! No need to switch between two apps.
We’re moving towards a multi-cloud environment and Insync lets you manage your Google Drive and OneDrive in one app interface — no need to switch between apps! Perfect if you use Google Drive to store personal photos but need access to OneDrive for work.
Download Insync now and make use of the 15-day free trial!