Are you launching an app with lots of user-generated or product content? Then you’ll need a steady file handling infrastructure in place.
While on the MVP stage, you can implement basic file uploads from open source in a few weeks, so it may seem quite an easy nut to crack. But as soon as you start to scale and the number of use cases spirals, you may begin to encounter traps and pitfalls.
Potential issues may pop up at any stage of a file’s journey:
You’ll need to support all sorts of files, including crazy large ones, because end users usually don’t care about the file size and format. On top of that, the more users and content you have, the higher the risk of janky web performance and security hazards.
The storage will need to be secure and able to scale as you grow. If you’re planning to handle personal or health data, you’ll have to make sure you’re HIPAA and GDPR compliant.
Here you’ll have to think about media conversion and compression, creating thumbnails and watermarking, content moderation, and art direction. And, consequently, all possible ways to automate the process.
To deliver the content fast and tailor it to the individual’s context, you’ll have to think about serving it from different locations and building automated responsiveness.
A fully fledged file handling infrastructure covering all the points above can take up to 2-3 years to build and 50 hours of maintenance per year, not to mention sorting out the potential security issues.
That’s why hiring a reliable third-party vendor like Uploadcare can be a game-changer, saving you time and focus.
Uploadcare is a ready-to-integrate infrastructure that covers file uploading, processing, and delivery. As a Hackquarters partner, it offers a $1000 monthly no-compromise credit for you to start up and scale.
Perks for your team:
If you’re a founder and you want to apply for the Uploadcare incentive program, contact firstname.lastname@example.org and mention you're from the Hackquarters community.
To learn more about Uploadcare, visit uploadcare.com.