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I have a shared hosting plan with Hostgator. I would like to take more advantage of it by installing some sort of free & open-source software that would synchronize all designated files from my pc, android and ios devices to my hosting. The overall goal is to have a place that my android devices and my wifes ios devices can sync pictures, videos and music to.

Box gives 10Gb free and syncs to ios and android and appears to have an app that will auto-sync pics to a Box account (something that Box apparently doesn't do by default). I'd like to have more space though thus the reason for wanting to use the personal hosting account that I'm already paying for.

Her iCloud account does the trick but it's got limited free space from what I can tell and doesn't solve the issue of me being able to access our stuff on Android.

It seems like currently the only solution out there is owncloud which I've tried and have had little success with. It's extremely buggy and there isn't enough support for it yet, however the concept is just what I'm looking for.

Is there anything else I can try that is free an that I can host myself?

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Cloud is a generic buzz word that doesn't really mean anything. Are you looking for file storage? file sharing? email? If you are looking for alternatives to owncloud, checkout alternativeto.net alternativeto.net/software/owncloud –  spuder Sep 3 '13 at 2:12
Product and Service recommendations are considered off topic on super user. Instead, maybe ask about how you can make something like that work better and post what you have tried. People may be able to help with it being buggy/lacking support - or they may volunteer info of other possible services. –  nerdwaller Sep 3 '13 at 2:54
I updated my original post to make more sense and defines now what my real goals are. –  Jared Eitnier Sep 3 '13 at 13:42
Apart from the obvious technology issue that you need a software specifically written for web hosters, a word of warning: file syncing, comparing chunks, etc. can be a resource intensive procedure and may be considered a violation of the applicable Terms of Service. Hostgator's own TOS states: Using a shared account as a backup/storage device is not permitted, with the exception of one cPanel backup of the same account. –  Janoszen Sep 3 '13 at 15:59
Due to the technology and performance profiling involved, a shared hosting is not going to cut it as a file sync'ing platform. Webhosting providers usually optimize their system for short outbound transfers (HTTP responses), not continuous up and down transfers. When only using HTTP, your sync agent will continuously ask the server if there's something new, etc. which will kick off some alarms with any decent hosting provider. In other words you will need a VPS or a dedicated server. –  Janoszen Sep 3 '13 at 15:59

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To be specific, Cloud is a vast term, including cloud computing, cloud storage etc. To be more specific you are looking for a solution to run your own private cloud i.e file sharing, storing on a server & you don't want to pay to hosting companies for storage, Domain Name Server or for software/app for accessing your files on your cloud.

Ok i have a good news for you u can do all of that, but u need to buy a router with a USB port having functionality of using that USB port as FTP server storage. You can check Asus website, router section for more info.

After buying a USB FTP router you can run your own FTP server without the need of a computer to be powered on all the time as the router can run the ftp server on its own firmware & processing power.

Next major problem is, home users generally do not have static ip-address, if you have a static IP you are good to go but if your ISP gives you dynamic IP address, u need to register for a free Dynamic DNS service from http://www.noip.com/ this will solve the dynamic ISP problem. (this is important because running a ftp server on router with dynamic IP means the IP-address will change every time you switch off router, This means you have to manually check the IP address of your FTP server every time you switch on your router, to avoid this use noip.com)

Finally to transfer files from you cloud (your ftp server running on your router with storage of USB/USB-hardrive plugged in on USB port behind the router), you can

1)Use free FTP file transfer software's like filezilla.

2)Map a network drive on your computer, pointing the drive to your FTP server Using free DNS service from "noip.com" you registered for.

3)Use online file transfer FTP websites to transfer file to/from your cloud FTP server.

4)Use browser based FTP clients like FireFTP add-on for Firefox.

AS you have updated your original post ,laying stress on folder sync functionality. I recommended a ASUS router, which provide smart sync, from there free app called "ASUS AI cloud " , I think it is exactly what you are looking for, have a look here http://event.asus.com/2012/nw/aicloud/

You can give exclusive user rights to people accessing your storage drive on your cloud FTP server by logging in your router page as admin. This is how you can run a basic private cloud like google drive, dropbox, skydrive etc from your home, without paying anybody.

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That's a start, but FTP doesn't offer folder synching, a big plus of dropbox-like services in my opinion. –  That Brazilian Guy Sep 3 '13 at 12:32
You are correct. But it doesn't change the fact FTP has no folder sync. –  That Brazilian Guy Sep 3 '13 at 14:44
@ThatBrazilianGuy Folder sync is small piece of software/app that uploads your data to the cloud storage just like google drive does for you on your PC & yes FTP has folder sync, The concept i suggested is a ASUS router providing USB based FTP server & their free "AI cloud app" Providing folder sync functionality, you can check here for details <event.asus.com/2012/nw/aicloud/>; –  DragonFire111 Sep 3 '13 at 15:29
I see you have updated your answer. A combo FTP server + synching app is much nicer. Ideally if it was open source (as the OP stated it on his question) would be perfect. I suppose there are open source alternatives? –  That Brazilian Guy Sep 3 '13 at 16:02
I really like the idea of the ASUS router & app. I didn't wanna spend any money but I'm realizing from other comments that using my hosting provider isn't going to work at all. Pretty cool that's out there though, a great move by ASUS. –  Jared Eitnier Sep 3 '13 at 16:33

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