So you’ve got some web content, now what do you do with it? Typically, this is where you’d upload your content to a web server.
Maybe you’re new to creating web content and the idea of signing up with a web host is daunting. Perhaps you’re dipping your toe in the water, and you don’t yet need your own domain name. You just need a place to post your files so that others can view them.
Fortunately, there’s a cheap (in most cases free) and easy solution. You can use Dropbox to host web sites.
Step 1: Copy your site into the Public folder within your Dropbox Directory
You may want to create a subfolder, so that you can house multiple sites in your Public folder.
Important note: If your Dropbox account was created before Oct. 4, 2012, you will automatically have a Public folder. If your account is newer, you may have to request a public folder. (This may now require a paid account). See the Helpful Links section below for other options.
Step 2: Right-click and choose Copy Public Link
Step 3: Paste the link in your browser to test, or paste into an email to send
Optional: You can use a link shortener to create a more memorable URL.
Strengths of Using Dropbox as a Web Server
- Built-in version control
- Doesn’t require an File Transfer Protocol (FTP) application. Files can be managed from the desktop.
Weaknesses of Using Dropbox as a Web Server
- No server-side scripts
- URL is generic
New to Dropbox? It’s a very useful service. Check out Keith Gilbert’s Up and Running with Dropbox course on Lynda.com to learn more about what you can do with Dropbox.
Need a Dropbox account? You can create one for free.
See also 4 Ways to Host Your Website on Dropbox.