Are you using Dropbox, the free file-synchronization utility that won First Class Flyer last week? It was mentioned that Dropbox files in the ‘Public’ folder each have a link that you can share with the world. But did you know this can be used in many clever ways, including hosting your very own website?
Simply add your HTML files, CSS, scripts, etc… into Dropbox’s public folder. Then copy the URL of each HTML page.
The sample site I created is an HTML copy of files.techairlines.com.
Only regular HTML files with client side scripting is allowed. Server side scripting like PHP will not work. In addition, directory indexing does not work so the index.html part is required or it will trigger a 404 error.
Want a Shorter URL?
Of course, the long Dropbox URL can get ridiculous, so is there a way to make the URL shorter? Technically no, but there are free services that let you hide the long URL and display the site in a frame instead.
And that service would be the previously reviewed free domain services such as Dot.TK and CO.CC.
And there you have it. A simple website hosted completely for free using Dropbox.
Have any other clever suggestions for using Dropbox? Leave your thoughts in the comments.