Hosting a Static Website on Dropbox

Dropbox is a cloud based file hosting service provider. Dropbox allows users to create a special folder on each of their computers, which Dropbox then synchronizes so that it appears to be the same folder (with the same contents) regardless of which computer is used to view it. Files placed in this folder also are accessible through a website and mobile phone applications.

This blog explains the steps involved in hosting a static website on Dropbox.

Many a times we need a simple static website which maybe our Resume, Invitation, Notice etc or you may be a newbie to webhosting. In these cases its not cost efficient and takes more time when you signup for hosting space. Dropbox offers some features which allows users to create and publish static websites ease and zero cost.

Although there are other such cloud storage providers, I would recommend Dropbox because of its features.

Step 1: Signup

Go to http://dropbox.com and signup for a Dropbox Account. After successful Signup download the Client Software for DropBox and install it. If you already have an account skip this step.

Dropbox_Signup

Step 2: Setting Up

Create a folder named “Pubic” in the Dropbox folder. Inside the folder Public create another folder “mycv” this is the folder where we shall out all our HTML files.

Dropbox_mycv_folder

then click on the link to activate public folder for your account, which is by default turned off.

Step 3: Create HTML pages.

Inside the folder mycv create a file index.htm which shall be the main page for our website.

Dropbox_html_file

Step 4: Get Website URL

Right click on the index.htm file and select “Copy Public Link” 

Dropbox_public_link

Go to any of you browser and past the URL and go. Done! This will be the link to your static website.

Dropbox_site

Step 5: Shorten the URL

The above generated URL may be long, hence use URL Shorteners such as http://goo.gl/ to shorten the URL.

Google_URL_Shortener

 

I hope this has been useful for you and I’d like to thank you for reading. If you like this article, please leave a helpful comment and share it with your friends.

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