I love Dropbox, a free service that allows you to easily upload files to a remote server — and to automatically sync those files on any number of other computers that you specify.
When you sign up for Dropbox, you get 2 GB of storage space. You can increase this either by buying more space or by referring other people to join. (More on this last in a moment.)
One very cool trick I discovered is that you can host a basic HTML website for free using Dropbox. Here’s how:
1. Register for Dropbox and install the app on your computer.
2. Open the Dropbox file; open the file marked “Public.”
3. Drag an HTML file into the Public folder. Once it transfers, right-click on the file. Select “Dropbox,” then “Copy Public Link.” Here’s a screenshot:
4. Paste the URL into your Web browser. Viola! Your website is now live.
You can do this with a single HTML file, or drag a folder with HTML, images, audio, etc. into the Public folder.
Note that this will only work for basic, HTML-based pages. You can’t host a more complex site that requires a server. (For example, a WordPress blog.)
As I stated above, when you sign up for Dropbox you get 2 GB of free storage space. Sign up via my link, and you’ll get an extra 250 MB right off the bat — plus you can then refer others to the site using your own special referral link. For each person who signs up through you, you’ll get another 250 MB, up to a limit of 8 GB of total free space.