How to Host a Website for $0/Monthly Using Dropbox

by Kevin Delaney

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:

Dropbox 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.)

The Dropbox URL for the site will be long and unmemorable. No problem — head over to GoDaddy.com and register a domain name for less than $17 a year, and set it to redirect to your Dropbox website.

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.

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George Whittam April 13, 2010 at 12:11 am

That is pretty slick! I use Sugarsync myself, which is similar to Dropbox, but you can make ANY existing folders sync to the Internet. Never thought to share an HTML file before. When I do it with sugarsync, Firefox asks if I want to save or open the HTML file, rather than just browsing it, which could confuse some users. I wonder if that happens with Dropbox.

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