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A Guide To Hosting Your Website With Google Drive

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 1 0

Let's break it down into simpler terms so that you can be on your way to hosting your own web pages using Google Drive.

1. Log into your Google Drive account. See the "Create" button? Click it and choose "Folder" in the sub-menu that pops up. A dialogue box will appear, in which you'll name this folder.

2. This new folder now appears in the list of folders contained in your drive. Click the checkbox next to the folder you just named in the step above, and then click the "Sharing Settings" icon. In order to act like a web host, you have to change the settings to public from private by clicking "Change," then choosing "Public on the Web."

3. That folder is looking pretty empty. Let's add some files to it! Click the folder title, then the upload icon. Choose "Files" from the dropdown menu that appears.

4. Select the index.html file you have on your hard drive, and then click "Upload and Share." There, now your site has a homepage!

In the event you do not have an index.html file, your visitors will see a directory listing of the files contained in that folder. Be aware that you don't let Google Drive convert the html files to GoogleDocs files.

5. Let's figure out what the site's web address is. Warning: there will be cutting and pasting going on for sure, and it can seem a bit tedious. If you don't have the time it takes to do this for your pages, you should likely consider another hosting option.

Begin by copying the characters that follow "#folders/" in the web address. Type "http://googledrive.com/host/" and paste the characters you copied directly after it. That is your brand spankin' new web address!

Now that your homepage is all set up, you're good to go! Although this hosting method might not be for the masses, it does have some excellent uses.

Who Is This Hosting Method For?

Looking for work? Use a Google Drive hosted site for your online resume.

Amateur photographer who wants to share their work with the world or friends and family? Add image files, and you made a photo gallery.

Baseball teams, or any type of team, that needs a place to put information for its members.

Coworkers or students collaborating on a project.

It's kind of like Dropbox in that you control who is able to view the information by restricting access. You can also give others editing privileges.

If it sounds like the perfect choice for you, expect to pay about $5/user/month, or $50/user/year. You'll get 10GB of storage, as well as 500MB of storage for each user in the group. Google Drive has added this feature to its service that's been around for quite some time, adding value and moving it up the rankings of services like it.

If you are one of those who simply must compare an option against similar services, try Dropbox and Basecamp.

Would you use Google Drive to host your group website? Why, or why not?

 

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