How to Host Website on Dropbox Account for Free
The Internet has been growing rapidly for the past some years and have become a necessity now. Millions of new websites are getting launched daily and in this growing no. of websites, a thought of having your own website, might have struck your mind. Isn’t it? Well, the process of creating websites is quite simple but not so for the newbie’s.
The day since I have joined the online world, I have been seeing many people hitting up with the idea of creating website and then ending it up without any practical output, just because of some problems like domain name, web hosting. If you are also out of the list of such people, then let me tell you that your reason is genuine. Web hosting plans really sucks and pain work of setting them up for your website even sucks more. Many websites offer free web hosting but you need to compromise with the ads to use them.
Many people even get ready to compromise with ads, slow speed just because of the free web hosting. But don’t worry, you need not to join the list as I am going to explain an awesome of setting up a simple website in which you will not be requiring any addition web hosting service, but will be using your Dropbox storage to host your website. Yeah, you heard it right. You can use your Dropbox storage to host your website’s files.
Pancake.io is the service that allows you to host website on Dropbox for free. Let’s see that how you can use this service to host your website’s files in your Dropbox account.
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How to host Website on Dropbox account for free
Step 1. First of all, you need to have an account on Pancake.io. If you don’t have it already, just point your browser to Pancake.io. Just provide your email address and password of your choice in the sign up page and click on ‘Sign Up’. This will create your account on Pancake.io.
It will then take you to Dropbox login page. Just login there and link your Pancake.io account (that you just created) with your Dropbox account. Give the asked permissions so as to allow the Pancake.io to create a folder in your Dropbox account.
Step 2. The initial process is all done. Now you need to work for your website’s content. Just simply create the content that you want on your page. Note that while creating content for your page, you can use HTML language, PDF or Microsoft files. Add as maximum content as you want and after creating the desired content, save it simply. But make sure that you are saving it in the Apps/pancake.io folder.
Step 3. Open any file from your Apps/pancake.io folder that you want to work as homepage. After opening the file, you will find ‘Share’ option. Click on it and then click on ‘Copy Link’. This will copy the link pointing to that opened file/page, to your clipboard.
Just share this link with your friends and when anyone will visit this link, they will end up with your website’s page, the page which is saved in your Dropbox account just because of Pancake.io.
The visitors will only be able to see the page but not to edit it. Well, you might be familiar that Dropbox daily traffic limit of 10GB for free users. Not following this guideline will suspend your Dropbox account. So don’t think about creating a big site using this technique.
So what are you waiting for? Your Dropbox account has the potential to give you the taste of having your own website and that also for free. Just proceed ahead and make a one for you. Share your experience with us in the comment box below.
Author Bio: Sai Krishna is a blogger and software enthusiast and software testing professional. He is currently associated with A1QA a software testing company.