You probably know that you can host basic HTML websites on Dropbox using third party services like site44. Google recently announced that it has added similar capabilities to its cloud storage service Google Drive.
The core difference between the implementations is that you do not need a third party tool to host a plain HTML website on Google Drive, while you do if you want to host your website on Dropbox.
There is actually not a lot to it to publish webpages on Google Drive. All you need to do is follow these simple steps to do so:
Note that you can use relative links to link directly between HTML documents that you store in the folder. This basically means that you only need to reference the file name of the image, HTML, JS or CSS file instead of the full path that points to it.
While you are limited to static HTML pages more or less, you can use the free website hosting for a number of things. You can for instance export your bookmarks file to HTML and publish it on Google Drive, create a HTML file that links to all of your public downloads on the site, or make information available that you consider important.
The main advantage that Google Drive's web hosting implementation offers to you is that you can use it right away. What's less than ideal is the long random url that you need to share. You probably can get around it by pointing a domain name to the directory on Google Drive.
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