Host your Site
on Dropbox

Olga Weis

If you ever wondered, ‘How to host a website for free?’ you’ll be pleased to know that Dropbox can be of help here. This cloud storage service can host static website. There are several ways in which Dropbox can do it for you –with the help of special services and applications or directly from the cloud. Read on to find out the details.

Dropbox

Use KISSr


KISSr is a service for Dropbox hosting if you’d like to use your domain name. If you opt for a third-level domain, e.g. yourdomainname.kissr.co, the service is free, while for second-level domain, e.g. yourdomain.com, you have to pay.

Be warned that although Dropbox is used as the backend, using KISSr for static hosting limits the overall storage and bandwidth of your Dropbox folder.

Use DropPages


This web application connects to your Dropbox account to create a site and allows giving it a subdomain name, e.g. yourname.droppages.com Unlike KISSr it does not take any space in your account on Dropbox website.

Here is your step-by-step guide on how to do it:

  1. Sign into your Dropbox account on http://my.droppages.com. Confirm you allow the app to access your Dropbox account.

  2. Click ‘Create a new site’ button and enter a name for your site, e.g. freshfood.droppages.com.

  3. Follow instructions to proceed.

A note: do check if you want to use for your site Dropbox offered pre-built themes.

Use Site44


Site44 is one more solution to your ‘How to host your website?’ question.

  1. Sign in your Dropbox account on http://www.site44.com.
  2. Click on the ‘Create a new website’ button. Now you can choose whether you want to use a free site44.com domain or your own domain.
  3. Follow further instructions.

Your site will be stored in a Dropbox folder inside the Site 44 folder, e.g. Dropbox/Apps/site44/yoursite.site44.com.

Creating the public folder manually

Creating the public folder manually

You can create a website in a Public folder in your Dropbox account, without involving other services and apps.

This is how you can do it:

  1. Create a ‘Public’ folder in your Dropbox account

  2. Upload pages to Dropbox under Public folder.
    This subfolder will be the root folder for the site with all your HTML pages. Right-click on a file to get the public link to it and share it with others. Whoever gets a link to the file can access your website.

  3. Dropbox links are not easy to remember, so if your host allows it, you can redirect pages hosted on Dropbox to your own domain. If this is not an option, use the .htaccess file to redirect pages.

In the root folder of your domain create the .htaccess file and enter the following: RedirectMatch 301 /site(.*) https://dl.dropbox.com/u/1234567/site/$1

Where “/site” is the name of your site folder, replace it with the actual name. The Dropbox public URL needs to be replaced with the public URL obtained from the context menu displayed on the right-clicking files in the Public folder.

As you see, to host website Dropbox is easy,
so make sure to give it a try.


Moreover, a piece of software called CloudMounter makes it really easy to manage files hosted on the cloud. The application is capable of mounting your Dropbox account contents on Mac so it appears as if it were on a local hard drive. CloudMounter is compatible with other cloud services too and capable of connecting you to remote servers via FTP/FTPS/SFTP and WebDAV protocols, thus serving as a single point of access to your online data.

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