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Host your own websites in Google Drive

Google Drive lets you publish a directory as a website. You can insert static web assets such as HTML, CSS, and image files in a publicly shared folder, and then serve those files directly to users via file names in a relative path. Drive supports JavaScript and other client-side scripting languages, so it's even possible to run a JavaScript Drive app directly from Drive.

The requirements to publish are:

The folder containing site assets must be public. Assets added to public folders must also be public on the web.

Link to the files contained in the folder using the webViewLink folder ID plus the path to the file.

To create a public folder programmatically, you'll need to insert a "file" of the MIME type application/vnd.google-apps.folder (a type reserved for folders in Drive) and then set the appropriate permissions. The account type must be set to anyone, and the role must be reader. The following samples demonstrate how to create a public folder using the supported client libraries.


Host Simple Website for Free on Dropbox with Site44

Site44 is a web service that provides an easy and fast way to publish static HTML files to the web by linking the contents of a special folder in your Dropbox account to its optimized hosting platform. One of the obvious advantages of using Site44 is the integration with Dropbox. Your Dropbox is your hosting platform. And because of this, editing website contents has never become that easy. Changes to the files on Dropbox automatically appears on your website within seconds. No more FTP headaches, and no more publishing hassles.

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Website Monitoring with Google Docs

Monitor your Website's Uptime with Google Docs courstesy of Amit Agarwal who is a personal technology columnist at WSJ India, author and founder of Digital Inspiration, a widely-read tech and how-to blog.

Build your own site monitor with the help of Google Docs. The one big advantage with Google Docs is that it can be configured to check your website status every minute and thus you'll instantly know if your site is down.

It will take a few minutes to configure Google Docs as an uptime monitor for your website.

  • Assuming that you are signed-in to your Google Account, click here to make a copy of the Google Docs sheet.
  • Put your website's URL in cell E3 and your email address in cell E5. This is the address where you wish to receive notifications for downtime and uptime.
  • Go to Tools -> Script Editor -> Resources -> Current Script's Triggers and set a Time-Driven trigger for every minute (or 5 minutes).
  • Save the Trigger and Google Docs will show a big red warning asking for authorization. Just accept it and Save the trigger again.

That's it. The Google Docs sheet will monitor your website in the background at all times and will send an email alert whenever it has trouble accessing the website. If the issue is resolved, you'll get another notification saying "all's well."

Also, the downtime details (including the server responses) are logged in the Google Docs sheet itself so you can later analyze the downtime in greater detail. You can browse the source code to understand how monitoring works behind the scenes.


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