How to Host Your Website on Dropbox

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Stefan Kroes

We have recently been working on a new service that lets you go one step further. Sitebox.io lets you create pages on your Dropbox in a more user friendly format called Markdown, which are then automatically converted to html and published on you website. The service also provides a nice template with an automatic menu and preview functionality. If you are looking for a way to create a site from your Dropbox, I encourage you to check us out!

- Stefan Kroes
(founder of Sitebox.io)

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Tihomir Piha

If you need Dropbox web hosting with PHP and MySQL, there is a service for that, it's called Synkee.

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Todd Proebsting

Dropbox has been phasing out their public folders and enforcing bandwidth limits. If you’re looking for an alternative way to host a website using Dropbox, Site44.com provides simple web hosting by turning Dropbox folders into websites. Site44 supports custom domains, redirects and custom MIME types at no additional charge. Site44 has a free Starter plan, and inexpensive Personal and Professional plans are available for sites needing additional resources.

Full Disclosure: I’m a founder of Site44. I hope you will give it a try.

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masonforest

This works great for sites that don't require their own domain. If you need to host a website out of your dropbox on your own domain I would sugest KISSr.co

Note: I created KISSr and would appreciate any feedback anyone has to offer. Thanks!

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gusdfunk

what is the minimum type of account to host? (free one?)

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agrudsky

I have just one problem.
When I right click my html file in the DropBox folder sites, I do not get a copy public link option. I only get two options: Browse on Dropbox Website, and Share this Folder. Can you help?

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Chris Ferrara

I use this method to host my website until it brings enough traffic where it needs its own server. Dropbox has limits to how many people can view public files (its actually regulated as the size downloaded) on their website somewhere.

As for PHP i highly doubt there is a way to turn it on. The following quote makes a lot more sense if you turn can into cannot. PHP is a server side script and dropbox dosen‘t want you using all their resources. Also the reference to iWeb and hard code means that the pages are static and therefore do not require PHP.

“While you're limited to plain HTML, CSS and JavaScript, you can run PHP. So if you use iWeb or hard code your website, you absolutely can use Dropbox to host it.“

The only other thing is the URL looks dirty
so i just do a tiny URL to give to my friends: Tiny url .com /fratmusic (marked as spam whoops...take out spaces)

Check it out, it works very well. I am curious though if there is a way people would be able to access your other public files though

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kimptoc

Hi,

Thanks for the tutorial - worked fine for me.

@pditty357 - the clipboard is a virtual place that holds things when you copy/paste on your Mac.

My question is how to enable the PHP option - you mentioned that Dropbox supports this - thats correct, right? Or did I misunderstand the wording?

Thanks, Chris

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corybohon

Hi Chris, 

Sorry about that! It was a typo in the article. Dropbox will *not* allow you to run PHP code from their service. You are limited to pages implementing HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Only client-side scripting is allowed, no server-side scripting. 

 

-Cory

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pditty357

I feel like there is a step missing here somewhere, any chance of getting a video tutorial on this? I have my website through iWeb using GoDaddy, I like the sound of what you are saying here but I must be missing something as I have followed all the instructions above but still can't find this: "After doing this, the online URL to the main page of your Dropbox-hosted website will be copied to your clipboard" where is this clipboard your talking about? and why doesn't it magically appear? Also will I need to copy all my medial to this location as well? I just started grabbing css files but there is a bunch of them?

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corybohon

The clipboard is the place where something goes when you copy it. To get something out of the clipboard, you need to paste it into the address bar in your web browser by pressing Command + V (or going to Edit > Paste). 

 

Hope this helps! 

 

-Cory

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pditty357

The part I was missing was where to get these files from (I know now they are the files I host using mobileme) I was not sure where to find the right files as Apple puts them where they belong. So the step I thought would be missing would be to navigate people to their mobileme account and grab the file that says "site" from their "idisk" drill down until you get to the name of your website folder. Then I copied this whole file brought it over to dropbox in the folder you had me create called "site" then when I copied the url I actually got a working version of my site like you instructed. Thanks!

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corybohon

Glad you were finally able to get this working!

-Cory 

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