How To Host Your Website on Google Drive as a Free Web Hosting Solution

Google Drive is a file storage and synchronization service provided by Google, released on April 24, 2012, which enables user cloud storage, file sharing and collaborative editing (wikipedia). On November 28, 2012, Google Drive got the support for site publishing. Users can now store their complete website or an HTML page built using HTML, CSS , Javascript and Images. This can be useful for creating online invitation for small events or presenting a demo of your web project to your clients.

Using Google Drive as a web hosting solution can be considered more reliable because you are using trusted network of Google Data Centres. If you are new to web development and want to test your projects or host your own website without spending extra money then Google Site Publishing can be your answer. Below is the step by step guide to use Google Drive as a web host :

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Step 1 : Login to your Google Drive account click Create> Select Folder

                          

Step 2 : Give a name to your Folder and click Create.

Step 3: Now select your Folder and click Share icon.

Step 4: Now click on Change and select Public option and click on save button and then done.

           (remember to select “can view” from access menu located at bottom of sharing settings page)
Step 5: Now click on folder title of your website.

Step 6: Now click on upload icon and upload the folder containing the files of your websites or you can also upload each files of your website seperately.

         (you can find free templates by searching “free html templates” on google)
Step 7: Now click on upload and share. All the files will be uploaded with same sharing settings as selected in step 4.
Step 8: To locate your website’s address , move to website folder and copy the string characters after #folder/

step 9: Now open a new tab and paste the string characters in the address bar after http://googledrive.com/host/
Step 10: You can shorten and share the URL address of your new website by using various online URL Shortening services likes bit.ly .

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