Glad tidings for start-ups, small businesses, and for everyone who wants to have their World Wide Web presence the easy way, without spending too much on web hosting.
Google Drive will now support website publishing following the simple steps of uploading HTML files and website assets and making the folders public. The only twist is that the user needs to use “webViewLink” code to link all the HTML and asset files in the folders. The not-so-technical people need not worry. Google Developers site gives comprehensive information on how to use the “webViewLink” code and it’s only a matter of time till someone makes an app to make the process even simpler.
The code enables the HTML files to show up in a URL in a simplified format, with the files having recognizable paths such as “images/android.jpg.” If you don’t have an index.html file, Google Drive will automatically display a list of the folder’s contents.
This new feature of Google Drive is ideal for people who want to have and maintain a small and basic website. For now, there are no details on bandwidth limitations. It would be fair to assume that this won’t be a solution for complex web sites with lots of traffic, but for the most basic users, Google Drive might just be enough.
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This is still complicated as hell. The only Google product I’ve been able to convert into a website is blogspot and that still has problems…