Publish a Web Site From Your Free Cloud Storage Account

With such a plethora of free cloud-based storage accounts available, it's hard to decide which one to choose.  SkyDrive, Google Drive, DropBox, TeamDrive, or another one.

Although all of the services offer free storage, some of them have additional functions too.  Google Drive, for example, comes with Google Docs so you can create and edit documents within your browser and store them in your cloud drive.

As someone who's recently acquired an iPad, I've also noticed something interesting about lots of iPad apps.  They have the ability to sync with an online storage account, and Dropbox seems the most popular.  For example, quite a few iPad notebook applications will sync to Dropbox, meaning that your notes are instantly copied to your account and to your PC.

Now, a company called Pancake has taken Dropbox synchronisation a step further, with a free service that allows you to use it to host a web site.  Your web pages are stored in a folder in your Dropbox, and you can edit them in there or via the Pancake online system.  Anyone can view your pages via their web browser (but of course, your other Dropbox folders remain private).

You can find out more, and sign up for free, at www.pancake.io.  If you want to be able to quickly create and maintain a web site, this could be very useful indeed.  And if you don't already have a Dropbox account, this might be a good excuse to sign up for one.  Both pancake and dropbox are free.

 

 

 

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by Geert on 1. May 2012 - 19:36  (92868)

What's the difference with placing a bunch of html files in your DropBox and creating public links for each file?
Can somebody explain?

by gruff on 29. April 2012 - 13:10  (92761)

Either I'm dumb as a dropbox pancake or pancake and dropbox are one and the same. I signed up at pancake and from that point everything became dropbox. Nor could I sign in. They kept telling me my email address was invalid. This is really screwed up and James G. is right. What's the purpose?

by James G (not verified) on 29. April 2012 - 13:03  (92760)

While this is an interesting idea, why use this service when you can just edit your web pages and post them yourself? Why should anyone use a third party service, free or not to do something that can as easily be accomplished without it. I find that in computing as in everything else, clutter is distracting. That's why it's so much easier to use one product for one function and not have the swiss army knife of services that do fifty things, but none of them well. It confuses some users.

by Martijn (not verified) on 29. April 2012 - 17:02  (92770)

Well, this is pretty easy to use.

It uses technology that people are already used to (putting files into their Dropbox account). The text files that Pancake uses are formatted with Markdown, so you do not need to have knowledge of HTML, but can still easily make your webpage.

You also do not need to worry about where to store the files for your website, because Dropbox takes care of it for you.

There is no need to design a website, because Pancake has themes (currently just a couple, but that's just a matter of time) that can easily be installed.

Because the Pancake-service interprets the text files, it can also add additional services, like links to other webpage files in your Dropbox folder.

This could be the web publishing of the future, when the Pancake service will be expanded to include more possibilities (I can imagine an online photo gallery that uses pictures that are stored in a folder in your Dropbox account).

by gruff on 29. April 2012 - 20:08  (92778)

Thanks for your description, Martin. I appreciate it and understand it better. But I still can't sign in. When I first got to the site, I signed up with my email address and a password. Ever since then when I try to log in, I get an error message saying the email address was invalid. The only correction option they offer is to let me reset my password. Seems there is nothing I can do about my email address -- which IS valid as it's one I use all the time.

Thanks.

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