Using Google Drive as a web host

We all know that Google Drive is a great place to store files and documents in the cloud.

Drive can also be used as a simple web server and host most files such as HTML & CSS and very for hosting Soundslides audio-slideshows.

If you’re hosting a Soundslides audio slideshow, have a look at this post which explains how to export and embed into a website.

Warning

If you’re a Sheffield University student,  your Google Mail/Drive account will expire once you graduate and any content on there will be deleted forever!

To get around this, either use your own personal account, or pass on ownership to one of the department’s accounts.

How to do it

It’s fairly simple. You need to create a folder in Google Drive, share it publicly on the web, upload content, then find the public link to your hosted file.

Follow the simple steps:

1. Create a new folder in Google Drive:

Create a new folder
Create a new folder

2.  Give the new folder a name:

Give the folder a name
Give the folder a name

3.  Change sharing options for the folder:

Click sharing options
Click sharing options

4. Change access from Private to Public on the web:

Change access from Private..
Change access from Private..
Choose Public on the web
Choose Public on the web

5.  Upload your files to the web folder:

Copy your files to the web folder
Copy your files to the web folder

6. Choose the landing page: 

Often called index.html, it’s the web page which is the first to load.

Choose the landing page you want to view online - For a Soundslides project it is index.html
Choose the landing page you want to view online – For a Soundslides project it is index.html

7. From the file’s quick preview, choose Open:

From the file's quick preview, choose Open
From the file’s quick preview, choose Open

8. Choose Preview to open the page on the web:

Click Preview to open this page on the web.
Click Preview to open this page on the web.
You now have your project hosted and can go to google and search for "soundslides embed" to find the embedding utility.
You now have your project hosted and can go to google and search for “soundslides embed” to find the embedding utility.

This page is the live hosted web page. You can copy the URL and use it anywhere on the web and generate an embed code using the SoundSlides Embed Utility.

Changing Ownership

 

If you’re using your University Gmail account, then it will expire when you graduate and any content will be deleted.

You need to change ownership of the folder.

1. From the sharing settings, add the journotech@sheffield.ac.uk account and give them edit rights:

Add the new user as an editor and save.
Add the new user as an editor and save.

2. Then give ownership to journotech@sheffield.ac.uk:

Change ownership to the new user
Change ownership to the new user

You will still be able to edit the folder, but when you graduate and your account is deleted, the content will remain in journotech’s account.

 

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