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.
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:
2. Give the new folder a name:
3. Change sharing options for the folder:
4. Change access from Private to Public on the web:
5. Upload 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.
7. From the file’s quick preview, choose Open:
8. Choose Preview to open the page on the web:
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org account and give them edit rights:
2. Then give ownership to email@example.com:
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.