Making use of Google drive to host your website for free


Google drive is the cloud service from google. Google Drive is similar to dropbox, but provides a little less space (3 GB to be exact). However, it is also a very easy way to host your website for free. This guide shows you exactly how to do that. And, you can always upgrade your space upto 3 TB!

Note: This isn’t a very long & descriptive guide, but it is one which will help you get your work done easily.

Google has officialy said that it is supporting hosting for various formats. There are no given bandwidth limits, but the disk space for an account is 15GB (including Gmail & photos). However, you can always upgrade to more space.

The only problem that I see is that Google drive doesn’t allow you to use server side scripting languages (like PHP). Only static elements (HTML, CSS, JS) can be used.

Guide to your free hosting on Google Drive

There are only a few steps involved in this process. Let me guide you:-

    • Log in to your google account. No further tutorial needed.
    • Go to drive.google.com or click drive on the top black bar from your google account.
    • Create a new folder. name it whatever you want to.

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    • Once created, select the folder and checkmark it besides it name and click on the person icon in the header.

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    • From there, click on change in “Who has access” panel. Then, change it to public so that anyone can see it. The, click save and then done. The modal box will disappear.

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    • Now, go inside your folder, and upload all your website assets (HTML, CSS, JS). It will upload all the files.
    • Click on the main index file of your website and then from the slideshow, click “open”. It will open in a new tab.

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    • From there, click on the preview button present in the menu. It will take you to your URL.

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    • Final step. Copy the long URL that it provides, and use it anywhere you want to.

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    • Done!

So, in this post , I showed you how to use Google drive to host your website for free.

From here, you can do what you want. If you’re curious, we also have a google drive page. It’s almost empty, but I think I might use it for various demonstrations in the future.

So, do you think that we should use google drive as a web host, provided it doesn’t support PHP ? What are it’s other uses ? Tell us in the comments below.

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6 thoughts on “Making use of Google drive to host your website for free

  1. Hm…that’s interesting. I never thought about using Google as a host…since that wasn’t really their intentions when they made Google Drive, I don’t know how effective it would be? Personally, I use PHP in alot of my websites, so that would be an issue for me. However, I could see myself uploading all of my files and assets in a “host” folder on Google drive as a backup.

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    1. yeah, Kiarra. Not having PHP is a big show stopper. But, however, it might be good for someone who is just starting out with this. You know, HTML, CSS, JS. Somebody, who particularly doesn’t want to get into PHP.

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  2. I am using Jquery in my website .. HTML CSS works just fine but the jquery does not work .. does it has any limitation on the Jquery ?

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