Idea: A simple Dropbox-based web service

The scenario

  • A sub-folder of my Dropbox folder is named My Website.
  • It contains two files: index.html and hippieVan.gif.
  • The HTML file just displays the GIF.
  • But of course it could be a richer, complex website.

The hypothetical web service

  • I go to a website which I access with my Dropbox credentials.
  • A list of my folders shows up. I click on the checkbox next to the My Website folder.
  • At the bottom of the page, I click on the Make Public button.
  • A dialog appears, confirming that I want to give this folder a public URL.
  • Once confirmed, a dialog appears giving me the URL.

How it works

  • I’m not sure. It could be a server itself that does real-time caching of the contents of this folder. When a request comes in for an item in the folder, it does a HEAD request on the file, if it hasn’t changed, it serves out of its cache.
  • Or it could keep the contents of the folder in synch with a folder in an Amazon S3 bucket, or some equivalent service that runs the server that accesses the content.
  • It could be a for-pay service. I would happily pay a few bucks for a year’s worth of set-and-forget web access.
  • And for a few more bucks, a custom domain.

Positioning statement

  • Super-lightweight post-Web 2.0 web hosting.
  • The CMS lives elsewhere.
  • It just serves up the content.

Why I want it

  • I want to build on this feature in my software. 😉

Let me know

  • If you know of a service that does this, please let me know.
  • If it doesn’t exist, we have to create it. 😉
  • I’d much rather use yours. And maybe invest in it.
  • “cheesecake”

About Dave Winer

Dave Winer, 54, pioneered the development of weblogs, syndication (RSS), podcasting, outlining, and web content management software; former contributing editor at Wired Magazine, research fellow at Harvard Law School, entrepreneur, and investor in web media companies. A native New Yorker, he received a Master's in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, a Bachelor's in Mathematics from Tulane University and currently lives in Berkeley, California.
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