- 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.
- 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.