In fact, the company is eating its own dog food by providing web developers with the directions required to perform the same easily, on Google Drive.
Here’s what web developers need to do:
- Create a new folder in Drive and share it as “Public on the web.”
- Upload your HTML, JS & CSS files to this folder.
- Open the HTML file & you will see “Preview” button in the toolbar.
- Share the URL that looks like www.googledrive.com/host/… from the preview window and anyone can view your web page.
It is not a very big news, but without any doubt Web developers will surely love it. If you design or develop websites and wish to provide your clients with a demo of your work, this would be a very convenient approach to show your clients what you have done and achieved so far.
Although, we don’t suggest using Google Drive as your main hosting service, but if you are making use of Google Drive for sharing and saving your websites related files, this value-addition by Google would not hurt definitely. As Google wants you to first share your files openly in the public , there should not be any privacy related issues here – no one would be able to view your site until and unless you are completely done with that and you provide them the with link.
Of course , Google’s main objective is to expand its user-base for Google Drive. If the cloud storage service which you are using currently cannot perform this, then it is doubtful that you will switch, but if you are already a Google Drive user, you may find yourself using it more than SkyDrive or Dropbox.