(+) Publish Your Genealogy Data on the Web at No Additional Charge with Dropbox

The following is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman. 

Would you like to publish your genealogy information on the web at no cost? Sure, there are dozens of ways to do that, but most of those methods result in hosting on someone else’s web site and having advertisements inserted into your genealogy pages. I don’t like that. Another method is to pay a web hosting service and obtain your own domain name. That’s an excellent solution except for one thing: it costs money. However, if you use Dropbox, you have a free solution that does not insert any unwanted ads into your pages. Best of all, you may (optionally) make the files visible to everyone on the World Wide Web at no extra charge. You files will be visible to anyone who enters an address that begins with http://dl.dropbox.com

For a few dollars more, you can even use a custom domain name, such as: http://www.tollerfamilytree.com. (All domain names in this article are fictitious, used only as examples.)

I tend to think of genealogy when I speak of publishing information on the Web, but there are dozens of other uses as well. For instance, you could publish your bowling league’s standings, the web site for your son’s Cub Scouts den, or the new real estate company you just opened. The service works well for static web pages, which is what most individuals will want to publish. It doesn’t work with sophisticated web pages that use PHP, Java, or similar technologies. However, you can publish text, pictures, music, and most other media on the Web.

In fact, many of the pictures in this newsletter at http://www.eogn.com are actually stored on Dropbox. I simply make them available to you and to everyone else on the Web.

If you do not use Dropbox yet, this may be a good reason to take advantage of this free program. I have written about Dropbox frequently in the past. You can find the program at http://www.dropbox.com.

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