Create a website using Dropbox and a text editor

Whether it is for rapid prototyping or just to easily throw up a few thoughts online, the last tool you would think of is Dropbox. However its now possible using Droppages.

I love some of the insane creativity that spews forth from some of the staff at Headscape. Take for example Dave McDermid (one of our very talented developers). After a hard day coding Headscape it goes home and starts on various personal projects such as his crusade to create a mobile interface to his bank account despite the horrendous security implications!

Setting aside his semi-legal behaviour in recently came up with what I think is a great little idea.

We all love Dropbox

Dropbox seems to be everywhere these days an integrated into every conceivable application. People use Dropbox to sync files between computers, back up crucial data online and even as a version control system.

Even though overpriced in many ways, it is simple and easy-to-use and save my asked a number of times.

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However despite its power and flexibility it would never occurred to me in 100 years to use it as a lightweight content management system. Dave on the other hand didn’t just think it he built it.

Enter Droppages

By simply creating a Dropbox folder that you then share with Droppages you can quickly throw together a working website using just text files and folders. Even better you can fully customise the look and feel using CSS and some very simple templating.

Why Droppages

For me Droppages opens up a lot of possibilities. It is ideal for small lightweight sites that can be quickly deployed. It is also brilliant for creating wireframe prototypes to use in testing. It offers incredible speed and requires no faffing around with FTP or login details. Best of all because it uses Dropbox your entire website is back up and has pretty good version control in case you need to roll back a page.

Oh yes and because Dropbox is integrated into hundreds of applications, you can edit your site from a variety of mobile applications for website announcements on the move :)

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Try Droppages for yourself

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  • http://www.ontario-motorcycle-rides.com PAUL MEYERS

    Boag – Thank you for telling us about Droppages. I have been using Dropbox for a few years and love it. I have built a motorcycle travel website for profit and like your saying the idea of the simplicity with no logins, no ftp’s is just as you would say, BRILLIANT!.

    Thanks for sharing. I follow your Twitter feed and this is where I learned about Droppages.

    Paul Meyers

  • http://www.indiabucket.com/ Rakesh Kumar

    After review this post i feel that having some designing knowledge and Dropbox we can create a outstanding website. what do you think? Thanks for suggesting.

    • http://www.maxiyam.com Himanshu vyas

      Can we attach domain name with dropbox as server?

  • Owen Curtis-Quick

    I made my own Dropbox CMS called BoxCMS back in July last year. It’s powering some of my clients sites and they love the simplicity and convenience of it!

  • Adam

    lol @2:18 – the past tense of sync’d is not sunk!

  • http://www.rickhurst.co.uk Rick Hurst

    I’ve also been working on a dropbox powered CMS of sorts, although it’s more of a blog engine. I’ve been using it to power my travel blog http://ontheroad.rickhurst.co.uk/, and intend on releasing it as open source when i’m happy with it (as a self hosted PHP app). I love not having to run a database and being able to write blog posts in textmate!

    • http://etomco.com Tom Karels

      Would be sweet to have a WordPress plug-in or even a WordPress install that you could load LAMP on the dropbox folder.

  • blake

    I love Dropbox!, I have been using it to prototype Javascript and HTML5 applications. You get simplistic version control, backups, and an application server, that requires nothing in the way of configuration or maintenance, for free!

  • http://www.maxiyam.com Himanshu vyas

    Really Creative idea, I am feeling lucky that i have read this article and will use it in my application. Thanks a lot Paul

  • http://www.calhounmusic.co.uk Cal

    Loved the video guide. Im quite keen to run this as a collaborative process for a piece of fiction writing. Do we know if it is possible to create a wiki based around the same idea?

    Thanks again,

    Cal

  • http://www.aboutek.com.au Tim Barnes

    good video mate.

    dropbox seems a good idea. simple. i’ll have to check it out.

    tim

  • ronbannon

    Love the video. What app do you use to create this screencast?

  • stathis

    What about google search? I can’t find any sites made with droppages!

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