Need a Dropbox Alternative? Try AWS.
Amazon's Web Services has a lot to offer
May 15, 2017
Dropbox recently did away with it's Public Folders features. Public Folders provided a basic web server. A user could a drag a file into this folder and the file was magically accessible accessible via any web browser. Sure, you can share any dropbox file with a unique link, but being able to have a direct web address was special. Removing Public Folders was a huge loss for programmers/developers. Public Folders provided an inexpensive way to get access to SSL enabled web files. This was a great way to test out parsing files from IOS and Android apps to name a few uses.
Fear not, Amazon provides a service that let's you do the same thing. Though, it's not as easy to get up and running as Dropbox's Public Folder, it's not too bad. Follow the steps below and you'll be up and running in a few minutes.
NOTE: you can get a lot out of AWS using it's Free Tier Services, but look over it's pricing plan to make sure you know what you are getting into.
STEP 1: use link below to get started.
Click Create Free Account
Fill out Contact Information
Identity Verification à will call you and ask you to enter a pin
Pick a support plan à basic is recommended for free account.
This give options you’re more likely to use on dashboard
STEP 6: Click on Create a website
STEP 7: Give it a name. I named mine learnedu
STEP 8: Click on Manage Files in Amaazon S 3 – Then Go ahead and upload your own files
STEP 9: Click on your uploaded file and get public address. You're all set!
The link should look something like the link below.
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