A couple of years ago I was asked to find a way to allow students to create and host webpages for an HTML course. Needless to say it involved much configuring of web servers to allow students to safely host web pages in a simple and easy manner.
All that wouldn’t have been necessary if we’d been using Google Drive.
Students can create webpages using a text editor, such as Notepad on Windows, and simply upload the file with a .html extension to Google Drive.
To host webpages in Google drive do the following:
- Share the folder as “Public on the web.”
- Open the HTML file, and click the “Preview” button in the toolbar.
- The link will look something like that show below. Send this to whomever you wish to access your website.
A Few Ideas
Consider creating a central Google Site or your own hosted webpage to link your student’s webpages and allow others in the class or school to view the work.
The ability for students to independently host and share public webpages is great, but is also open to abuse. Make sure the content your students are creating is appropriate and refresh their eSafety knowledge.
Make sure when you upload your HTML files Google Drive doesn’t try to convert them to Google Docs format.