Let’s face it, there are just some chores that nobody wants to do:
- scrubbing the shower
- organizing the garage
- cleaning out the cat box
these are just a few that come immediately to mind.
I can’t help you with any of those, but here are some everyday web chores I can make a bit simpler for you:
- You’re sending out an e-newsletter and want to include a link to a PDF resource that you’ve created.
- You’re sending an e-mail to someone and want to attach a file, but it’s too big to send via e-mail.
- You’re posting a blog and want to include a link to an MP3 or other file that you have created.
All of these things have a common theme: you have a file of some kind that you would like to publish on the web so you can provide a link to that file.
No problem. I have just the tool for you. It’s called “dropbox” (dropbox.com). And it’s free (for up to 2G of online storage). Dropbox makes it easy — nearly trivial — to publish a file to the web. Here’s how it works.
Once you have signed up for dropbox and installed dropbox onto your computer (available for PC, Mac and Linux), dropbox will create a folder (just like your “Documents” folder on a PC). Within this folder there is another folder called “Public”. You can drag-and-drop files into that Public folder. Everything you drop into that folder is published onto the web. To get the web address, just right-click on the file and select “Dropbox -> Copy public link”. You can paste that link into your e-newsletter, e-mail or blog. The file stays published on the web, until you remove it.
It’s pretty easy.
I’ve created a screencast to demonstrate this in action. Take a look!