5 More Uses of Dropbox Every Blogger Should Know

Earlier we shared some uses of Dropbox every blogger should know, now here is the continuation of that, part 2! If you are a Dropbox freak, you would have read about the issues faced by Dropbox earlier, but you know, accidents do happen. You can check some of the creative and good uses of Dropbox you can try for productivity.

1. Test your Website Locally

Dropbox: Test Website Locally

If you can move your local development folder to the Dropbox public folder, then you need not worry about uploading files to an FTP server since Dropbox has the ability to do that for you. Now you can easily test your websites on a local computer just like the real environment. This technique, unfortunately, not possible for testing PHP and other non-HTML sites.

Tutorial : Digital Inspiration


2. Use Dropbox Mobile App for Photo Blogging

Dropbox Apps are now available for iPhone, iPad, Android, and Blackberry, someone of my friends tried their hands on these apps, and they got addicted quickly. This mobile client not only lets you browse and view images, read documents, and play music in your Dropbox, but you can also use this for taking and storing cameraphone pics directly to the cloud.

If you sync this service with Image hosting sites like Flickr, then you can make Photo Blogging really entertaining.

[Download Dropbox Apps For Mobile]


3. Create A Portfolio

That will be great right? Surprisingly you don’t need any third party service for doing this, using Dropbox alone you can achieve. You can easily develop a portfolio or gallery by this. Simply right click the folder containing the photos and click Dropbox > Get shareable link.

Dropbox Portfolio

The gallery of photos will be opened in the Dropbox web interface, displaying the images as a grid of thumbnails.

If you are not comfortable with Dropbox’s default design, you can try Views.fm for alternate design.

Tutorial : MakeUseOf


4. Share Your Works With Fellow Bloggers

Sharing Your Work

Dropbox makes it easy for developers and bloggers to share their works, like some demo files, PSD stuffs, screenshots and lot of things. You can go to Select Dropbox > Share This Folder. This will send you to the sharing page on the Dropbox website, where you can enter the email of the recipient.

Tutorial : Desizn Tech


5. Allow Visitors To Upload Files To Your Dropbox Folder

Suppose if you are hiring some authors or you enabled guest blogging on your blog, then the ability for them to upload some files for you would be tedious. With the help of Dropbox, you can make this easy. You can also add a password field so that spammers can’t upload files to your Dropbox account.

By default, Dropbox won’t let others to upload files on your Dropbox account, but yes, we do have some hacks. You can check how it works here.

You can create this simple browser uploader for Dropbox which will allow anyone to upload files to a particular folder in your Dropbox account. All you need is a web server that supports php. You can try DROPitTOme if you are not comfortable with coding.

Tutorial : Ampercent

Do you know any other use of Dropbox that will be helpful to bloggers and developers? Kindly share them below.

Play Music Directly From Your Dropbox Account

I guess you are aware about Dropbox, not to mention, one of my favorite productive tools. It is a Web-based file hosting service that uses cloud computing to enable users to store and share files and folders with others across the Internet using file synchronization. For showing our love, earlier we shared 5+ Uses Of Dropbox Every Blogger Should Be Aware Of. Now we are going to review an useful Dropbox tool, that will help you to play music directly from your Dropbox Account, which is not possible actually.

Normally if you want to listen to the songs in your account, you would download them to your machine and play them using the Media Player. Now DropTunes helps you to save some time here.

DropTunes

DropTunes accesses and plays your audio files on Dropbox. It creates a /Public/DropTunes folder in your account to store configuration files. This folder is regularly modified as new songs are requested to be played. Trust me, all you need is a good browser.

Go to DropTunes, login using your Dropbox Email and Password. Then all your Dropbox folders will load automatically. Open the folders that contain your songs, and play them as if they are in your hard disk.

Remember, to play a 5 MB song you must have at least 5 MB free space in your Dropbox, since they need equal amount of space.

5+ Uses Of Dropbox That Every Blogger Should Be Aware Of

Dropbox is one of the most useful tools I found this year. Another one is Google Reader. Seriously I didn’t know it can do wonders. Every time I Google something I come up some Dropbox news, so here is my contribution.

Uses Of Dropbox That Every Blogger Should Be Aware Of

For people who are not aware Dropbox, it is a Web-based file hosting service that uses cloud computing to enable users to store and share files and folders with others across the Internet using file synchronization.

1. Use As Content Delivery Network (CDN)

You can improve the loading speed of your site by using a CDN to host your website’s static content like images, CSS and JS Files. A content delivery network or content distribution network (CDN) is a system of computers containing copies of data, placed at various points in a network so as to maximize bandwidth for access to the data from clients throughout the network. [via Wikipedia]

With the help of Dropbox CDN WordPress plugin you can use your Dropbox ‘Public’ folder as a free Content Delivery Network (CDN). This plugin allows you to upload your themes CSS, JavaScript, and Images into your Dropbox ‘Public’ folder and server these files from the Dropbox network, reducing the bandwidth of your server and allowing users to load your site faster.

Tutorial: Use Dropbox as a CDN for your WordPress Files


2. Backup Your WordPress Blog

WordPress Backups is one of the recommended basic security tips for your blog.

wp Time Machine WordPress plugin creates an archive of all your WordPress Data & Files and then stores them on Dropbox, Amazon’s S3, or your FTP host. It can perform an automatic backup of your WordPress MySQL database, themes, plug-ins and all the other files and images that you may upload to your WordPress folder. Just enter your Dropbox credentials and hit the Generate Archive button. Bingo!

Tutorial: Backup your WordPress Blog to Dropbox


3. Use With Your Web Domain

Every Dropbox account comes with a useful ‘Public’ folder. You can use that folder to host documents, images, and other stuff that you want to share with everyone. By personalizing the default Dropbox URL, you can indirectly promote your brand, track individual file downloads, and make it look less complex.

Default Dropbox URL :

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/ID/folder/hbbdemo.txt

Personalized URL :

http://files.hellboundbloggers.com/folder/hbbdemo.txt

Tutorial: Use Dropbox with your own Web Domain


4. Make Your Own Website

Dropbox is an easy way to create a quick website without the need for a server. You can easily get a hosting provider for your blog/website. You are limited to client-side scripts and HTML since Dropbox cannot run any server side stuff.

  • Create a folder in your Public folder for your website.
  • Put your entire website under this folder.
  • Right click on the homepage of your website (usually something like home.htm or index.html) and get the public URL for it.

5. Control Your Home Web Server

You can simply add a vHost to your web server and point it to a folder inside your Dropbox home and voila! You have complete control over the content you’re hosting!

The basic idea behind this is to use vHosts to have the website contents in the Dropbox folder. The post explains how to do this for Tomcat or Apache. It’s also useful with IIS and Visual Studio. Simply add a symlink of your wwwroot to “My Dropbox” and you have your website on the net to control. When making web application in Visual Studio, simple ‘Public’ the project to the folder inside the wwwroot inside “My Dropbox” and your website updates, no matter where you are working at.

Tutorial: Controlling Your Home Web Server Content


6. Automatic & Free Web Publishing Solution

Ever wondered that you can use the very same Dropbox as an automatic Web Publishing Solution (as an alternative to SVN and other technologies). It only takes three steps in order to get your Dropbox running as a Web Publishing solution. However, you won’t be able to do so if you don’t have full access to the server.

  • Installing Dropbox on the server
  • Sharing data between multiple Dropbox accounts
  • Configuring the webserver
  • Running Dropbox as a service

Tutorial: Using Dropbox as an automatic and free Web Publishing solution


7. Create Your Personal Wiki

With TiddlyWiki and Dropbox you can set up your own wiki that is easy to use and available from anything with a web browser.

TiddlyWiki is extremely flexible and can accommodate many needs with some of the variations available. Before you pay for another note taking program, or if you are unhappy with the one you currently have downloaded TiddlyWiki for free and see how it can suit your needs.

Tutorial: Build Your Own Personal Wiki Accessible from Any PC


Do you know any other cool use of Dropbox that could help a blogger or webmaster? Kindly share them in the comments!