Certainly, Google Drive is one of the cloud storage services. In addition, it allows you to host content and access it from anywhere and from any device. It also allows you to create backup copies and share content with other users. In short, it has many options. However, perhaps you did not know that it can be used as a CDN and distribute static files. A great option, isn’t it? In today’s post, we will see how to use Google Drive as a CDN and host your website for free.
What is a CDN?
Content Delivery Network is basically an overlay network of computers containing copies of data. Additionally, this data is placed at different points in a network in order to maximize bandwidth. Its specific mission is to allow users to access that content. In addition, the type of content is very diverse. For example, a web page, multimedia files, applications, or media. As you can see, it is an interesting option for the problems derived from a centralized web. For example, a web page, multimedia files, applications or media. As you can see, it is an interesting option for the problems derived from a centralized web. Thus, it is possible to decrease the response time or reduce the loss of information. Moreover, it allows to reduce server load, latency or increase bandwidth.
How to use Google Drive as a CDN
To use Google Drive as a CDN it is necessary to use a third-party web tool. We are talking about PoweredBy.Cloud, which is a free program. This application allows you to access files hosted on Google Drive and then deliver them through a CDN. In addition, it creates a specific URL on a subdomain and thus generates file URLs. This allows us to use it as a resource in an app or web. Let’s see how to use it with Google Drive. However, it is also possible to configure Microsoft OneDrive.
The first thing you have to do is to go to the project website. Then you must register and provide an email account. You will then be sent a link to create the account. Please be aware that this email may be detected as Spam.
After clicking on the link, the wizard will ask you to choose between Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive. In this case, we will choose Google Drive.
Next, you must grant access authorization to the app.
Creating the new website
You will be redirected to the home page. Once there, please click on Add site.
Next, you must enter the name of the site. It is possible to use numbers and letters. Then set the provider (Google Drive). Finally, click on Add, to finish the work.
Automatically a page will open where all the information of the created site will be displayed. Please note that you can create a maximum of 3 websites. Moreover, you can delete it at any time.
From now on, just copy the generated URL and use it as you wish. In addition, we will be able to add folders and upload files to them. So they will be available at any time. Maybe the only drawback at the moment is that the previous data will not be available. That is, you will only be able to access the content you upload after authorizing the app. Surely this limitation will be corrected over time. Very well, in this way, we have seen how to use Google Drive as a CDN and host your website for free. So, it is possible to upload our files quickly and easily. Bye!