Dropbox: Discontinuing rendering of HTML content

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Post » Thu Sep 01, 2016 4:03 am

I just received this from dropbox :

"We’re writing to let you know that we’ll be discontinuing the ability to render HTML content in-browser via shared links or Public Folder. If you're using Dropbox shared links to host HTML files for a website, the content will no longer display in-browser."

I usually upload to dropbox to share my game. Any ideas on where I can now easily upload my shared game files?
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Post » Thu Sep 01, 2016 4:11 am

haha.. interesting.. Google Drive is doing the same thing: viewtopic.php?f=156&t=181242 (couple suggestions for new hosts there)
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Post » Thu Sep 01, 2016 8:09 am

I too received the dropbox email. This sucks I really liked dropbox . I bet they are going to see a decent size drop in users. Hosting my HTML5 games is literally the only reason I use it.

Checking out BitBalloon as a new HTML5 host and it seems to work pretty decently.
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Post » Thu Sep 01, 2016 8:32 am

I had received that mail too...
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Post » Thu Sep 01, 2016 9:17 am

Yup, I received that email and I think this a great sux =/
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Post » Thu Sep 01, 2016 9:32 am

Me too...

I will remove the Dropbox demo links in my website later (my bro is watching a drama in my notebook right now)
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Post » Thu Sep 01, 2016 10:37 am

That's a shame, it was a great way to quickly share content on the web :-\ It's understandable though, it probably costs them a lot of bandwidth and probably is an issue for security (since you can run little websites aimed at phishing and host it on their servers and such)

There's always the Scirra Arcade, and I've not tried it but maybe some of you could try Neocities?
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Post » Thu Sep 01, 2016 11:02 am

Doesn't really cost a lot to get some decent hosting, although a bit tedious having to use FTP to upload all the time, but it's ok, if you don't constantly upload new versions.

There are some other alternatives though, but not sure if they support it. Maybe worth to check out.
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Post » Thu Sep 01, 2016 11:55 am

Firebase offers hosting on thier free plan:
https://firebase.google.com/pricing/
No ftp, it uses Node to deploy from your home folder.
I,ve tested it and it works.

They also offer file storage that you have access to in C2 ala Rex's plug.
Have not tested completely but html will render.
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Post » Thu Sep 01, 2016 6:52 pm

I really like http://itch.io

You can also set your game as a draft or restricted there, instead of public.
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