HOWTO | ex­tend Drop­box’s fea­tures

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1 Back-up your blog

You can back-up your blog on your own host­ing space, but that won’t help you if your web host has prob­lems with its servers or you get locked out of your ac­count. Word­press Backup to Drop­box (wp­b2d.com) is a plug-in for Word­press which al­lows you to back-up to Drop­box at a fre­quency you choose. Down­load the plug-in, in­stall it on your Word­press blog, set the fre­quency of the backup, and you’re done.

2 Host a web­site

Why pay for web host­ing when you can use the stor­age on your Drop­box ac­count? OK, so you won’t get any of the bells and whis­tles you get with a host­ing ac­count, but if all you need is to be able to host a few HTML pages, it’s ideal. Go to Pan­cake (pan­cake.io) and set up an ac­count, then pub­lish text, CSS, Javascript, Mark­down and HTML files stored in Drop­box. All the in­struc­tions are on the web­site.

3 Drop­box, IFTTT, Flickr

If This Then That can mon­i­tor a spe­cific folder in your Drop­box and per­form an ac­tion on any file added to it. Go to IFTTT.com and cre­ate an ac­count, then add your Drop­box and Flickr ac­counts. Cre­ate a ‘recipe’ with Drop­box as the trig­ger, and select a folder. Set Flickr as the Ac­tion and leave other op­tions at their de­fault. Now, when you up­load a photo to that Drop­box folder, it will be added to your Flickr page.

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