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  • # July 20, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    is there any way to run your website in online cloud instead if heaving a domain??

    # July 21, 2013 at 1:46 am

    …for real?

    # July 21, 2013 at 2:57 am

    Have a look at this may help

    # July 21, 2013 at 4:07 am

    That still requires a domain, @Alfie.

    # July 21, 2013 at 4:12 am

    Then the simple answer should be No – the internet is all about making your content easy to find, if your asking your viewer to jump through hoops to find you then it’s not going to work.

    # July 21, 2013 at 4:18 am

    All websites need to be hosted somewhere. This can be on your computer (or personal server) or on someone else’s server.

    The host computer (or server) needs to be able to be found by other computers on the internet. In fact, every computer already has a ‘domain’ of sorts…it’s the IP address but since this is usually just a string of numbers it’s hard to remember.

    So domain names were invented…they are, in effect, shortcuts. Easy to remember addresses which, when accessed, take you to that specific IP.

    That a very rough and highly simplistic guide to domains (any inacccuracies are acknowledged). leverages your Dropbox account. It allows a folder in your Dropbox account (which is linked to the same folder on your computer) t operate as a virtual server.

    It’s very handy for demos and test but I would not say it’s a platform for commercial websites.

    # July 21, 2013 at 6:53 am

    Just as a sidenote: If you have a VPS, you can use Dropbox as a backup/sync file system for your site.

    You can make changes inside your dropbox folder and that will automatically sync the changes to your server. Basically like having an FTP without all the annoyances.

    I agree with Paulie, this might be best for a portfolio site or something small.

    # July 21, 2013 at 7:03 am

    If by “cloud” you mean independent of physical servers, you can combine that with domain names. Basically you need to setup the DNS to return different IPs for a single domain name based on server load (for load balancing) or physical location of the request (for serving content from the closest server possible, thus faster and lower latency). This is what CDNs do.

    The question is, why do you think you need that?

    # July 21, 2013 at 7:13 am

    Excuse my ignorance but surely the ‘cloud’ is never independent of physical servers?

    The files have to be hosted somewhere on a physical server don’t they….they can’t just exist in the ether.

    The cloud just means (to me)…”not hosted by my computer, just hosted & served by someone else”.

    Or am I missing something?

    # July 21, 2013 at 7:40 am

    > is there any way to run your website in online cloud instead if heaving a domain??

    I think it’s only to the purpose of showing the interim site result to someone else without need to buying domain. It’s my understanding of the question.

    # July 21, 2013 at 7:46 am

    >It’s my understanding of the question.

    It’s not mine.

    What I think he’s asking is ” Can I have public website without using/buying a domain name?”.

    The answer is yes but no-one will be able to find it….because it doesn’t have a name.

    # July 21, 2013 at 7:52 am

    Waiting for @Junni

    # July 21, 2013 at 11:07 am

    > Excuse my ignorance but surely the ‘cloud’ is never independent of physical servers?

    I didn’t explain well enough. I meant independent of ‘one’ physical server. Like this domain name is hosted on a server in CA, and that domain name in NY and another domain name in Europe. However you can have one domain name hosted on several physical servers, based on location, server load and availability (when one server breaks, the domain is still accessible).

    Imho, that’s what cloud hosting is.

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