Free web hosting of Soundslides slideshows using Dropbox

A simple and free solution for Soundslide users who don’t want to pay for web hosting services but may have occasional needs to share a sound slideshow online – use Dropbox.

What is Dropbox?

If you haven’t used Dropbox – it is a free service that lets you bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily. I use Dropbox almost on a daily basis: I have Dropbox installed on my home computer, office computer and on my iPhone.

To start using Dropbox, all you need to do is to go to, download and install the program on your computer, create an account, and put some files into the Dropbox folder on your computer. The video below explains the concept behind Dropbox:

How to host slideshows using Dropbox

Once you finish creating the slideshow and hit that “export” button, Soundslides will automatically generate a “publish_to_web” folder for you. Move (or copy-n-paste) this folder to the “Public” folder in the Dropbox folder. NOTE that “publish_to_web” must be placed in the Public folder otherwise it is not viewable to the public.

On your computer, it should look similar to the image below, which is a screenshot of my computer showing the proper path of the “publish_to_web” folder:

Next, right-click on “index.html” in the publish_to_web folder, choose Dropbox/Copy Public Link. See the following image for a visual reference:

With that “public link” copied, you can now share it with anyone by pasting it to an email, a tweet, or posting it to Facebook. When people click to follow the link, they will see a regular web page with that slideshow, looking similar to the one below:

Remember – that “publish_to_web” folder needs to stay on your computer the whole time you want it viewable on the web. If this sounds confusing to you – anything you put into the Dropbox folder will be automatically uploaded to the free Dropbox web account and from there you can share any file with other people; if you delete anything from the Dropbox folder on your computer, then the corresponding file on the web account will be automatically deleted as well.

About Mu Lin

Dr. Mu Lin is a digital journalism professional and educator in New Jersey, United States. Dr. Lin manages an online marketing company. He also manages MulinBlog Online J-School (, a free online journalism training program, which offers courses such as Audio Slideshow Storytelling; Introduction to Social Media Marketing; Writing for the Web; Google Mapping for Communicators; Introduction to Data Visualization; Introduction to Web Metrics and Google Analytics.
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