08/05/2012 Note: The example page and some of the information here is now outdated. The basic info is still the same in regards to dot.tk so we are leaving this post up. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask.:
A lot of people ask how they can run a public website from their Pogoplug. There is a simple way you can create a small website with minimal effort.
(Note that this isn’t an “official” approved use for the Pogoplug, but it is possible. There’s no guarantee this ability will always be available, that it will work trouble free, or that it won’t cause problems with your Pogoplug.)
In order to create a website, you should first have a website address or domain name. It is not mandatory, but unless you want a website with a giant URL, you’ll want to get your own domain name.
If you want a free domain name, you can point to your own webpage the website dot.tk offers them. Basically, what they do is let you choose a domain name and then when you go to that page it loads your specified HTML file in a ‘iframe’ window.
They have alternative ways to use their free domain setup, but this is the easiest way.
Create a home page
You first need to create a website home page. We recommend you create an HTML file named index.htm. You can use just about any web site creating program or editing tool to do so but keep in mind the less information, text or pictures in the index file the faster it loads and the less you have to upload to viewers.
Here is an example of a basic page the just says “Hello World!”
Save the webpage to your Pogoplug
Create your webpage, save it to your computer with the name index.htm.
Go to my.pogoplug.com and upload the index.htm file to your hard drive or thumb drive. You can upload it to your root directory or create a special folder for it.
Once uploaded, you then turn on public sharing to the file. Click on the sharing option and turn on Public Sharing. You will then see two links shown. One is to the pogoplug folder for the file and one is the direct file link. We will be usiing the direct file link.
Highlight and copy the filename (Windows Ctrl-Insert) and then save the filename in Notepad or a similar program. You can also just leave the browser window open and open up a new window to complete the setup.
Setup your domain name
In this example, we are going to use dot.tk to register and create the domain name.
Go to dot.tk and register on their site. Then create a unique domain name and save it.
Be sure to read their policies and terms of service if you have any questions.
Once you have your domain name, you will ‘point’ it to the shared ‘index.html’ file you saved on your Pogoplug. Use the shared file name destination you saved ealrier.
Then, just save the setup.
You will now be able to go to Ηttp://yourwebsite.tk and you will see your new website!
That is all there is to it. Remember that everything you put on your website has to be delivered from your Pogoplug if you have slow upload rates, bandwidth limits or anticipate a lot of activity you need to take it all into account.
What can I do with my website?
You can do just about anything. I have created a sample website named http://whoisthatguy.tk/
On it you will see pictures, YouTube videos, RSS feeds and more. The site was created using 3 files.
- The Index page at just 8KB
- A CSS formate page at 6KB
- A background repeating image of .13KB
- All other images, videos, feeds and maps are from externally linked files.
Take a look at http://whoisthatguy.tk/ and you will notice that it says Thumb Drive site. The complete website is served by a small thumb drive and that is it.