This subject could get very deep so i am going to keep it as short and sweet as possible.. Online hosting costs money every year or sometimes paid for a few years ahead. Shaw had a free space available if you had an account with them. They stopped that and made a cookie cutter blog roll that totally sucks!
IIS is a little tricky to use and its hosted off your hard-drive thus if you had a home based server in your house running 24-7 you could host some websites and ftp sites off the drive.
Clouds… Western Digital My Cloud, Google Drive, Fluffy clouds, Raining clouds you get the point. Info in the clouds Read on get with the times..
Internet Information Services (IIS) for Windows Server is a flexible, secure and manageable Web server for hosting anything on the Web. From media streaming to web applications, IIS’s scale-able and open architecture is ready to handle the most demanding tasks. Its a hidden feature within windows that will need to be checked then activated to be used. Once finished installing don’t forget your updates.. In my opinion most people don’t even know that this exists on the windows platform. If they did they would be using it..
IIS is all about running websites, so if you want to run a couple of websites, then IIS is the best choice. Also worth noting that different versions of IIS come with each flavor of Windows and they all have slightly different feature sets. IIS 5.0 came with Windows 2000 and 5.1 came with Windows XP Professional. IIS 6 was for Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP Professional 64-bit. IIS 7 was a complete rewrite of IIS and was included with Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista. IIS 7.5 was released along with Windows 7, IIS 8 released with Windows 8 and IIS 8.5 released with Windows 8.1. It’s best to use IIS 7.5 or higher if possible as they support the most features and have better performance. IIS works well when a system is on all the time. When your computer is off so is IIS… Now onto Google drive.
Google Drive = Cloud storage.
Google Drive is a file storage (cloud storage meaning always on) and synchronization service offered by Google which provides user cloud storage, file sharing and collaborative editing. Google Drive encompasses Google Docs, Sheets and Slides, an office suite that permits collaborative editing of documents, spreadsheets, presentations, drawings, forms, and more. Files shared publicly on Google Drive can be searched with web search engines. Google Drive was released on April 24, 2012 and had 240 million monthly active users as of October 2014. In a cloud environment, data security issues and national interests mean that online document storage and processing can be unsuitable for use by governments or commercial organizations, especially where sensitive or confidential data is being stored, edited or shared on systems and infrastructure that are outsourced (e.g. by senior US government officials to Google) and shared with many other organizations, individuals, or users (e.g. the Internet).
Easy Mobile access The Google Drive app on Android and iOS supported editing of documents and spreadsheets until April 2014, when the capability was moved to the newly released standalone apps for Docs, Sheets and Slides. The Google Drive app on Android allows users to take a photo of a document, sign, or other text and use Optical Character Recognition to convert to text that can be edited. The Safari browser on iPhone allows users to view documents, spreadsheets, and presentation and to edit and create Google Docs documents and spreadsheets. Most other mobile devices can also view and edit Google Docs documents and spreadsheets using a mobile browser. PDF files can be viewed but not edited. On October 30, 2014, Google Drive for Android was updated with a Material Design facelift, improved search, the ability to add a custom message while sharing a file, and a new PDF viewer.
I have just started to heavily use Google Drive for the use of its publishing websites. For instance if i wanted to have my resume online and to be viewed by others. Google Drive comes in handy for i have somewhere safe to put it and not to worry that it will be moved or taken down due to webspace payment. Works great as well for web publishers and clients. All I do is send the link to be viewed instead of client wasting time to drive over to grab file or view it.
URL name changes are available to shorten the above link which is hosted off the/your/my Google Drive.
Now running apple media (IPhone, IPads) in order to view you need to run a proper browser that allows flash based sites.
I just had a flash based site sitting on my drive so used it as a test for publish. Me personally i just love the ease of Google Drive it has a lot to offer many users. My favorite is its up all the time unlike IIS.