Google to Discontinue Web Hosting via Google Drive Next Year

Google will discontinue web hosting via Google Drive next year, on August 31, 2016, three years after launching the capability for users and developers.

According to a blog post by Google Drive product manager Dan McGrath, Google is discontinuing the feature to focus on its core user experience. Besides, there is a “wide variety of public web content hosting services” that has emerged in the three years since its launch, McGrath said.

Indeed, there are a number of options when it comes to hosting a website for free or for a low monthly fee. Google launched Google Domains this year and is working with a number of website building providers including Shopify, Squarespace, Weebly and Wix to provide site building services to customers. These services often include hosting for a negligible rate, at least for basic sites.

Dropbox, Github and others also offer features for users to host basic websites. In June, Google launched a private Git repository hosting service on Google Cloud Platform known as Cloud Source Repositories, which provides beta users free hosting of up to 500 MB in storage.

Google said that users who used Drive to host websites can check out Google Domains for recommended third-party web hosting companies. Google Cloud Platform is recommended for those who use the feature to serve non-user content to web and mobile applications.