publishing for dropbox?

I'm choosing the Web publishing option for my courses so I can add them to my Dropbox to show some of my work. I would love to be able to do an online portfolio but can't find the time to get that put together right now. So for the time being, Dropbox will have to do.

I've never done this before and I'm stuck. Once I publish it, do I use the Zip option? I tried to add the zip folder to Dropbox, but it doesn't look like the example in David's tutorial here I also couldn't open any of the files and see my course.  I know I'm doing something wrong, just not sure what it is. I'm pretty sure I'm over-complicating this! 


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Jill Blaser

I still can't get this to share. In David's screenr, he chooses "copy public link." When I right click on the story.html file, my options are:

1. Browse on Dropbox website

2. Share link

3. View previous versions.

I chose "share link." The link is trying to open the file from my c drive, so I know that's not the public link. 

I'm so frustrated with this! How do I get the public link that links to dropbox and not my c drive?

Louise Greenhoff

Hi Jill, I know how you feel as I had a little trouble.

I find that if the output is in the public folder and then I go to the Dropbox website, sign in  and grab the copy public link option by right clicking then copy and paste into a new browser window it opens from Dropbox website and can be shared fine.

Hope this helps, Louise

Jill Blaser

So I definitely misunderstood the link. I was assuming the public link would start with the website. Oops! Thanks for the clarification.

So when I try to share it, I still can't open the link. It's a blank screen. I don't know if it makes a difference that my option doesn't say "copy public link" but rather "share link." 

Maybe I shouldn't be using IE?

Here's another question: when I click "share link" it asks me to enter an email address or there's also a "get link" option. I clicked the "get link" option and pasted the link into a new tab in my browser. It takes me to this:

The link is

I'm trying to share a simple demo I've made about bones. Can any of you see the file from this link? Maybe it's me or something on my computer!

Jill Blaser


Even doing that, I get the same link When I'm logged into the Dropbox website and click on the story.html file, should it open the project in a new browser? 

When I click on story.html, it opens a new tab in my browser, but it's just a blank page. 

Jill Blaser


I had to leave the office early today. Can't miss my son's soccer games

I found a couple more screenrs that show how to publish and for Dropbox. I'll take a look at those tonight or tomorrow and see if I can figure it out. I'll let you know. And if not, we can plan on Wednesday morning. 

Denise Malloy


I am having the same problems. I am confused about the Public folder as Dropbox clearly says you don't have to have your stuff in the public folder, right? Here is what they say:

Please note: New Dropbox accounts created after October 4, 2012 no longer have a Public folder. Don't worry! Every account created prior to this date will still have a Public folder. If you would like to enable a Public folder on a new account, see the instructions below (Creating a Public folder).

However, all the extra functionality provided by the Public folder is now accessible anywhere in your Dropbox. Now all you need to do to share and preview files and folders in your Dropbox is select Share link via your computers, phones, and tablets. Take a look at Dropbox links here or go to this article to see how it works.

FYI - I am creating folders inside folders. Is this a problem?

Any help would be appreciated as this is the medium I am using to showcase recent work. Thanks in advance!

Christine Hendrickson

Hi Denise,

I actually just started using Dropbox for sharing example files that I've published. Yes, you need to have the actual "Public" folder enabled by using this link. I made the mistake of adding one manually and it will not function the same way.

With published content you want to share, specifically HTML files, you'll want to have it in the folder that the link above creates. You can create as many folders here as you'd like. 

I recommend installing the desktop application as well. When you've published your project to the "Public" folder and the upload has completed, you'll want to click on the HTML or HTML5 file for your project so that it's selected. After it's selected, right-click on the file and select "Share public link". You should be able to test the project with this link and share it with others. 

Now, if you just want to share files with others to download, you can have them elsewhere. 

I hope this helps!

Linda Kiecker

I'm having some of the same issues as those posted above. I've been asked to create a place to post a few tutorials I've created which can be seen by people outside our sharepoint intranet server. I explored making use of blogger or wordpress, but to my understanding these will not work. Then I found the video on how to use Dropbox, but since I just created a dropbox account, I do not have a  Public folder. I don't have the means to upgrade to a pro account to use this feature.

Is there something easy I am missing? How/where can I post this tutorial so it can be accessed by people who do not have access to our intranet?

Christine Hendrickson

Hi Linda,

Welcome to E-Learning Heroes!

You don't need to purchase anything to enable the "Public" folder on Dropbox. You just need to click this link. That page will enable the public folder that can be used for hosting and sharing content as a web page through their servers.

Other options:

  • I suggest using SCORM Cloud for your course - it's a great place to test SCORM content.
  • Another option would be to use our Tempshare server. Just keep in mind that this server is only available for testing content - it is not officially supported by Articulate and all content will be removed automatically after 10 days.
  • You're always welcome to try out Articulate Online, as well - it's available for a free 30 day trial.

Also, Mike Taylor shared a blog post on sharing your e-learning course on Google Drive. Might be worth a look :)

Good luck!

Equipo eLearning

I have a doubt concerning to publishing in DropBox or Google Drive, it will remain private or eventually it will be searchable? I mean, Googlebot can crawl this content? My client want to share quickly his work-in-progress with his international team, but this content is confidential.

Maybe they must add a <meta name="robots" content="noindex"> tag in story.html?