One of the lesser-known features of Google Drive has always been its ability to . If you only found out about this from the preceding sentence, you now have one year to enjoy this tool. Google today that it will deprecate the web hosting service starting today and will turn it off completely on August 31, 2016.
The company says that in the time since it launched this feature , “a wide variety of public web content hosting services have emerged,” so it has decided to discontinue the feature in order to focus on the core user experience in Drive. That’s been the standard reason for Google to deprecate services lately, but it’s still a bit of a surprise that the company would turn off hosting support.
Google itself, of course, offers as part of its Google Apps for Work package as an alternative. It feels like it’s been a while since Sites got any major update, though, and it doesn’t quite offer the same flexibility when hosting your own sites.
It’s worth noting that others, like , for example, have long offered a very similar service. In addition, you can also use Amazon’s , and a number of other services for hosting basic sites.