Using a custom domain for your Dropbox public files URLs

This article shows you how to use a custom domain in place of those ugly, long Dropbox User Content public folder URLs.I often use Dropbox’s Public folder to share files with others. For example, this morning I sent an archive of RaceSplitter’s press assets to a race organizer:

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/91582/racesplitter-assets.zip

As I was about to send off that URL to the organizer, I found myself wishing for something a little shorter, and bit more elegant.

My dafacto.com domain is hosted at Dreamhost. Dreamhost offers the ability to redirect a domain to a URL, and so I decided to setup the following sub-domain redirect:

Now, instead of sending those long, ugly Dropbox User Content URLs, I can send this:

http://db.dafacto.com/racesplitter-assets.zip

And of course, I use a TextExpander “@db” shortcut to save having to type out that base URL.

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