Thanks to taking photos and general work stuff I had the notion of running nextcloud on my shared hosting. Deluxe tier of Godaddy’s shared hosting with a wordpress led to a few failed installs, looking at it – some messing about may be required to install.

Given my impatience I installed Pydio instead.

Installing it to a subdomain of a site you already host is wildly simple. I’m on Cpanel, adding a subdomain and getting it running takes a couple of minutes. I used installatron, grabbed it from the app browser and installed it with no real settings changes. Worth noting on the install front is that you’ll set up your admin login, there’s no signing in from your server so make sure to take note of the generated password or set up your own.

Using it

That capture is after customisation, however it’s quite pretty to begin with, rolling a different series of pretty background on the login pages.

Logging in for the first time brings you to an intuitive file manager and gives you a simple guided tour with tooltips. In a few minutes I’d been able to set up a new user, send him a login email, added a folder and give him correct permissions to view said folder.

In terms of behaviour, it’s really responsive, runs well and the uploader is nice and snappy too.

In terms of usability, I didn’t actually get a chance to tell the guy that his photos were ready and look in the email he’d sent me for the login, he’d seen it and retrieved them before I got a chance to let him know that’s what he needed. On that front I’m really pleased, with no instruction on what was going on or how I’d send the photos he had got them.

Customising

Customising pydio is actually pretty easy, in terms of basic styling you can change all the images and the logo, however it’s not immediately obvious how to get there… You hit the 3 dots setting icon by your name in the admin account, once on the settings page it’s under available plugins>graphical user interface and you use the edit icon on the right for client plugin

I haven’t explored theming yet but if you want to slap your logo on pydio or just make it your own, it’s not a hard job, it’s just not immediately obvious where to change the settings.

Overall

If you have shared hosting with no limits on bandwidth and storage and even if it’s not a badass server it’s worth a look.

I really like this as an easy sharing solution, you can roll workplaces, users and control file permissions. It’s also good fun if you already have a hosting solution.

As far as running this as your personal cloud goes, they have apps you can run it on an old computer, your shared hosting or whatever suits you, so by all means play with it, because it’s a fun thing to have when you’re at all nomadic or just don’t know what you’ll end up needing to do today.