Websites Made Easy with Google Page Creator

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Websites are Great, But Hard to Build

Web sites have many purposes. For businesses, they can serve as tools to sell good or services or to provide information about upcoming events. And personal uses for web sites include sharing family information and photos or hobbies. You can even us a web site to to share your views on specific topcs with the world or to help certain groups of people.

In the wake of natural disasters, web sites spring up before the clouds are even clear. And during an election year, there are more political web sites than there are politicians. Web sites have simply become on of the most frequently used methods of communicating messages and providing products.

One of the problems with web sites, however, is that they’re not easy to create. Or at least they didn’t used to be easy. You had to have web-design software (such as FrontPage), or you needed to understand markup languages such as HTML to create a web site from scratch. Design programs are expensive and languages such as HTML can be difficult (and sometimes time-consuming) to learn.

Even if you do have a design program, understanding how to use it is like understanding a completely new language. It takes lots of practice to become fluent. And then there’s the issue of where to put the web site.

Web sites exist on servers that are connected to the web. In order for others to be able to view and interact with your web site, you have to have a name for it that belongs exclusively to you, and you need a place on a server for the web site to reside. The name is commonly referred to as a domain name, and providing a “home” for the site is referred to as hosting.

It’s a condusing jumble of terms that creates frustration for people who aren’t propeller heads. What’s more, buying a domain name and play for hosting – both recurrent costs – can become expensive, especially if you don’t know what you’re looking for or where to find the best prices.

So, many people avoid creating a web site altogether. On sure, you’d love to have a site, but who wants to deal with all of the complexities and expenses of getting one? Well, you do, actually. And it’s not nearly as frustrating as you might think. Google’s Page Creator is the answer that you’ve been looking for.

Review of Page Creator Features

I referred to it before, but now let me say it right out. Google Page Creator takes all of the hassle out of creating and publishing your Web site. Of course, there are more reasons to use it than just because Google created it, so let’s look at those.

For starters, Google Page Creator has the usual appealing price point – it’s free. Like all the other applications covered in this book, the program is made available to uses at no cost. At some time in the future, that could change, but I doubt that it will. What’s more likely is that Google will add small, unobtrusive advertisements to your pages. They’ll be far less distracting than the advertisements that you find on some services, and because they’ll use Google’s proprietary technology, the will reflect the content on your web site.

In addition to the really great price break on Google Page Creator, many users are drawn to it because the domain name and hosting are provided. When you create a web page with Google Page Creator, your domain name is tied to your Google account user name, and Google hosts the pages for you for free - up to 100 MB. That’s a whole lot of storage. My personal web site at about 15 pages takes up less than 5MB on the web.

Finally, Google Page Creator is a WYSIWYG editor - What You See Is What You Get. This just means that it’s easy to use and you won’t spend weeks trying to figure out how to get the program to perform the way you want. All of the contrls are easy to locate and use. Keep reading, you’ll see.

(This article is excerpted from Google Powered: Productivity with Online Tools, by Jerri L. Ledford (Wiley, Jan. 2007).)