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Google Sites – Easy Way to Create Webpages.

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Google has always supported its rapidly growing brain trust to be as innovative and creative as possible by encouraging them to commit twenty per cent of their working time to projects that they are deeply interested in. The cofounders Brin and Page have succeeded in recruiting some of the finest brains from the best colleges of the world and from its larger technology company competitors and by accommodating them in a college type environment with many creative freedoms, it is no surprise that Google is continually bringing out new services, most often for free to expand the ways that people can interact, collaborate and access and present information.

Google Labs is where many such new initiatives are taken to the next level. Larry Page personally overseas and reviews the list of the best one hundred possible applications to decide which of the best twenty of them should be incubated and further developed in Google Labs. The originator of the project moves into Google Labs when projects are earmarked for further developed, this is the beginning of a massive investment and commitment in the resources needed to bring each project into full production in the shortest possible time.

Google Sites is Perfect for Creating Wiki Knowledge Bases

Google Sites is one such project that made the grade separately to Google Labs, having been built by the founders of Excite under the product name of JotSpot and acquired by google around 2006. It is now used widely in the market place; all free of charge though it wasn’t always free to use before being acquired. That is, it originally needed users to register a domain name, but Google has since removed this requirement and later, Google migrated all of the data and content previously held under Google’s Page Creator application.

Google Sites is a wiki creation and web page publishing tool kit that users can use as they need to publish content on the Internet. It used to form part of the greater “Google Apps” productivity suite and its structured development environment is designed to assist people who work in teams to develop their content, share files and to collaborate.

There are Some Limitations to Google Sites

Google Sites does have some limitations. For free users, they are limited to one hundred megabytes of file storage, whereas Google Apps clients have a twenty five gigabyte storage limit. Users must also use the supplied site theme templates which have limited customization available. That is, text sizes and font styles are limited and there is no open use of cascading style sheets (CSS) or JavaScript unless they are used within the code of an embedded gadget. Further, shopping cart functionality is limited to Google’s i-store gadget or a Google Buy Now Button; third party shopping carts are not allowed.

The web sites developed by users can have their own domain names, as long as the user owns them and has access to modify the Cname records for the domain. There is very limited HTML coding and Google Sites does not support “.html” and “.htm” web pages like Google Pages did. Users when migrating their sites from Google Pages can migrate their static HTML web pages but when later accessing them, they must download them to view them.

Google Sites is perfect for building a company intranet, where many users collaborate in its development. It is set up to allow different levels of access rights to those users so that reading, and editing privileges can be differently assigned depending on the authority level of users. As part of such an intranet, or as a standalone web site, Google Sites is perfect for building up staff profiles complete with pictures. It takes little imagination to see how Google Sites would be perfect for use in the classroom and for student clubs to publish their activities. In fact the list of potential uses is only limited by the supplied array of templates and thereafter the imagination of users. Certainly any type of club, group or business activity can be incorporated.

Google Sites is Quick, Easy, and Attractive

It only takes a single click to get started. Simply log in to your Gmail user account and from there access Google Sites. There is no need to know HTML coding, no markup programming language to learn; it really is as simple as editing a document and behind the scenes Google Sites takes care of all of that. Sites are very easy to customize, within the constraints of the options available to give sites their own look and feel. The list of templates available is continually growing, which further broadens the range of types of web sites that can be created and published. It is very simply to upload files and attachments up to a maximum size of ten megabytes each. Embedding rich content is just as simple, given how Google Sites integrates with other google products so that video, audio, power point presentations, documents, pdf files and spreadsheets can all become part of the web site.

It is particularly useful how people can work together with Google Sites with essentially three levels of access. That is, the owner is the primary user account, and this person assigns the access rights of other users which can either view documents or edit them if they have that higher level of access. And not surprisingly, Google enables you to add its powerful search technology so that the user’s site can been quickly searched for particular documents or files just as they can be on Google at large.

And of course given the convergence of mobile communications and computing, Google Sites also has an array of Mobile Phone templates which are formatted to be easily usable on smart phones and iPhones. So whether you want to build a site with a set structure, or a wiki knowledge base of some kind, be it for access by computers or by mobile phones, Google Sites is an excellent solution to consider.