Now, here’s a nifty place to put your name - and it won’t even take 10 minutes to do.
It’s called Google Pages - A beta project that Google seems to be working on to allow people with Google Accounts to build a website without any programming knowledge whatsoever. I’ve tried it out and I’m pretty impressed. Take a squizz at the website I built right here, at bracingyourbrand.googlepages.com/home .
What’s so good about it?
For starters, if you’re not a programmer or if you’re computer illiterate, you can easily put up a website and have a web presence without doing anything strenuous. Basically, all you will need is a Gmail account (which you can sign up for here) and a reason to put a site up.
For my purpose, I was just bored and felt like tinkering with it, so I put up a page and a few links to my websites and my friends’ websites. However, you can have a variety of intuitive layouts, themes and even blocks of dynamic content called ‘widgets’.
Want to setup a calendar? No fuss - just add a ‘widget’. Need a shout box? Easy - add in a ‘widget’. Looking to engage your users with some really immersive content - use a ‘widget’! You can do virtually anything with these little tools and thanks to the ingenuity of the folks out at Google, you don’t need a degree in computer science to program it in yourself.
Everything in Google Pages is so unbelievably easy to accomplish and you can even benefit by adding some nifty links back to your other sites. Google even claims that it can crawl the pages you submit to this service in just a few hours unlike other search engines out there. Despite its ease of use and range of benefits though, it comes with its fair share of nasties.
What’s not so good about Google Pages then?
Most obviously, you can’t specify your own domain name to use on the site. I believe it would be very easy for Google to fix seeing as Blogger now allows this function but I don’t foresee it anytime soon. Combine this with a lack of sub-domains to choose from and you’re pretty much confined to a box the size of Tic-Tacs.
Besides that, it doesn’t offer you the amount of control you would have with premium hosting in that you can’t use PHP or databases on Google pages for your store, ad server, blog or forum. Personally, I couldn’t deal without that sort of functionality.
Who should consider this in their options?
I wouldn’t recommend any business to take on a Google Pages website, it simply doesn’t look professional enough having a URL such as:
Instead, I would recommend this software to anyone looking for some web space to put up for their personal use. If you are in doubt however, there is no harm in giving it a shot as signing up was amazingly simple and it works like a charm.