Sunday, January 6, 2008

Free Web Sites: Google Page Creator

Google's quest to provide a free, online operating system for any user wouldn't be complete without the ability to create and manage your own web site. That's where Google Page Creator comes in.

Google Page Creator allows the user to create a web site (for free), and provides online page creation tools to help accomplish this. This is being offered as part of "Google Labs" at the moment, but it is obviously an essential component in helping them fulfill their online Google Apps mission (the ability to provide a complete office automation offering online and free of charge).

Google Page Creator appears to be in it's early stages of maturity, but does offer some impressive capabilities. It allows you to create and manage a multi-page web site. You can easily customize the layout of your pages, and you can easily add any "Google Gadget" on your pages (the same gadgets used on the iGoogle home page).

Currently, if you are using Google Page Creator (GPC) stand-alone, it does not appear that you can establish a custom domain name for your website. Instead, your site is published with a domain that looks like this "". However, with the full Google Apps offering, you can use your own domain. Naturally, if you are going to do anything serious with your web site, you should have a custom domain name. Until GPC provides the ability to fully use that custom domain, you will have to live with domain forwarding, but at least you can use your custom domain to arrive at the site. It's only a matter of time before they enable the custom domain feature for GPC since it is an obvious feature, and since they support this with their Blogs today.

So, if you are looking for a quick and easy (and free) way to create a web site, look no longer...Google Page Creator is here!

Take care,

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