Google Sites” is now available for free public registration and use. With Google sites you can start a personal or group managed web site.
You can upload content and manage all your files from one location. You can also decide who all could see your site and files uploaded. You don’t need to know HTML or other coding to build your own site. So if you were looking for one good reason to start a web site why wait, start it right now.
I have made a test page on Google Sites. Check it out and post your comments there.
Although the sign up process is simple the default themes available really sucks. You can edit theme, images used in template, colors and fonts from Appearance in site administration. Even the repeat options are provided for background images. Also you may change the home page to whichever you like as far as it is on the site itself.
Attach files –
Google sites has the ability to attach files to specific pages. So if you attach a file abc.def to a page you will get the file link as under this page.
Page history –
the author of the page is provided with the ability to view or revert a page to an earlier version.
For this a detailed history is provided including Author, time of edit, time after edit etc. Also you may subscribe to page changes.
File editing –
Editing the file has been made too simple so to say. Even if you know nothing about web page coding you will be able to create really good looking and attractive pages. The ability to insert Google docs, Google calender, Youtube and Google videos are major plus points. You can also insert Picassa sideshow directly to a page.
Automatic site map generation (not for search engines) –
A site map is generated automatically as you add more and more pages. The site map is not the one used by search engine bots. It is intended to make human navigation easier. You can add Google Analytics with the click of a button.
Web site search is built in. The search results page is rather neat and functional with the sidebar shown and results easily navigable.
You cant use <embed>, <script>, <iframe> or <style> tags even while editing HTML code of the site as they are considered to be unsafe tags. So if you need to add a video you are forced to upload it to Youtube first. Pretty thoughtful from Google.
Over all Google sites is a great combination of functionality and ease of access for those who don’t want to get deep into the troubles of managing a site. You are provided with almost all the tools for basic site management. As always uploading of an exe file is prevented, but after ZIPPING it can be uploaded. And at 100Mb although the storage space isn’t so much to boast about you will be satisfied for sure.