Google Sites opens up to everyone

Google Sites opens up to everyone

Summary: I guess it was technically available to everyone already, but you needed to have a Google Apps account to use it. Now, as of today, anyone can simply create a "site" on the relatively new Google service.

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I guess it was technically available to everyone already, but you needed to have a Google Apps account to use it. Now, as of today, anyone can simply create a "site" on the relatively new Google service.

A few months ago we launched Google Sites exclusively as part of Google Apps for companies and organizations that wanted to use the service on their own domains. Now we've made it easy for anyone to set up a website to share all types of information -- team projects, company intranet's, community groups, classrooms, clubs, family updates, you name it -- in one place, for a few people, a group or the world. You can securely host your own website at http://sites.google.com/[your-website] and add as many pages as you like for free. -- Official Google Blog

Now that this service publicly available, you may wonder what the difference between Google Sites and Google Pages is. Well, you can technically use both to create a public website, but Google Sites is geared more towards collaborative, private web portals than a traditional website.

sites_infographic.jpg [image from Google]

The reason Google Pages is better suited for external websites (like for instance a personal webpage) is because it can be hooked up to your own domain, and overall, you have better control over its appearance.

Google Sites, on the other hand, gives you much more power as far as collaboration goes, but you have to use a special website address, and many things like the search bar at the top of every page are not optional. A "Google Site" can be thought of as more of a wiki where people you give access have the ability to easily update the content.

[Thanks Josh]

Topics: Software Development, Browser, Google

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  • Most coOL.

    nt
    D T Schmitz
  • You don't have to use a speciall address.

    "Google Sites, on the other hand, gives you much more power as far as collaboration goes, but you have to use a special website address"

    That's not true. In the same fashion as with Page Creator, you can hook your domain to basic Google Apps (free) and have sites there.
    mkajflksf
  • RE: Google Sites opens up to everyone

    Google's answer to SharePoint... :)
    paisleyamoeba
  • RE: Google Sites opens up to everyone

    I now see the difference between the two. It's all about the accessibility and the control you have. You have more control in Google Pages while Google Sites are "for invited persons" only. - <a href="http://presentationsolutions.org/2011/07/04/gar-labs">GAR Labs</a>
    Gar Labs