Google Page Creator: retro, or part of a future Web Office Suite?

Google Page Creator: retro, or part of a future Web Office Suite?

Summary: The blogosphere is awash with news of Google's latest beta product, Google Page Creator. Page Creator is destined to be a part of Google's Web Office Suite It's a WYSIWYG tool, which publishes "in seconds" has auto-save and comes with 100MB storage.

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The blogosphere is awash with news of Google's latest beta product, Google Page Creator. Page Creator is destined to be a part of Google's Web Office Suite It's a WYSIWYG tool, which publishes "in seconds" has auto-save and comes with 100MB storage. You can create as many pages as you want, although it would require a bit of effort to create a cohesive "web site". As Dave Winer noted, "the sites have no structure." With that proviso in mind, it otherwise bears a good resemblance to Microsoft's Frontpage - in that it's an easy-to-use family computer friendly webpage editor. Google's Justin Rosenstein, product manager for the new tool, is quoted on SearchEngineWatch as saying that "it's as easy to create a page on the web [using this tool] as it is to create one on a word processor." 

Indeed it took me just a few minutes and clicks to get my test page on the Web:

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To the obvious question: What's the difference between Google Page Creator and Blogger, the free blog publishing and hosting service also owned by Google? From SEW:

"Rosenstein says that Google Page Creator is aimed at people who are interested in publishing a simple, relatively static web site, whereas Blogger is designed for people who want to post frequently, with regularly changing content."

I have to wonder why in this day and age people still need a static "homepage". It's so very retro. Blogger would suit the Moms and Pops much better and is just as easy to use. The real story, I suspect, is that Page Creator is destined to be a part of Google's impending Web Office Suite.

Just as Frontpage is a part of MS Office these days, I'll wager that this AJAXy 'Web Page Creator' is but an early - yes, beta - version of something that will be added to Google's future Web Office Suite.

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  • It's broke...

    "Google Page Creator is having a little trouble right now.
    This is not because of anything you did; it's just a little hiccup in our system that will hopefully go away soon. We apologize for the inconvenience, and recommend you try reloading this page."

    And please don't say "It's a Beta". EVERYTHING Google does is a beta, and never leaves Beta status.
    BitTwiddler
  • and this is important because...?

    this is so random! i fail to see the market opportunity for a
    wysiwig editor from google; where's the rev stream? help me
    understand why i should care.

    if they want easy-to-use apps, they should have spent more
    time w/ apple's iweb: integration iphoto (where is the picassa
    hook?) and blogging built in (blogger anyone?), etc.

    just because you **can** develop something doesn't mean you
    should...
    fjurden
    • No kiddin'

      My former employer bought a whole company that did this sort of thing back in 2001. They killed the business cause it doesn't have any good revenue potential.

      The only way I can see it making money is if they have another location which to display targeted advertisements. And that is an old business model, too. Remember GeoCities?
      Spats30
  • front end to Google Base

    It does not make sense to structure the entire web with a journal metaphor. However, extensible wikis that let you subscribe to pages or components of pages does provide a lot of coverage and still provides some flexibility and consistent structure for template reuse and tooling.
    fricker
  • I have to wonder where you guys get these ideas from...

    "I have to wonder why in this day and age people still need a static "homepage". It's so very retro."

    Umm, hello? You work for a GIANT STATIC WEBSITE. What, you think that useful content should be flushed away as soon as enough new stuff gets added to a site? There is a reason why it is called "the Web" and not "the Ticker". Blogs are tickers, great for content in which there is little useful or relevant content past the last few posts. But for a data repository, such as a personal website, this is a dumb idea. What, someone's pictures of grandma should be taken off the front page, just because they went to Bermuda recently? Static or less rapidly evolving webpages are ESPECIALLY important for causal users, because most personal blogs are "how I felt today", when the truly interesting or useful material gets pushed to the bottom. Most people are best served by a static, tradition site that has blog functionality built into it as a side item or a major part, but not the whole thing.

    J.Ja
    Justin James
  • It's seems quite obvious if you look at the big picture

    Google is perparing all the ingrediants of an ebay killer. They want all of us to become merchants and use Google to publish advertise communicate and sell. Google pages will be in the future the glue of all these ingredients.

    In other words instead of going to ebay to sell something we will instantly create our own online store. Google will get it's cut.

    for more:
    http://www.comagz.com/webmagazine/
    NBD
  • Google page creator

    Hello:

    I have heard about Google page creator, another venture by Google Search engine team.

    My problem with all these new dot.com companies is that they focus too much on creating businesses but not on the functionality of the services and good customer relations.

    Right now, I have a problem with errors Google claims to be in my Google sitemap that I submitted to them and yet I can't get any help from them to fix it.

    They refer you to post the problem at a forum!

    If they can't handle problems arising from the use of their sitemap technology, why create it? To frustrate people?

    You follow their lunatic brain racking demands to optimize and submit your website. But do they give you any ranking right away? No!

    Instead they bury your website pages and if they like after 6 months they will begin to show a few pages.

    Then after a week or so, your pages disappear completely.

    They come and they go at random. Nobody can figure the logic behind it.

    They demand that you get one way links from similarly themed high page ranked websites.

    But if you have a new domain name, no high paged rank website will link to you because they don?t gain anything from that, but instead their page rank may be diluted by linking to you who has zero page rank.

    They are playing football game with peoples? website and income.

    To me, this is sabotage of all the efforts honest people all over the world are making to do business on the internet and earn income.

    It is autocratic, anti-commerce and anti-business.

    I wonder how long the world internet businessmen and women will tolerate this insanity.

    So, I will not be attracted to any more ventures by Google.

    They create good services, but don't have any technical support or good customer relationship.

    You have to be a skilled computer programmer or rocket scientist to be able to use their services.

    There is no service from them that is easy, simple to sign up and use and backed up by real human being technical support and sound friendly customer service.

    Perhaps they believe that everyone doing business on the internet is a computer programmer or an IT professional or software engineer or a rocket scientist and should be able to figure out all their complicated steps in signing up and using their services.

    When companies are arrogant and forget their customers and don't care to have sound customer service, one can easily predict what will be the destiny of such a company.

    Ikey Benney
    http://www.maychic.com/services.htm
    mscsrrr