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Google Sites Opens to All



First launched nearly three months ago as part of Google Apps, Google Sites was Google’s rebranding of JotSpot. Late yesterday, Google Sites, designed to allow users to easily create and edit websites, launched for all:

Now we’ve made it easy for anyone to set up a website to share all types of information — team projects, company intranets, 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.

Google Sites pages offer easy-to-use WYSIWYG text editing, which the official Google blog likens to Google Docs’ interface. The blog also says it will be easy to embed calendars, documents, videos, photos, and gadgets “with the click of a button.” (Think it’ll be Google Calendars, Google Documents, Google Video/YouTube, etc. etc.?)

Google Sites also allows for collaborative pages, where you can invite anyone to contribute and edit a page, and user comments on pages. The program also features several page templates, including regular web pages, announcements pages and more.

Google has premiered an official blog for Google Sites as well as a three-minute explanatory video:

Obviously, this could be useful for individuals and small groups (not looking for search engine visibility). Anyone else planning on using it? And do you think the fact that it’s a Google-owned site would actually help search engine rankings?

  • http://www.futurefactory-software.com Musashi

    Looks like an awesom application to me.
    Google-Robot-Visibility will sure be at a maximum, i can not imagine them not permanently crawling their own sites.
    For search-ranking it will have minimum effect, that it is google-owned. Their algorithms are just too sophisticated for this. Maybe a little push to the front, but no significant difference.

  • http://www.greatpriceshere.com Nicole

    This will be in direct competition to yahoogroups, but in a more stylish way. You are right, it is okay for people not looking for search engine visibility.

  • Jordan McCollum

    @Nicole–Google already has Google Groups, not that it’s any competition to Yahoo Groups, though.

  • http://www.gadgets4nowt.co.uk PS3

    Musashi, you answered what was going to be my first question, how will their sites be viewed in terms of PR and SERPs? Anyone else have an opinion on that?

  • http://thenextpost.com Markk

    I’ve viewed the video and I’m not very impressed with it. Why Google Site now when they already have Google Page Creator? Maybe somebody can help explain the difference between the two Google products. Is there some kind of duplication here?

    Markk’s last blog post..Where Have Some Of The Bloggers Gone?

  • http://www.netage.co.za Web Developer

    I am definitely going to be giving it a chance, the link love must be awesome its as many pages as we wish on the Google.com domain, wow

  • http://www.seoresults.co.za Web Marketing Man

    Definitely worth it for the person or small business who can’t afford to pay for a web presence. Foresee this as being very popular.

  • http://www.deemx.com DeeMX

    Google Sites will be a great service for people who wants to create own personal page without any payments.