We do a lot of web related servicing at ETC so as soon as I alerted my crew about this, they went bonkers. Google released a new service called Google Page Creator (hat tips to Dan, Steve, Nik) This is a free online tool that makes it easy for anyone to create and publish useful, attractive web pages in just minutes.
– Everything is done through the web browser
– The ease of blogging, with the layout ability of a simplified Dreamweaver
– Lots of hidden dynamic AJAX goodness (try resizing images!)
– Decent domain name: yourname.googlepages.com.
– You get 100MB web space
No, this isn’t going to take away the coverted jobs of web designers, but it’s more like a cool toy for making quick web pages for things for classes, personal to-do lists and so on. Since it’s easy to edit and allows for dynamic layouts, you could use it like a blog if you wanted to (you’d probably need to use Haloscan for adding comments)
Some interesting trains of thought…
• Search Engine Watch cites Rosenstein as saying 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.
• With all the “Google this and Google that” projects, Mashable has an interesting piece on Google’s Spray and Pray strategy (cites Techcrunch’s criticism of Google going back to old style web). I beg to differ though… I can see the expandibility of this project into many areas… including the possibility of embedding dymanic content later on if Google decides. Right now it’s all over the place but I’m sure we’ll see some Google pieces starting to merge soon (e.g. GoogleBase). There’s definitely a market for this, just look at MySpace and how teenagers are learning how to write HTML WITHOUT even realizing it (as one of my readers noted in a myspace comment).
As Educational Technologist, what do we think?
If anything, this is a savior to us at ETC since we can outsource calls for simpler web projects, simply by showing how patrons could use Google Page Creator for easy building and editing. It’s powered by AJAX, which makes it all so fast & fun to use!
Try it out at http://pages.google.com
UPDATE: New account registration closed for now, but if you have a Gmail account it should work.