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Google Pages Reviewed

CmdrTaco posted more than 8 years ago | from the not-the-tool-for-you dept.

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Tam Hanna writes "We got access to a Google Pages review account. Get the full scoop on what Google Pages can do." The gist of it is that "Google Pages Is Not For You." It's for your mom ;)

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And hear the sighs...... (5, Funny)

ShyGuy91284 (701108) | more than 8 years ago | (#15017355)

Of hundreds of slashdot readers as they feel betrayed by their great and perfect "Google", since this isn't for them.......

Re:And hear the sighs...... (1)

danormsby (529805) | more than 8 years ago | (#15017511)

Don't be silly. We are free to upload whatever we want using the upload function. My mum would never be able to sus out how to embed [googlepages.com] a Google Video.

Re:And hear the sighs...... (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15017633)

In undeveloped countries, the consumer controls the market. In capitalist America, the market controls you.
Well, if that isn't the most dumbass thing I've ever read. And Michael Moore is telling the truth, George Bush has killed millions and Hillary Clinton will be the next President.

If your parents paid for your education, they should demand a refund.

Re:And hear the sighs...... (0, Redundant)

theStorminMormon (883615) | more than 8 years ago | (#15017749)

I know it's OT, but

Well, if that isn't the most dumbass thing I've ever read. And Michael Moore is telling the truth, George Bush has killed millions and Hillary Clinton will be the next President.

If your parents paid for your education, they should demand a refund.


Hear hear!

-stormin

SCOOP! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15018140)

What's really happened is that thousands of Slashdot fan boys where in their bedrooms furiously masturbating, and just about when they where about to climax, they read this and went all soft. Just like when mom walks in on them.

Woot (1)

Blakey Rat (99501) | more than 8 years ago | (#15018246)

Yes, but it give me yet another chance to shamelessly pimp my Google Pages resume! And it's even slightly on-topic, if you squint.

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The Review is not for you either --- /. effect (1)

RationalRoot (746945) | more than 8 years ago | (#15017357)

Nothing nuch to see here either.

Re:The Review is not for you either --- /. effect (1)

remembertomorrow (959064) | more than 8 years ago | (#15017481)

Correct heading:

The Slashdot Effect: REVIEWE@$@#%@%*NO CARRIER*

Duped Trash Instead of News (3, Informative)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 8 years ago | (#15017360)

So I couldn't help but notice that this article is just [slashdot.org] a dupe [slashdot.org] .

Apparently, a link to a blog with a couple paragraphs and screenshots of a service that has been covered before is newsworthy. Not in my opinion.

Oh, and if you go to that blog that's linked in the article, there is a "Contact Us" tab which results in the same e-mail that the author of this article (Tam Hanna) linked to their name. This isn't a review, it's a "Oooh, this is neat" article which is odd considering I have a Google Pages account and it's not that neat--it's functional and simplistic but limiting. And please do notice the ads (some by Google) surrounding Tam Hanna's blog. So they'll be making some cash off the Slashdot effect. What a tool Slashdot has become.

If you want an example of something they rejected to bring you a duped article, here's one I submitted this morning that some of you may or may not care about:

About a week ago, Robert Jordan [wikipedia.org] wrote a letter to Locus [locusmag.com] in which he stated he has amyloidosis. Amyloidosis is a rare blood disease that leaves patients with a median of one (no treatment) to four (with treatment) years left to live. He confirmed this on his publisher's website [tor.com] . This is devastating news for fantasy enthusiasts but on his blog [dragonmount.com] he spoke about the Wheel of Time series: "Worse comes to worst, I will finish A Memory of Light, so the main story arc, at least, will be completed." Let us all wish him a permanent recovery--if he can write the epic tomes of the Wheel of Time, surely beating amyloidosis will be trivial.

Re:Duped Trash Instead of News (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15017411)

Mod parent up.

Re:Duped Trash Instead of News (0, Offtopic)

FZer0 (585622) | more than 8 years ago | (#15017426)

That's why digg.com is so much better these days.

Re:Duped Trash Instead of News (2, Funny)

Mr. Underbridge (666784) | more than 8 years ago | (#15018017)

That's why digg.com is so much better these days.

Yeah, instead Digg has duped Apple ads from 1987.

Re:Duped Trash Instead of News (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15017432)

Apparently, a link to a blog with a couple paragraphs and screenshots of a service that has been covered before is newsworthy. Not in my opinion.

I share your opinion. No way is this any kind of Front Page Stuff That Matters. More like Pimp My Blog.

Maybe the author is Taco's mom.

If so, he should get her a Google Page, 'cause her server's choking pretty hard already...

Re:Duped Trash Instead of News (-1, Offtopic)

BuR4N (512430) | more than 8 years ago | (#15017433)

Mod parent post up (to front page preferbly!)!

Re:Duped Trash Instead of News (0, Offtopic)

jettoki (894493) | more than 8 years ago | (#15017468)

Oh my God, that's tragic. :(

How could they reject a news story like that?

Re:Duped Trash Instead of News (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15017499)

Easily

Re:Duped Trash Instead of News (2, Funny)

period3 (94751) | more than 8 years ago | (#15017513)

So I couldn't help but notice that this article is just a dupe.


It's not for you, it's for your mom.

Re:Duped Trash Instead of News (1)

Sigg3.net (886486) | more than 8 years ago | (#15017577)

Seems like you need a Google Page!

Re:Duped Trash Instead of News (4, Funny)

ObsessiveMathsFreak (773371) | more than 8 years ago | (#15017596)

If you want an example of something they rejected to bring you a duped article, here's one I submitted this morning that some of you may or may not care about:

OK. Firstly, the article isn't a dupe. It's a link to a review of a service mentioned in a previous dupe. Note the subtle difference.

And secondly, you have no grounds for complaint. The Slashdot Random Story Submission Selection System (SRSSSS), is completely unbiased. Not even quality submissions are granted preference!

Re:Duped Trash Instead of News (1)

thebiggs (625489) | more than 8 years ago | (#15017706)

You see, I have two problems with what you wrote.

First, as several other responders have pointed out, a review of something that has previously been posted does not constitute a dupe. Neither does the news that the public beta is expanding. These are separate news items. If you flip out everytime some new Google Beta or marginally-better iPod is announced with a [dupe] and [dupe] and [dupe] and [this too] post, you kind of miss the point: Slashdot is an ongoing conversation, so when something new happens, it's worthy of a post. Would you suggest we go back and post

But on the other hand, you're right about Robert Jordan. I don't read him, but as a card-carrying Nerd, I know who he is, and news of his fate is of interest to me and many other Nerds. It seems you may have run afoul of an editor who didn't know who he is, or his geek-cultural importance, which is unfortunate. Since this is News for Nerds, it would be helpful if all the editors were familiar with all the varied and important flavors of Nerd interest.

Re:Duped Trash Instead of News (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15017956)

Hi PPL,
I am Tam Hanna from tamsPalm and felt like talking up now too.

First of all, the author Alexander Gratz is NO ENGLISHMAN, but rather a German! His english may not be good, but so what.

And abvout the review: we are specialized on Palm OS stuff, and not on other stuff which we only do as a "second hand".

About the server: our web host is already working on the fix...

Last buit not least, bvetter not talk about googlwe AdSense. The revenue made is pathetic, trust me, all it does is cover our hosting costs that flamer/lamer trolls raise up...=)

Best regards and stop whining
Tam Hanna

allready /.ed (1)

broyles (838024) | more than 8 years ago | (#15017362)

looks like the page has allready been /.ed, any one got a mirror?

Re:allready /.ed (5, Interesting)

tpgp (48001) | more than 8 years ago | (#15017406)

ooks like the page has allready been /.ed, any one got a mirror?

Mirrordot [mirrordot.com]

As for the "Suitable for Mum, not slashdotters" comment, its 100MB of webspace for free

That makes it suitable for me - even just to use to transfer large files around (when I'm behind a firewall that only lets port 80 through)

Re: Transferring large files around (1)

ricepudd (960850) | more than 8 years ago | (#15017489)

Since I've spent the last couple of weeks failing to upload a 1.5mb pdf to my GooglePages account (despite the faq saying I should be able to upload anything up to 10mb, and having managed to upload 200k pictures without problems) I wouldn't consider it useful for personal file transfer.
I'd stick to your gmail account for that.

Riiiight.. (3, Insightful)

EBFoxbat (897297) | more than 8 years ago | (#15017366)

Neato... is this much different than say Geocities was? Just means myspace-like sites on google domains I think. Not my cup of tea.

Re:Riiiight.. (1)

boxxa (925862) | more than 8 years ago | (#15017494)

I have played with my Google Pages account. It is a nice little project for them and anyone intrested in basic web layouts and design but the customizeable of it is far from the needs of what a true web designer/developer needs. Anyone on the way to GooglePage hacks?

Just what the world needs (5, Funny)

Mantorp (142371) | more than 8 years ago | (#15017367)

more pages like this [googlepages.com]

Re:Just what the world needs (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15017674)

Another perfectly good keyboard ruined but perfectly good cup of coffee! Thanks alot!

Re:Just what the world needs (1)

dlx0r (957072) | more than 8 years ago | (#15018113)

and this [googlepages.com] ...

Server is Down (0, Redundant)

catdogven (947172) | more than 8 years ago | (#15017368)

Another server fell victim of the /. effect.

Not for my mom (2, Funny)

sam_paris (919837) | more than 8 years ago | (#15017371)

Unless it allows page creation through one huge button entitled "MAKE WEBPAGE CLICK HERE" its not going to work for my mom.

In fact, now I come to think about it, she would have to a) Use a computer and b) Use the internet, first!

...not gonna happen

But What About.... (-1, Troll)

pandrijeczko (588093) | more than 8 years ago | (#15017377)

...if your mom's a MILF???

Then it's definitely for me! :-)

Re:But What About.... (1)

ShyGuy91284 (701108) | more than 8 years ago | (#15017479)

If his mom is a milf, she can probably use those looks to get some neighborhood boy to make a page for her, so she has much better ways at going about getting a website...

My mom has dimentia.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15017380)

If this is for my mom, it must be really simple as my mom has dimentia :(

Re:My mom has dimentia.... (4, Funny)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | more than 8 years ago | (#15017403)

> If this is for my mom, it must be really simple as my mom has dimentia

Is that the ability to travel to other dimensions?

Re:My mom has dimentia.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15017441)

Sounds that way to me, see also the inability to spell. Is it possible that these concepts could be linked?

Not for me? (4, Funny)

gEvil (beta) (945888) | more than 8 years ago | (#15017389)

"Google Pages Is Not For You." It's for your mom

But what if I am my mom?!?

Re:Not for me? (3, Funny)

MadTinfoilHatter (940931) | more than 8 years ago | (#15017470)

But what if I am my mom?!?

In that case I would say that you have some major issues, and needn't really worry about Google...

Re:Not for me? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15017477)

Recursion at work...

I wished I had a recursive mom, I could love myself alot more...

Re:Not for me? (1)

maxwell demon (590494) | more than 8 years ago | (#15017506)

But what if I am my mom?!?

Then you will be convicted for breaking the Time Travel Act, paragraph 4:

"Time travellers who, either willfully or due to carelessness, cause a causal situation, where one or more certain events, including but not limited to the coming into existance of a certain object or life form, including but not limited to human being, including but not limited to the time traveller himself, causally follows from the event itself, either in isolation or in conjunction with other events and/or circumstances, shall be punished by being arrested on prehistoric earth for at least one year, at most his remaining life time."

Yes, the Time Travel Act has not yet been passed, but then, the time machine has not yet been built, either. However, in your time line, of course both have already happened. All in all, it was a really bad idea to have sex with your own father!

Re:Not for me? (1)

twinchang (905272) | more than 8 years ago | (#15018220)

But what if I am my mom?!?
Hey! Your mom is reading /.? Great news for our slashdotter! Make an article here!

Sendmail (1, Funny)

zaguar (881743) | more than 8 years ago | (#15017391)

I know I'll get modded down for this, but if Pages is for your mom, who is sendmail for? People with PhD's in computer science and maths?

Re:Sendmail (1)

stud9920 (236753) | more than 8 years ago | (#15017890)

What if my mom HAS a PhD in CS an maths ?

Not my mom. (3, Funny)

Rob T Firefly (844560) | more than 8 years ago | (#15017419)

My mom is still trying to figure out why they plugged a typewriter and a rolling soapdish into the tv.

so yea, it is for your mom (5, Informative)

escay (923320) | more than 8 years ago | (#15017421)

FTFA, this sums it up -

What is the difference to other web hosters? Google Pages lets you create your site online, but it has neither MySQL, PHP, nor FTP support. You see its NO replacement for a common web hosting service, but it is almost PERFECT for users who want to publish their last holiday photos or theirselves. They need no knowledge about web hosting and HTML developing. Of course FTP is important for professional webmasters, but private users dont need FTP or MySQL. They need an good but easy web hosting solution.

Re:so yea, it is for your mom (2, Interesting)

Suppafly (179830) | more than 8 years ago | (#15017697)

Of course FTP is important for professional webmasters, but private users dont need FTP or MySQL. They need an good but easy web hosting solution.

That's really an annoying stance to take though since a lot of 'private users' quickly outgrown the 'easy web hosting solution' and have to switch to full fledged hosting somewhere else. I better system would be to allow their hosting to group with their users.

Oh my, yes. (3, Insightful)

ZeroExistenZ (721849) | more than 8 years ago | (#15017423)

The gist of it is that "Google Pages Is Not For You." It's for your mom ;)

So you not only have summarized TFA FOR me - so I don't have to RTFA - AND you're saying it's nothing for anyone but a sporadic user... Why are you wasting space on slasdot?

Re:Oh my, yes. (1)

pdpTrojan (454023) | more than 8 years ago | (#15017500)

Why the fuck are you even commenting then? If anything, you're the biggest waste of space on Slashdot.... EVAR!

Re:Oh my, yes. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15017516)

Well it answered the major question I had from the previous story, no FTP support, so useless for me. And the screenshots are nice for those of us who can't get the service yet.

Re:Oh my, yes. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15017527)

I found it to be the most interesting post today. Now I won't have to help my mom or sisters upload pics and create links.

I can spend my time on more interesting stuff.

Re:Oh my, yes. (1)

Korben Dallas (192692) | more than 8 years ago | (#15018215)

So they can waste space on it again in a few hours.

Re:Oh my, yes. (1)

mblase (200735) | more than 8 years ago | (#15018426)

So you not only have summarized TFA FOR me - so I don't have to RTFA - AND you're saying it's nothing for anyone but a sporadic user... Why are you wasting space on slasdot?

So that you know it, now. The real question is, why are you wasting space commenting on a posting you just said is worthless?

Well... (2, Informative)

O'Laochdha (962474) | more than 8 years ago | (#15017438)

Did anyone really expect anything else? These kinds of webpages have a long history of being geared towards the mass-market, and the mass-market is semi-luddites. The primary market couldn't use HTML if their lives depended on it, let alone script anything. And one has to recognize that a site that does the things the average geek would want it to do would get too much traffic to give out for free. They can't really afford to have interesting websites on a service like this, or they'd go bankrupt.

I'm so glad... (4, Insightful)

pedantic bore (740196) | more than 8 years ago | (#15017445)

... that I have slashdot to remind me several times about every little thing that Google does.

Gadzooks.

Re:I'm so glad... (0)

ShyGuy91284 (701108) | more than 8 years ago | (#15017502)

googledot.org has expired... They should swipe it up.....

Re:I'm so glad... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15017776)

kill yourself.

Internet landfill (1)

gcw1 (914577) | more than 8 years ago | (#15017490)

Page editors like this although great for people who don't understand page design and hosting, will inevitably just make it easier for everyone to dump more crap then there already is on the internet...

For your mom... (4, Funny)

ryanvm (247662) | more than 8 years ago | (#15017501)

The gist of it is that "Google Pages Is Not For You." It's for your mom.

Hey - that's my motto too.

I sure am glad (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15017519)

that I spent money to be a subscriber so I can read the dupes before anyone else

'How do I turn my Google page on?' - Mom (2, Funny)

digitaldc (879047) | more than 8 years ago | (#15017532)

The gist of it is that "Google Pages Is Not For You." It's for your mom ;)

So it has a personal tech support agent and hand to hold built right into it?

Re:'How do I turn my Google page on?' - Mom (1)

twinchang (905272) | more than 8 years ago | (#15018289)

So it has a personal tech support agent and hand to hold built right into it?
Yes. Shouldn't mom's son and daughter fit this tech support prefectly? er, wait...

less than yahoo (1)

whitestone (960256) | more than 8 years ago | (#15017546)

At yahoo, I have no problem to enter html statements, while at gpc i have to compose the html off line and upload the page. Of course 100Mb is far more than geocities 15Mb, but frankly, I had hoped for a webspace of 2Gb and counting.....

Re:less than yahoo (1)

op12 (830015) | more than 8 years ago | (#15017757)

There's an option on GPC (I believe in the bottom left) to edit the HTML directly. You can edit it online.

In Bed (2, Funny)

smoor (961352) | more than 8 years ago | (#15017554)

Google Pages isn't for your, its for your Mom.... IN BED

Seriously though, did anyone thing that Google Pages would be met by anything but annoyance and derision by the uber-geeks of the slashdot crowd?

Its like discussing Garanimals (http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=garanimals [google.com] ) in a fashion forum. I wish they had those for adults... sigh...

Use it as an image store (2, Insightful)

LoKi128 (145233) | more than 8 years ago | (#15017562)

Upload all your images and other binary files, and use this as the bulk storage server for your website. Keep the PHP somewhere else, and use the free bandwidth offered by Google. Wonder what the cap on transfer/month is, or if there is a restriction on outside referals...

Re:Use it as an image store (1)

ObsessiveMathsFreak (773371) | more than 8 years ago | (#15017740)

They only give you 100MB of storage space. If you've alrady got hosting that provides PHP, there's little point going to all that trouble just to save 100MB of space, space your current host can provide cheaply anyway.

Re:Use it as an image store (1)

LoKi128 (145233) | more than 8 years ago | (#15017772)

Not really talking about space... most providers limit how many GB you can transfer per month, haven't seen if Google does or not.

Not true (3, Insightful)

ultrabot (200914) | more than 8 years ago | (#15017589)

Google pages is alright for me. I'm not a web designer, nor do I care about all the gizmos you can do. I just want to push pics and text to the web, and even a basic Wiki would be fine for me.

What I need, and Geocities doesn't provide, is a fast ad-free ajaxy interface and "one login", i.e. gmail/gtalk/whatever login.

"One login to rule them all..."

Google pages *is* for me! (3, Interesting)

nicestepauthor (307146) | more than 8 years ago | (#15017808)

I have been maintaining a website on sourceforge for years now. I had to create the pages, then tar them up and use scp to transfer the tarball to SF's server, then log in and untar it, change authorites on the files so they could be served, do minor corrections with vi, etc. Nothing challenging but tedious as hell. I would have probably released more files if I didn't have to update the website each time.

I decided that I wanted to simplify the website, put everything on one page, pretty it up with a stylesheet, etc. I had no time to do this. Then Google Pages came along and I was able to create my new website by doing copy and paste from the old website. I was able to try many different stylesheets before deciding on the one I wanted, and I published the website by pressing one button. This combined with what sourceforge gives me is exactly what I wanted.

You can check out the website at http://nicestep.sourceforge.net/ [sourceforge.net] . (You'll be redirected to the google pages version from my original site.)

If you've got it use it (1)

tecker (793737) | more than 8 years ago | (#15017600)

Hmm well obviouly the page isnt being hosted by Google Pages if the site had been slashdoted. Hmm. If you got a page and played with it why not show it off. Obviously Slashdot it not for you (or your server).

Good for Web Designers too! (4, Interesting)

Toreo asesino (951231) | more than 8 years ago | (#15017624)

I've actually found this tool very usefull for starting out when designing webpages too.

It produces perfect cross-browser compatible seperation of CSS/HTML; no tables for one thing, and there's a whole bunch of template layouts to get started with (2 column. The rest just involves saving the source, tweaking the CSS to your own look & feel and adding content! Granted, the layouts are never exactly what you're looking for, but still, it's a good starting point.

Well done Google!

Article summary missing last line (1)

brouski (827510) | more than 8 years ago | (#15017653)

Shouldn't that summary end with "Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh!"?

For someone with a Wife and Child (1)

hcob$ (766699) | more than 8 years ago | (#15017654)

The Google Pages is a great way to make a website in the time that you have. It's easy and clean. Most of the annoying part of a page (the spacing and layout) is done for you and you just add your content.

"Google Pages Is Not For You."??? (0)

SpaghettiPattern (609814) | more than 8 years ago | (#15017677)

"Google Pages Is Not For You."??? Well, neither is tamspalm.tamoggemon.com.

Is it just me? (1)

GigG (887839) | more than 8 years ago | (#15017720)

I've been trying for over 2 weeks now to access pages.google.com and all I ever see is..
500 - Google Page Creator Oops! 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.
error.metadata.read

Re:Is it just me? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15018567)

Beta.

--- Original Message ---

Is it just me?
(Score:1)
by GigG (887839) Alter Relationship on 10:11 AM March 29th, 2006 (#15017720)
I've been trying for over 2 weeks now to access pages.google.com and all I ever see is..
500 - Google Page Creator Oops! 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.
error.metadata.read

Just the beginning... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15017731)

The haven't really bothered to look that deeply into Google Pages, but from what I see, it's a WYSIWYG web design client.

Anyone else see this as just a stepping stone to building a full featured word processor/desktop publishing client? Complete with built-in file manager.

Why is Google doing this redundant service?! For $ (1)

wile_e_wonka (934864) | more than 8 years ago | (#15017733)

Just another means of ad revenue. They'll figure out some way to get ad revenue out of this--why else would they do it?

For my mom? For me too then (4, Insightful)

devilsbrigade (930153) | more than 8 years ago | (#15017777)

Not really, my mom uses Front page to do her website for school. To be honest, this IS more for me. I don't classify myself as one of the elite uber geeks, who can code a webpage in perl while debuggin a SQL server and have time to post snarky remarks on /. at the same time. I HATE coding webpages. I can't think of a more boring exercise in the world. Why do you think there are so many poorly designed ones? People stop learing how to do. Its just a whole lot easier for me to post my 100 MB of internet trash to web when all the hard design work is done for me. I can post some pics, make some jokes that are funny to me and my friends, and still have time to go out and have a life that doesn't revolve around the glow of my laptop monitor. Elitist ruin every application regardless of what its for. When did the web bcome a place where on the instructed and capable can play. Why shouldn't anyone with a computer and internet connect be allowed to have thier own special little place to play, celebrate their own life and enjoy making webpage? Do you truly think that thier 100 MBs of usage and 1 - 2 view per month is really going to affect the upload bandwidth of your cable modem causing that critical sword strike you launched at lord Razak to fall wrong ruining the last 6 months of your life? Get off your internet high horse and let people enjoy it.

Secret Strategy (4, Funny)

XMilkProject (935232) | more than 8 years ago | (#15017941)

Maybe Google has a secret strategy to easily increase the quality of their search results.

1) Make it easy to create a useless crap webpage.
2) All crap webpage designers flock to Google Pages.
3) Google just blocks Google Pages domain from search results.
4) ??????????
5) Profit!

you guys are missing the point (4, Insightful)

theStorminMormon (883615) | more than 8 years ago | (#15017946)

As someone who's relatively web-savy (I've used Dreamweaver and Flash extensively in the past and I've grown to loathe Frontpage) I've got to say that I think GooglePages is a truly awesome innovation. Sure - there's no one thing about it that's really that great. But think about the fact that they've bundled the web-hosting, domain-name, and web-creation all into 1 package, made it simple, and made it free.

This isn't just for people who don't can't learn HTML. This is for anyone who wants to get a decent site on the itnernet but simply has better thaings to do than to learn to make attractive web pages from scratch. Face it - the GooglePages look pretty sweet (especially compared to Geocities, etc.)

There are a lot of people out there who would benefit from being able to create and maintain their own webpages who simply don't have the time to learn more tech stuff. I tried it out and was immediately convinced it would work perfectly for my dad (an English professor - http://terryl.givens.googlepages.com/ [googlepages.com] ). He doesn't need SQL, PHP, etc. No messageboards, no forums, no online-shopping, no registering. Just text, images, and some pdf/doc docs.

My dad's a smart man. He could learn all about web hosting, html, etc. if he wanted to. But he's got a PhD in Comparative Literature and he's a litle busy with doing his actual job to start learning how to do tech stuff. There are lot of professionals and other busy people out there like him. They would benefit from a very simple web site. Not just simple to design, but simple to order (try explaining domain names vs. web hosting to most non-techies) and maintain. Not to mention free.

GooglePages is not rocket science - but in my opinion it goes a long way towards hitting the sweet spot where convenience and function are optimized for people who want to be able to make web pages with no serious training.

I also think it's not a bad idea for techies either, if you're too busy with other stuff. I'm working full time, I do consulting part time, I have my own small company on top of that, and I'm about to start a masters program. I don't have time to mess with a web site, but it's important to keep a presence on the web (resume stuff). GooglePages is perfect for that.

-stormin

My Mom porgrams in Assembly... (1)

Superfreaker (581067) | more than 8 years ago | (#15017974)

me: and she benches 250.
guy: peices?
me: peices?! No, pounds baby! POUNDS!
mom: I'll bring my tools. I start tomorrow.

Much nicer than most others' offerings (1)

jbarr (2233) | more than 8 years ago | (#15017988)

The article is a bit sparse for a "review", but it does bring up some good points.

In other places, I have seen arguments that GooglePages is nothing more than a "Googlefied" version of GeoCities or AngelFire. While there is some truth to this, let's not forget two things:

1. GooglePages (currently) doesn't have any ads. Unlike GC or AF, there are no annoying "ad gadgets" that can really detract from the site content. GC and AF convey the notion of "Hi, you've reached my uber-free site that sports lots of ads because I'm too cheap to pay for a Web host." GooglePages simply conveys simple, clean content. Eventually, Google may include ads, but like all of their other products that include ads, they'll likely be very unobtrusive.

2. GooglePages doean't require any offline applications to maintain content. I believe either GC or AF required a download/install of an app to manage the pages. GooglePages is slick and quick, right from most browsers.

FInally, let's also not forget that GooglePages is not meant to replace full-blown hosting services. It's not a CMS, and it's not a Blog site. What it is, is a clean, simple, and fast way of posting simple Web pages. I really like the fact that I can create simple, ad-hoc pages. Yes, they are "canned" but they are also flexible. And if you want to upload your own HTML content, you are free to do so.

-Jim
http://googlepagestips.com/ [googlepagestips.com]

My Mom is Mrs Steve Ballmer (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15018234)

you insensitive clod!

My timing sucks... (1)

cniemira (558347) | more than 8 years ago | (#15018243)

Just a couple days before I planned to release the first alpha of my new toy [psychograph.org] (shameless plug), I get an invite from Google to join their Pages beta test. So I checked it out and immediately thought little of it.

Sure, it's a nice system, but I was actually hoping they'd have done something more along the lines of what psychograph [psychograph.org] does (or, will do when it's past alpha release). Pages seems rather limited when it comes to design elements, taking a rather cookie cutter approach to layout and templates. The only real advantage I see is, aside from the Google name, the storage volume they're giving away for free.

Huh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15018280)

I am your Mom, you insensitive clod!

this article (1)

HolyMoto (935690) | more than 8 years ago | (#15018409)

Does anyone else find that this link takes them to the FBI homepage?

Re:this article (1)

EddyPearson (901263) | more than 8 years ago | (#15018433)

yes! me!

Re:this article (1)

Hektor_Troy (262592) | more than 8 years ago | (#15018441)

Yeah, I end up there too. Same with http://tamspalm.tamoggemon.com/ [tamoggemon.com] - wonder what the [censored] is up with that.

Re:this article (1)

boxturtleme (949440) | more than 8 years ago | (#15018451)

Yeah, that's kinda weird.

Re:this article (1)

N3Z (746334) | more than 8 years ago | (#15018455)

yes. Something happened in the last 10 minutes or so. Hacked? Overloaded and intentionally redirected? Are they trying to irritate the FBI?

Re:this article (1)

natedubbya (645990) | more than 8 years ago | (#15018462)

Yes I saw that too. The webhost might forward large amounts of traffic to the FBI site, thinking they are under a DOS attack....or in this case, slashdot attack.

Re:this article (1)

zenwarrior (81710) | more than 8 years ago | (#15018572)

Let's go for it. A /. attack on the FBI. All at once, everybody click...NOW!

Re:this article (1)

zenwarrior (81710) | more than 8 years ago | (#15018497)

Yes, within that storyline is indeed a link to the FBI's web site. Good to know it's not just me. I thought Bush's administration had gone so far as to start hijacking browsers of its critics! That would be one helluva way to send a "We're watching you." message.

Re:this article (1)

Sharth (621005) | more than 8 years ago | (#15018501)

That's what happens for me too. Weird.

Re:this article (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15018505)

Yeah, I get a page at the FBI site... hmmmm

Link broken at host? (1)

mblase (200735) | more than 8 years ago | (#15018465)

My browser reads the link correctly, but every time I click on it I get redirected to http://www.fbi.gov/ [fbi.gov]

FBI page? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15018489)

When I follow the link I end up at the FBI website. The url in my browser gets rewritten to
http://www.fbi.gov/?2006/03/29/google-page-creator -review/ [fbi.gov]
WTF?
Anyone else get this? I'm in the UK btw.

WARNING - Link Redirect (2, Informative)

rGauntlet (54921) | more than 8 years ago | (#15018517)

Looks like they didn't appreciate the extra traffic to their site, and now it redirects to the FBI website.
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