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Google Takes On Web-Design Market





ahmad
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Google Takes On Web-Design Market
Google's Page Creator, which launched today, is yet another tool in the company's arsenal of web-based services -- this one aimed squarely at the web site design market.

Intended as a simplistic way for less-technical people to put up a web page, the free service will compete with products from Microsoft (nasdaq: MSFT - news - people ), Apple Computer (nasdaq: AAPL - news - people ), Adobe (nasdaq: ADBE - news - people ) and even News Corp.'s MySpace.

Individual pages will be hosted at “username.googlepages.com” and each user will be able to store up to 100 megabytes of information, including images. Pages created with Page Creator will be crawled by Google (nasdaq: GOOG - news - people ) within a few hours, making the content immediately searchable. This is an advantage over other web-site hosts, which can take days to be included in Google's search results.

Google has often noted its desire to make all the world's information searchable, and Page Creator fits with that goal, especially if it is eventually integrated with content uploaded to the web with the company's other properties like Blogger, Base and Picasa.

If combined with Gmail and Google Talk, the service could take on a social-networking flavor, which analysts note Google lacks when compared with Web portal competitors like Yahoo! (nasdaq: YHOO - news - people ). In order to compete with a social site like MySpace, however, Page Creator's customization options will have to increase. In the current beta version, only four basic templates and 41 designs are available, though Google is actively soliciting feedback from beta testers on its site.

Analysts have speculated that Google will eventually produce a suite of web-based software to compete with Microsoft Office, or a currency system to compete with PayPal, a division of eBay (nasdaq: EBAY - news - people ). While Google has said that Page Creator will not offer e-commerce capabilities, the product does compete directly with Microsoft's FrontPage software. However, that piece of software is currently being phased-out by Microsoft and will be gone by the time Office 2007 arrives. The beta version of Microsoft's Office Live contains a web page hosting service.

For more on this topic:http://www.forbes.com/markets/commod...markets04.html
Vrythramax
I tried it just a couple of weeks ago and I wasn't very impressed with it at all. Google may be able to give out the space, but the Page Creator itself was very basic at best. Nothing can beat a good old fashioned text editor for making web pages Smile
barkman
Got a question for you - have you ever been suspicious
of Google, like it's standing behind you in the line staring holes in the back
of your head? I don't know. They seem a little
greasy, the way they seem to have infiltrated every aspect of our
lives. Maybe it's just me. Maybe I need to
educate myself more on the company. Maybe then I'll feel safe.
Vrythramax
barkman wrote:
Got a question for you - have you ever been suspicious
of Google, like it's standing behind you in the line staring holes in the back
of your head? I don't know. They seem a little
greasy, the way they seem to have infiltrated every aspect of our
lives. Maybe it's just me. Maybe I need to
educate myself more on the company. Maybe then I'll feel safe.



I have that feeling about AOL Smile

I don't think Google is trying to take over the world...just a majority share Wink
thiamshui
i dun quite like their page editor though.. still hav a long way to go.. well, i do hope they will include more features like php and mysql, cgi, etc..
EVILSKAAP
HMM... Maybe just one more of google's claws, to get control of the world! Oneday they will patent their mindcontrol software to control users and force them in handing their salaries over to google. Dont fall in yet another trap of google. GOOGLE=BORG thus they will assimilate you and you will become a google automaton! NJOY your life while you can and save those that may have been convertd
James007
Wrong section.
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