Google Sites LaunchedI played with it on my MN Special Hockey Google Apps domain.
Google finally launched a service that uses JotSpot's technology: Google Sites. The new service is a part of Google Apps and allows you to create web sites collaboratively. 'People can work together on a Site to add file attachments, information from other Google applications (like Google Docs, Google Calendar, YouTube and Picasa), and new free-form content. Creating a site together is as easy as editing a document, and you always control who has access, whether it's just yourself, your team, or your whole organization,' explains Google.
Google offers templates, a rich-text editor, 10GB of storage for each Google Apps account and integration with other Google services so you can embed gadgets, calendars, spreadsheets, presentations, photo slideshows and videos. You can invite people to collaborate or just view a site and you can also publish the site so that anyone can view it.
Some quick impressions:
- The basics are very similar to Page Creator (PC), but it has more facilities for collaboration and change tracking. There are more and better editing tools. It's Wiki-influenced but it feels more like a web page authoring environment than a Wiki. I think you can use it for both.
- I didn't see that file management (attachments) was any better than PC. I hope I'm missing something. File management in PC is awful.
- It appears to support Safari, PC doesn't.
- Like PC you can have multiple sites per domain but you have much more control over access and what becomes public.
- I haven't figured out the Documents integration yet, not sure it's that well integrated.
I think for most sites it will replace Page Creator. There's no migration yet from existing Page Creator sites however, so today you'd have to recreate all PC work in Google Sites. I hope Google will provide some guidance eventually, I won't be moving anything yet.
I'm glad to see a replacement coming from PC, so this one's good news.