And you can do it without any specific knowledge! I knew that Google had such feature as creating your own website long ago. But most of my friends and acquaintances still make big eyes when I tell them about it. So, here is the revelation of the day: yes, it’s really easy to create a website even if you don’t know the website building principles. Thank you Google the Great!
Two years ago I employed Google Sites to create a test page for my family and one more page for my university classmates. There I uploaded various texts, photos and links, and tried to build a website that could serve as a prototype for a true one that would be hosted with some provider in the future. You know it was a good practice since I understood that I had to think over a lot of things like pages linking, their ranking, other links on the pages, pictures insertion, etc.
To start, you have to have a Google account, for example Gmail address. On the top of the inbox interface you’ll find a tool bar with Calendar, Web… and Sites. Or just go to Google sites to start working.
Click on the Sites link and you’ll land on the page where you can start building a site of your own.
Site building with Google is very easy and it’s like a whirlpool – you can’t stop until you’re ready! A lot of functions to customize site borders, colors, fonts, number of pages and subpages, permissions and sharing level, etc. Everything is easy, clear and fine. That’s why I suggest that you try it by yourself and I in my turn will intellectualize a bit on the topic what are the goals for building a local website with Google.
- You can make your family blog with pages devoted to your relatives;
- It’s the best way to promote your friends’ company;
- With this feature, you can build a test site;
- Google website helps you earn money as it’s connected to AdSense;
- You can place your photos to illustrate your site or make a 100% free photo gallery;
- You can set up a file cabinet instead of a web page to store your data and it will be secure since Google provides security settings.
Why I don’t use my Google site as a primary one? There are some disadvantages that I can’t ignore and accept. For example, the name of any Google website will contain sites.google.com/sites/your-site-name. Will you agree that this is not the name that you would indicate on your business card? The problem is solved by means of the site mapping. The choice of page templates is too small. I guess there can be more customized templates but I haven’t found them.
If you are interested, here are some YouTube introduction videos on how to build a Google site.