Google Website Hosting

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Google website hosting is a free website hosting option that integrates well with other Google products. It is easy to use and has many different template options for you to select to set the tone for your business or personal website. You are limited on space size but if you don’t mind that and don’t plan on having a huge site, then this might be a good option.

A little history about Google sites. The original technology involved with Google sites originated form a company called Jotspot which was a software company co-founded by Joe Kraus and Graham Spencer who also started “Excite”. Jotspot was purchased by Google in October of 2006.

When Google first put this out, you needed a domain to also go along with the sites which they were charging $10 per domain at the time. In May of 2008, this wasn’t the case anymore. You can have your site separate from your apps and not need a domain name. However, if you wish to use your own personal domain to be the URL of your site, then this can be done also.

If you already own your own domain or wish to purchase one through a domain register and use that for your Google site, no problem. All you have to do is change the CNAME records on your register and within hours your site will have its own domain name. Google sites does not have a customer service department for you to bounce off questions but they do have a Google sites help area where most of your questions can be answered. You can also use a forum to get your questions answered. They supply a step-by-step guide on how to change your CNAME using either the apps side or regular site-side of the website.
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Some of the good points for Google and the site technology is it integrates well with all of the other products. I give it a plus. You can insert added gadgets for enhancing your website with more options, similar to Joomla or Wordpress. You can add just about anything to the site and working within the site is very user friendly. It is easy to change your templates or theme of your site with one click of the mouse. And you can integrate your Google Adsense seamlessly.

Some of the limitations associated with this option is your limited disk space. You are assigned 100MB of memory and 25GB from the application side of things. You are limited by how much you can alter your site. Even though you afforded some changes, to do extensive changes, you are out of luck. You don’t have access to databases or other platforms and for some webmasters, this is not an option.

If you are after a pretty simple site that is easy to build and does not require a domain name, it might be an option for you. Just make sure and figure out what you will probably need for your site before you decide to use this option. Research other Google web hosting sites and see how they have built their sites or added other options. Research the forums and see what others are saying and if this type of free website hosting sounds good to you, then jump right in.

Some of the key factors to consider is the availability of 24/7 customer service. With a low cost shared hosting plan which usually is around $3 to $5 per month, you can have everything you will ever need for a site, including unlimited disk space and bandwidth along with 24/7 customer service. It may be worth it if this will make you sleep better at night rather then the free hosting option.