Monday, July 15, 2013

Google Sites: An economical option

If you're looking for a good option for a website that is clean, user friendly, low cost, easy to update and very customizable, Google Sites is a great option.  In addition to school and business websites, I have used Google Sites for all of the following:
  • Committee Resource Bank
  • Presentation Tool
  • Personal Resumes
  • Small Group Updates and Publicity
  • Portfolios
  • Family Trip Planning
Personally, I think the best part of Google Sites is the ease of use.  Once the overall layout is set up, editing each page is as easy as 1, 2, 3. 
  1. Click the edit pencil at the top of the page
  2. Type the needed changes into the appropriate area
  3. Click the save button at the top of the page
That's it!  You're done and everything you just added is already published online!  And, with Google's well-known reliability, your site is virtually never off-line!  

A Google Site can be set up with a "basic" theme in as little as a few minutes but there are many options available to the user that will help you customize the entire site to your needs as a group, business or school.  As an added bonus, Google is a free hosting solution and it is also free to set up. This can save schools and businesses a lot of money and hassle.  

I'd say the most commonly heard statement for me is "Yeah, but Google Sites look boring".  Well, yes, they tend to if you are using a "basic" template.  Keep in mind that there are a lot of customization options available and if you have some time and a little knowledge of html code, you can make them look awesome.  Here are a few examples of Google Sites I have created just to give you an idea of what they CAN look like! 

My Google Sites Design Business Website:

Big Al's Pub and Grubberia:

Stanly County Schools:

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