Thursday, February 23rd, 2006

Google’s Latest – GooglePages Ajaxed WYSIWYG Page Creator

Category: Google, Showcase

Google has posted (still in Beta, of course) their latest offering to the web community, Google Pages – a web-based WYSIWYG editor for implementing pages on their site.

Google Page Creator is a free online tool that makes it easy for anyone to create and publish useful, attractive web pages in just minutes.

Google Page Creator is still in an early testing phase. If you’re interested in taking it for a test drive, login with your Gmail account to begin making pages. If you don’t have a Gmail account, never fear — you can sign up here. We invite you to let us know what you think by sending us your feedback and suggestions.

The service offers a clean interface that lets you choose from lots of different layouts in a variety of types and colors. Once its loaded, the editing interface allows for the simple addition of images, text areas, links and items like headings and subheads. There’s even an option to edit the HTML directly.

When you create the page and are ready to check it out, there’s the “Preview” mode to be sure everything’s in place and a “Publish” button to send it out into the world. There’s even a page manager included ot help you track your information. Once published, the pages will be located at yourusername.googlepages.com.

Posted by Chris Cornutt at 10:31 am
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Looks cool. Due to high demand, they are throttling creation of new accounts, so you may have to wait to enjoy…

Comment by Bob Lyons — February 23, 2006

I’m certainly looking forward to having a look at this, but I too can’t get in. I just hope it’s a quicker process than getting into Google Analytics, which I’m also waiting for!

Comment by Daniel P Dykes, Rogue Connect — February 23, 2006

It’s nice, but pages can get messy fast. My page got screwed up just by switching templates a couple of times. Also it doesn’t do any clean up on HTML so it can get pretty invalid. This just goes to show how hard it is to make an online WYSIWYG. I should know, my company and I have been trying for many many years to make a good one and things like this always happen. I think the best part, and in web apps this is often overlooked, I love how it saves as you work so that even if your browser crashes or it times-out your work is recently saved. I also like how dragging images doesn’t just change where the image tag goes, it actually aligns to the left, center, or right!

Comment by Steve Nolte — February 23, 2006

Google Page Creator: editor WYSIWYG de páginas web basado en ajax

Google ha lanzado un servicio más para engrosar la lista de aplicaciones web que ya tiene publicadas. Se trata de Page Creator, un servicio mediante el cual puedes crear y editar páginas web sencillas y luego alojarlas en sus servidores. De esta man…

Trackback by DeltaBlog — February 24, 2006

Have you seen the breathtakingly bad HTML it produces? I’ve seen cleaner code come out of FrontPage. No exaggeration…

Comment by Andy Baker — February 24, 2006

Bad code or not – people have gmail, people will have pages access. People who aren’t webdevs or coders won’t give a rats butt how ugly the code is. All they’ll see is a neat way to build a basic webpage/site, which is all most really want anyway. It’s going to catch on like wildfire with them. Me? I’ll stick to hackin’ out code with Quanta and piecing together imagery with GIMP/Photoshop.

Comment by DigitaLink — February 25, 2006

You can upload your own site design and point to that instead. I tested by uploading a template I liked quickly to see if it’d work, and it does. No need to use their layouts. :)

Comment by PhoenixByrd — February 25, 2006

A must visit link from Gooooogle to see how they have implemented AJAX in their pages.google.com. Also see my post for Ajax enable web absed office application at http://goutamdey.com/blog/

Comment by Goutam Dey — March 3, 2006

DigitaLink – please can you help me by telling me how to make my own template and use that withing Googlepages? I am struggling!All I want is all back backgrounds!

http://ashantiomkar.googlepages.com/front

Many Thanks in advance.

Comment by Geetha — March 23, 2006

Geetha,

Not sure how to make your own templates (I don’t write code), but you may change the look of your site (if you wish to change the color of the background) from Page Manager by:

a) clicking on the page you wish to edit (which will take you to Page Editor), and,

b) click on Change Look in the upper right

Should you tire of working with Google Page, may I suggest using topcities.com to host your web page, and WebDwarf V.2 (http://www.virtualmechanics.com/products/dwarf/) to build your page (it is so easy even I was able to build a page).

Comment by blueelvis — April 20, 2006

Any one know how to add google analytics to googlepages
I notice that the HTML edit have the code but when view online can’t find out the code.And google analytics tell me that it can’t work.

Comment by John gao — May 4, 2006

Hi Blueelvis – thanks for the comments, yes, I know how to use the templates given by Google, but they don’t have as pure black one ala http://www.aworan.net so I re-designed and went with the nice clean white! Works for me, so I’m pleased. Good luck!

Comment by Geetha — May 20, 2006

I put together a few tutorials on adding JavaScript content to GooglePages, including specific instructions for the popular Google Analytics, StatCounter, and AdSense tools.
Take a look at the Advanced Tutorials section on GooglePage eXplorer for details.

Comment by GooglePage eXplorer — July 15, 2006

hii. I am using googlepages for a particular website…Can I use a different template than the ones provided by the google page creator team?

Comment by Sarthak — October 14, 2006

I was wondering are there any tutorials for creating a similar web based WYSIWYG editors. Please do share…

Comment by Ali — December 19, 2006

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