Sunday, 16 October 2011

Google Sites, Much More Than Just a Free Website


Google Sites, Much More Than Just a Free Website

Google Sites is not just an application for creating web pages to give your company a presence on the internet. There are plenty of simplified template based packages available; these are ideal for home, club or one man businesses. But if you need an application that can provide for the needs of a small or medium business requiring more than just a web presence then consider Google Sites.
What does Google Sites offer?
It offers more than you initially think;
• Company website
• Intranet - the internal company website for staff
• Project specific workspaces
• Team specific pages
• Storage for all types of folders and files
• Classroom
The setting up and use of Google Sites requires no specialist programming skills and because it is web based, the mechanics can be managed from anywhere with an internet connection whether you are in the office or mobile.
Another positive aspect to this web based application is it does not matter what operating system is being used on the computer, Windows, Linux or Mac, you will still be able to access the inner sanctum of the application.
How do you create with Google Sites?
Well one thing most people will be glad of is you will not have to learn specialist computer language; the only typing needed is your informational text, the rest of it is just clicking buttons or ticking boxes. The application will also upload all the information to the web for you. Setting up is a simple select and click procedure so should not pose a problem to anyone even those who have limited computer knowledge.
The initial part of the set-up is to choose a template from the great selection of templates Google are increasing constantly. Find one that represents the style you wish to associate in the colours or themes that may already exist within your company; or you may want to take the opportunity to go for a whole new re-branding exercise. Once you have decided on colours, styles and themes you need to look at what you want to include in the site, how many pages and what the content is going to be.
It is worth remembering that you can upload images and videos to make the site interesting and also keep your text upmarket and fun to read otherwise your viewers just get bored and go elsewhere. This is particularly relevant if you are promoting your business through the site.
If you are going to store folders, files, presentations or videos for the use of others on your website then you get 10 gigabytes of storage space with 500 megabytes for each user account. The maximum size of one file is a massive 10 megabytes.
There is a simple interface that allows you to set permissions for all content and pages within your site so only the staff and out of company visitors see what you wish them to see.
Google Sites is a very cost effective way of getting your company's presence onto the internet; in fact it is free, it also comes free as part of Google Apps.
For more information about Google Sites visit Ancoris who are are an authorised Google Apps Reseller offering Google Apps Training and much more.


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