Some may have noticed the abrupt style in which Google announced the end of Google Page Creator, a free online tool that allowed users to create and publish web pages.
Google has instead chosen to focus their efforts on Google Sites. While similar to Page Creator
, Google Sites allows users to make information accessible who need "quick, up-to-date access". Users can add file attachments, information from other Google applications (such as Google Docs, Google Calendar, YouTube and Picasa), and new free-form content.
Google Sites was launched
back in February as part of Google Apps for companies and organizations that wanted to use the service on their own domains. In May, Google opened up access to Sites to everyone
in hopes that small organizations, including clubs, teams and classes would take advantage of their easy-to-create website application.
By the end of May, they integrated Google Analytics
with Sites. And by July, they were able to allow users to map public sites hosted on Google Sites to their own domains. As summer progressed, Google Sites made many more advancements and seemed to be leaving Page Creator in the dust, as far as functionality was concerned. Fortunately, when both products are yours, you can decide to discontinue the one that fell behind.
Google Page Creator users will have their pages automatically transitioned to Google Sites later this year. And soon Page Creator will be only a mere memory in Google History.