Google has barely released another service yesterday which addresses a particular niche; newbie webmasters. Remember Geocities and Tripod from the late 90s? Annoying ads and clunky interfaces? They’ve not really changed much, so competition from Google is well overdue.
I put a test page up at sixball.googlepages.com and I have to say, it’s pretty sweet. I dabbled with the CoffeeCup HTML Editor and Mozilla composer ages back to create pages but soon resigned myself to hand-coding my sites. I’ve never felt inclined to touch Frontpage.
I might now seriously consider using the Google page creator to quickly knock-up simple pages and would seriously recommend it to the many people I know who have a desire for a custom website without the urge to hack HTML and CSS.
Since there is currently a total absence of ads on the service, people who have cheaply bought http://www.theirowndomain.com will be able redirect it to googlepages site without looking cheap.