Getting Started Creating Web Pages with Google Page Creator

Presentation by Jason Rhode, PhDFaculty Development and Instructional Design CenterNorthern Illinois University 

Are you looking for a simple and free solution for creating a web presence?  Look no further than Google Page Creator! Google Page Creator is a free online tool that makes it easy for anyone to create and publish useful, attractive web pages in minutes without having to learn HTML or use complex software. This hands-on session will introduce Google Page Creator and guide participants through the steps of creating their own personalized website.

Session Objectives:

  • View examples of sites created with Google Pages
  • Compare Google Pages to other web 2.0 communications
  • Setup a free Google account
  • Create a site on a Google Pages account
  • Create home page, add text, images, links, and widgets
  • Create sub-page for the site
  • Create navigation menu for the site
  • Publish a new site to share with others
  • Discuss benefits of Google Pages, included educational uses

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Benefits:

  • Ease of use
  • WYSIWYG editor
  • Affordability
  • Accessibility / standards-based
  • Printable
  • Many design templates available

Steps to Getting Started:  

  1. Sign-up for a free Google account
  2. Login at pages.google.com
  3. Create site URL (e.g. sitename.googlepages.com)
  4. Create site home page
  5. Decide on layout and navigation scheme
  6. Make sub page(s)
  7. Publish site

Recommendations:

  • Keep usability in mind
  • Simple is often better : Jakob Nielsen's Website
  • Consider content before design
  • Keep navigation consistent
  • Keep page URLs as short as possible 

Uses:

  • Website for class, accessible online without restrictions
  • Class project or presentation
  • Personal or professional site
  • e-Portfolio
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