it's cooler than you
One word: implementation. The editor is
based on a solid AJAX framework proved and tested by the GMail project,
and is constructed with Google's usual eye for user interfaces. It includes
textbook examples of clean UI design allowing excellent usability,
flexibility in function without excessive feature creep, and good speed
even on low-bandwidth connections such as mine. Let me explain my reasoning:
Frequently-needed functions are readily available on the side toolbar. Everything required for styling the text on your page is there, and extra functions that would be cumbersome in everyday usage are absent. Common word processor keyboard shortcuts for text styling work, as well. Microsoft did a Good Thing with its smart menus that intelligently hide their less frequently-used functions, but Google has sidestepped this problem entirely by providing you with only what you need to make a decent page on teh intarweb with half your brain tied behind your back, while drunk.
If you're really stuck for some arcane feature of HTML, you always have the option to code it yourself. Obviously, the amount of actual HTML hacking that is possible is a bit limited on such a template-driven site, but that limitation helps to keep pages constrained within the bounds of what is generally accepted as good, and cross-platform renderable, code, as well as (insofar as it can) good taste in design. But, you know, say, those blocks of HTML generated by sites that tell you what kind of animal you are? Those can be pasted in just fine. And if you're really intent that a certain page should not conform to any googlepages template, you can upload any .html file and link to it from another page.
Google AJAX apps are noted for their speed, and GooglePages is no exception. Even on my crappy, laggy and terminally-unreliable WiMax internet connection, it keeps chugging along and is generally able to recover from losses in connectivity.
a) Find a free web host like GeoShitties, knock together some HTML, upload it and suffer more ads than you could ever imagine.
b) Get a blog on a dedicated blogging site, which is usually quite purpose-specific and might well not suit the needs of someone who is looking to have an actual website as well as a blog.
And then, there's the coding.
a) Learn HTML.
No, it's not hard; difficulty is not the
discommending factor, here. Having to manually set up every link or
piece of text on the page is the real annoyance. I have better things
to do with my life than manually type in tags that could be easily
generated by a machine. I've written scripts in the past which handled this for me, but I'm too busy with my actual jet-setting lifestyle at the moment to mess with that sort of thing.
b) Use, say...DreamWeaver. But...
...and either way, you still have to find somewhere to dump your .html
For those of us (myself included) who don't give a heap about hand-coding our blogs, GooglePages' templates offer a palatable, well-designed range of choices which offer enough flexibility to make a unique website without allowing for customisation that would impede ease of assimilation.
You should beg Google for an account, right now!
I don't give one of these about hand-coded blogs
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