Google has started offering free web hosting. This website is built using the Free Google Sites website.
First off you must have a Google Gmail account.
While I was signed into my Gmail was researching Free Web Hosting. I found several Free web hosts and I signed up for two. They both said you will get a response in two business days after you join our forum. I do not quite understand what that is about. I just wanted to start playing with a free website to put some pages up. Actually I had been paying $100 per year for a website that I was posting shipping information on for my eBay customers. I was looking for a cheaper alternative.
Anyway I stumbled onto an article about a Google Free Web Site. I did a little bit more digging. Then when I did a search for "Google Web Hosting" on Google a Google Sites web page opened up. I went ahead and built a test page and edited the page and saved it. Then I built another page and edited that one also. I linked them together, the link interface is really easy. Maybe I am just getting a little more link savvy.
The Google Sites interface to start your "web page" design is also very simple and easy to use.
The website used my Google email address in the website address but it starts with sites.google.com. Here is the first website I built.
I found this interesting and wondered if I could rename it. I fumbled around and no such luck. Your first website will use the name of your Gmail account. I did find that I could build more websites. At this time Google will let you have 5 different website names including your first unchangeable one.
After I built my first couple of pages on Zbikenut I was searching around and found that I could build four more free sites. All of your website names will end in .googlepages.com.
Depending on what you want to do this is a very simple way to build a web site. In less than thirty minutes you can easily put a couple of pages up. If you are familiar with a basic word processor the interface is very simple and easy to navigate.
For Beginning Web site classes this is awesome. I did not think these pages would rank highly on the search engines but I was wrong. I have built several pages in my 5 free Google web sites that are ranking well for some keywords. Check out my primer on How to get your website into the Google index. This has been a fun experiment.
2 months later--My zbikenut website is coming along. 45 of the 52 pages in the website are in the Google search index. The home page has gone up to a Google pagerank of 3. A couple other pages have a one or two pagerank also.
No advertizing is jammed down your throat when you build a Free Google Web Site. Most Free websites will put a banner ad at the top or the bottom of your page. You can put you own Google adwords or affiliate ads on your site easily. If you check the top and bottom of this page you will see the Google Adwords that I have put up. When these ads are clicked on I get a small stipend from Google.