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Building a Web Site with Google Page Creator

Google Page Creator lets you create a Web page using new technologies, such as AJAX, to produce sophisticated Web pages. Google Page Creator includes 100 MB of free storage, automatically saves as you work, and allows you to use HTML tags to modify the look of your page. (The overall layout of the page won’t be changed, just the details of how the content looks within the page.)

Google Page Creator does have its downside, however. You can’t move the site to its own URL, nor include a blog, a message board, or even any kind of form.

The biggest bogeyman of all is advertising. The beta version of Google Page Creator does not, at this point, insert ads into your page. But it may be that at some point in the future you’ll have to pay to keep your Google Page Creator Web site ad-free.

Before you begin your Google Page Creator adventure, think a bit about what name you want to use. Your Google account name will be the user name of the e-mail address you use to sign up. (That is, the part of your e-mail address before the @ symbol.) This will also be the default name of your Google Page Creator Web site.

However, you can change the Web site name and create more than one Google Page Creator site from your Google account. If you want a unified online identity, though, you may want to create a new Google Mail account with the user name you want and have that be the distinctive part of the name of your Google Page Creator Web site as well. Many desirable Google Mail user names are already taken. You may need to be creative to come up with a name you like that’s still available.

If you do want to use a Gmail account, it’s probably best to set it up first, then follow the steps in to register for your Google account. The Gmail account setup process is pretty simple. Follow the instructions, which are similar to those for registering for an account.

One of the first things you can do when creating a Google Mail account is to check the availability of various names. You must enter your first and last names first; you can then enter a suggested username and check its availability.

Check to see if the name you want is available.
Check to see if the name you want is available.
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