Google Page Creator is a free online service. You can use it to create own web sites without being a webmaster with knowledge of HTML. There are several layouts and designs you can choose for your site and a WYSIWYG editor for the pages. Additionaly, Google gives you 100 MB for your web site.
First you need a Google Mail account. Using this account, you can create your own Google Pages account at http://pages.google.com . At the moment the service is stopped because of too much interest and because it’s beta yet. We sent a mail to Google Labs to get a review account.
After your account is created, you can start writing immediately. There are buttons for choosing a layout and a design. There are some layouts with headlines and with sidebars. The designs are different in their colours. You can choose between 41 designs.
With the main window you can write text. There are some formatting controls such as bold, italic and underlining, lists, fonts and colors. Using the image button you can upload images or choose an image from the web.
With the HTML editor you can edit the source code of the site and use things which the WYSIWYG editor doesn’t support. But the HTML editor doesn’t support editing the whole site, so you can’t create own layouts or designs.
The page manager shows all your pages, all images and all other uploads. The uploader supported every file type I tried. Useful: if you want to upload more than on file, you just have to choose all files. It uplods one file after another while the other files wait in queue.
What is the difference to other web hosters? Google Pages lets you create your site online, but it has neither MySQL, PHP, … nor FTP support. You see it’s NO replacement for a common web hosting service, but it is almost PERFECT for users who want to publish their last holiday photos or theirselves. They need no knowledge about web hosting and HTML developing.
Of course FTP is important for professional webmasters, but private users don’t need FTP or MySQL. They need an good but easy web hosting solution.
And Google Pages is their best choice!