A screenshot of a website made using Google Sites
|Operating system||Operating System Independent (web-based application)|
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Google Sites is a structured wiki- and web page-creation tool offered by Google as part of the Google Apps Productivity suite. The goal of Google Sites is for anyone to be able to create a team-oriented site where multiple people can collaborate and share files.
Google Sites started out as JotSpot, the name and sole product of a software company that offered enterprise social software. It was targeted mainly at small-sized and medium-sized businesses. The company was founded by Joe Kraus and Graham Spencer, co-founders of Excite.
In February 2006, JotSpot was named part of Business 2.0, "Next Net 25", and in May 2006, it was honored as one of InfoWorld's "15 Start-ups to Watch". In October 2006, JotSpot was acquired by Google. Google announced a prolonged data transition of webpages created using Google Page Creator (also known as "Google Pages") to Google Sites servers in 2007. On February 28, 2008, Google Sites was unveiled using the JotSpot technology. The service was free, but users needed a domain name, which Google offered for $10. However, as of May 21, 2008, Google Sites became available for free separately from Google Apps, and without the need for a domain.
- Custom Domain Name Mapping - Owners of both personal Google accounts and Google Apps for Business accounts are allowed to map their Google Site to a custom domain name.
- Multi-Tier Permissions and Accessibility - There are three levels of permissions within Google Sites: Owner, Editor and Viewer. Owners have full permissions to modify design and content of the entire Google Site, whereas editors cannot change the design of the site. Viewers can only view the site and are not permitted to make any changes to text or otherwise.
- Separation or Abstraction: The custom code can be abstracted to a distinct file
- Reuse: The same gadget can be reused by multiple sites as it is published publicly
- iFrame is not supported
- one HTML Box can not interact or refer to code outside including other HTML Boxes.
- Script cannot create another script, image or link tags
However JQuery is supported
- 100 MB of storage (for free account) and 10 GB of storage for Google Apps users
- Limited e-store capabilities, can not add a custom shopping cart, have to use the Google i-store gadget to add a shopping cart or a Google Buy Now button.
- A site can also be displayed on a custom domain (e.g. www.example.com, wiki.example.com, support.example.com), but one must own the domain and have access to change the CNAME records.
- Limited use of HTML coding. CSS cannot be incorporated in the theme templates.
- No longer serves .html/.htm web pages, like Google Pages did. All static HTML web pages previously hosted on Google Pages can be migrated to Google Sites, but users later attempting to access them (as well as PDF or other migrated files) must download those files, in order to view.
- Following a regional Turkish court ruling on 2009, all pages hosted on Google Sites had been blocked. It was done after one of the pages contained insult of Turkey founder Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.
See also 
- Schonfeld, Eric (2008-02-28). "CNN's – The Webtop". CNNMoney.com. Retrieved 2008-02-28.
- Gruman, Galen (2006-05-15). "JotSpot delivers enterprise wikis and mashups". InfoWorld. Retrieved 2008-02-29.
- Spot on – Google Blog, November 1st 2006
- Auchard, Eric (2008-02-28). "Google offers team Web site publishing service". Yahoo! News. Archived from the original on 2008-03-02. Retrieved 2008-02-28.
- "Google Sites Help Group". 2008-05-22. Retrieved 2008-05-22.
- "How much storage do I have in Google Sites?". Retrieved 2008-09-10.
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