Google Sites Opens its Doors


ScreenshotYou may remember that Google Sites – the reincarnation of the once-great JotSpot – launched in late February. At the time, it was available only for Google Apps users (see our in-depth review). Now, Google has opened up Sites use to anyone, whether they have a Google Apps account or not (if you’re not seeing the public creation page, make sure you’re not logged into a Google Apps account when you visit).

Google Sites does offer easy on-demand wiki creation – but it’s still missing many of the advanced programmability features that JotSpot offered before its acquisition. If the Google name doesn’t sell you, there are plenty of other folks in the same business, including PBWiki, Huddle, and Springnote.



I really like PBWiki; I found first, so my personal wiki is there; I may move it to PBWiki when my term is over at WikiSpaces.

I’ve been casually using Google Sites since they rolled it out to the Apps domains; I like it as well, but I find WikiSpaces and PBWiki more compelling.

On the corporate side, both Atlassian Confluence and Jive Clearspace are excellent wiki products. They are expensive, but they are free for 3-5 users if you can provide your own hosting.

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