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Christian Johansen

In the last century, web sites were built by hand, and it was painful. CMSs took the pain away, relatively speaking, but now we're feeling it again. Like broadband, speed and ease of use spoils us. Google sites and similar services will be a CMS killer to handle quick, one-off sites and project document repositories.

And you gotta love logging in using OpenID.

Cole Camplese

Christian, I think you are hitting on it -- speed and ease of use may trump power and massive flexibility. I was stunned with how easy and connected the google sites template was. It was easy to integrate any and all of my google docs with a few clicks. That means a big part of the CMS is actually sitting in a really familiar look word processing UI. If my content flows from a google spreadsheet into the website without effort updating either the page or the data source becomes easy and transparent. I feel like we really need to investigate what is happening in this environment for the small one off site.

And yes, open ID is a nice change!


Hi Cole,

With you all the way on frustrations with multiple locations and versionitis - hate to see direction move towards Sharepoint. Not sure if you have read this article: http://bit.ly/1ZXqxP

I have been using Google Sites since spring and was initially taken aback with its bleak-looking templates and quirky interface. Improvements were encouraging during the summer, enough for me to work on some class projects and explore GS as an e-portfolio tool, although journaling and commenting are limited.

Did not know about the new templates until I read your post and will be asking our site admin to enable them tomorrow. Looking forward to your feedback on the Wiki template!

Joe Fahs

Cole Camplese

Hi Joe. I did see that article. It would be quite an interesting world if enterprises actually could move away from Office in a year. It would really change the way people think about documents and versioning. The idea of sharing instead of single authorship is a powerful change -- from managing an enterprise to teaching and learning.

SharePoint Sceptic

In terms of flexibility and ease, I think the workspace publishing tools of HyperOffice are more flexible and easy to use than Google Sites. Purely free form drag and drop publishing of pages. Check out their blog entry about it:- http://blog.hyperoffice.com/2009/10/19/collaboration-software-upgrades-009/

Cole Camplese

I'll take a look at that and see how they stack up. That post has some great info in it ... thanks for sharing it.

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