So a while back, Google replaced Page Creator with Google Sites. Since I utilize a lot of different Google products (Mail, Feedburner, Groups, Analytics, Docs, etc...), I decided to give it a spin for creating a website for our Irrin homebrew setting campaign. Here's what I ended up with.
The above site is for my upcoming HARP campaign (yep, I decided to give it another whirl). (I'm also running a Castles & Crusades campaign based in Irrin, but that site is another project for another post). I just opened it and the discussion group to our players this morning, so this is still pretty new. As you can see, it isn't the fanciest site in the world, but I do think it is pretty functional. There's still some items and some organization that need tended to, but there's plenty of time for that.
My review? Google Sites was pretty easy to use, especially for a design-challenged individual such as myself (I can understand where folks more adept at this sort of thing would want more customizable options, but that's nothing I need). Creating new pages, hosting files--all of it was in a nice, friendly, Google-style interface. Then again, there are some parts and missing features that give it an unpolished feel. Here's a little list of the pros and cons for Google Sites I've encountered:
-Free (you knew that would be #1)
-Easy to create and position new pages
-Can edit background and banner images
-100 MB free storage (may be a con if you are planning to use it for your prime storage)
-WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor makes typing what you want easy
-Integrates pretty nicely with other Google Tools (this is an area that continues to improve. Not long ago, it would have been under the "cons" heading)
-Ugly domain names/does not allow for naked domain
-Limited templates/design choices
-Little features, like a spell checker on the edit page, are missing
-Poor sorting options for files
-Cannot load larger files (had trouble past 10 MB or so)
So, as you can see, if you're looking to create a campaign website, Google Sites has some things going for it, and likely some things that you'd like improved or changed. The good news is, it's free and easy to try, so if you don't like it, there's always something else.
(For those that have trouble with hyperlinks, here you go: https://sites.google.com/site/zacksrpgstuff/)