Google Sites alternatives

Google Sites
Google Sites is a structured wiki- and web page- creation tool offered by Google as part of the Google Apps Productivity suite.
Google Sites alternatives are:
Confluence, Wordpress, SharePoint, Google Apps, Wix, Google Drive, Basecamp
Here are the latest news about Google Sites:

23.11.16 Totally rebuilt Google Sites features adaptive design and real-time collaboration



Google unveiled totally rebuilt version of its website builder for creating intranet - Google Sites. It's now deeply integrated with the rest of Google’s tools. You can easily insert documents from Google Docs, Slides, Sheets and the rest of the G Suite tools. It also directly integrates with Google Analytics. The new sites now also allows multiple users to collaboratively edit a site (using the same tech the company also uses in Google Docs). Admins can choose whether users are able to publish to the web or only able to make their pages available to users on their own domain. With this update, any pages you create in Sites will also automatically scale according to the screen size you are using — and its preview mode makes it easy to see what a site will look like on a phone, tablet and desktop. In order to make those sites look halfway professional, Google added six new themes to get you started.



2011 Google wants to mobilize business sites


For those businesses that still don't realize that the great majority of their customers coming (or would like to come) to their site via smartphones, Google launched the new initiative GoMo. This service allows you to see how your site looking in the mobile browser and find an appropriate service for building mobile site version (Google Sites is also in the list). Who should think about the mobile site version? First of all, it's online stores. Because browsing stores on a smartphone - is the most popular activity among those sitting in a toilet. Second, that are local businesses: cafes, restaurants, hotels, shops, medical services, hair salons, car repair ... - all the things that city visitor or local inhabitant may need.

In addition to mobile site, local businesses should also care about presence on online maps (such as Google Places) and GPS-enabled local-services (such as Foursquare, Google Offers). And of course, do not forget about mobile Adwords advertising, which will attract people searching something related to your business on a smartphone.



2010 Google enabled instant switching between accounts

GMail accounts
As you know, Google services are popular both for business and for personal use. That is why, many users often have a need to switch from working to personal account (for example, to check mail). This required multiple logout/login procedures. But now this process will be much more easier - Google is rolling out multi-account sign-in that allows to switch between accounts using the top menu. You can activate this feature and add accounts on this page. However, switching between accounts will work not for all services - only for GMail, Google Calendar, Google Reader, Google Sites, Google Voice, App Engine and Google Code. In addition, those who activate multi-account sign-in - would have to to give up the offline features in Gmail and Calendar. Recall that soon another related problem will be solved soon - some personal services (Google Reader, Blogger, Youtube ...) will become available in Google Apps accounts.



2010 3 tools for project management in Google Apps

Google Sites
As you know, Google Apps has no specialized project management solution, and this is very disappointing, as there are many other useful utilities for online workgroups there. However, there are three tools that can be used to solve this problem. And the first of them is Google Sites. You can use Google Sites to manage one large project, or create a site for each small project in it (there are even some templates for project sites). Since Google Sites is, in fact, a wiki, you can easily work with the project documentation there. In addition, Google Sites allows you to embed group calendar (Google Calendar), task list (Google Tasks) and documents from Google Docs. All these elements are very useful for project management, but of course, task collaboration in this solution - is the weakness.

Zoho Projects

Zoho Projects
Zoho is positioning its online suite as an organic addition to Google Apps. To work with Zoho apps you can use your GMail or Google Apps account. Recently Zoho also implemented the opportunity to download documents from Google Docs to Zoho Projects, synchronize the calendar in Zoho Projects with Google Calendar and embed the Zoho Projects gadget with a list of recent project activities and your task list to GMail, Google Sites or iGoogle. And the own Zoho Projects functionality includes excellent tools for project planning, collaboration, communications and result monitoring. One project in Zoho Projects can be managed for free.

Manymoon

Manymoon
It's hard to imagine that there is something better for project management in Google Apps, what Zoho Projects, but it's true. First, the free version of Manymoon has no restrictions on the number of projects and users. You only need to pay extra if need more than 1GB of storage. Manymoon also provides single sign-on with Google Apps accounts and integrates with Google Docs and Google Calendar. It also supports the ability to embed Google Gadgets. The service provides the nice interface, and its functionality is almost comparable with Zoho Projects. It also features the high level of security and integration with Email and social networks.



2009 Google Sites takes on Sharepoint (Seriously)

Google Sites
As was promised by Data Liberation Front, Google opens access to the data stored inside its intranet-service Google Sites. It's implemented in a form of Google Sites API. So, from now, users shouldn't worry that they can't backup or import their data in a suitable format. But "data liberation" is not the main reason why Google Sites API was created. It's rather a necessary move to survive. Because Google is developing all these business tools not to make money, but to compete with Microsoft and to draw its attention from the search/advertising market. And if Google Sites doesn't rival its antipode - Sharepoint, it has a chance to be dismissed.

Meanwhile, nobody seriously thought about Google Sites, as of Sharepoint alternative. And to a large extent, because it was a separate closed service that can't communicate with other business applications and data sources. The companies that considered to implement Google Sites as an intranet solution even had no opportunity to import their existing content. Besides a business-ready intranet system should be able to display data from different business apps, so that users could access them over the Internet. Everything that Google Sites could help in this respect - was the limited number Google Gadgets that can be embedded into site pages.

That's why Google Sites API appeared. It allows to automate all the manual operations - add and edit pages, upload and download files, import/export content, log all actions in the system (including the revision history). And most important - it allows to create custom gadgets and automate publishing data from the external sources. For example, a company can update "leads list" page from the CRM software, so that salespersons, working on the road could access it over the Internet.

It's interesting that the first tool, using Google Apps API is Sharepoint export utility, allowing to move data from Sharepoint to Google Sites.