Monday, October 28, 2013

Five Myths about Google Sites

Five Myths about Google Sites
Google Sites, a member of the Google Apps family, is a strong tool for creating wikis and web pages. Offered through the Google Apps Productivity suite, it allows individuals to create a collaborative website where numerous users can share files. Sadly, not many people know about Google Sites despite the potential benefits it has to offer. This is because of a number of myths that plague users’ minds and prevent them from availing this service.

If you have heard a few bad things about Google Sites, check them against the following top myths about this service and discover the truth.

Myth #1) Google Sites isn’t Free

People have gotten used to finding a catch in everything, which is why it’s easier to suspect that such a valuable service comes with a price. However, Google Sites is free. Regardless of the number of websites you create, rest assured that you don’t have to pay a dime, not even for upkeeping or web hosting.

Myth #2) Google Sites Doesn’t Offer Much Storage

Sites created via a personal Gmail have a storage quota of 100 MB per site.  Now this may seem less for many. However, considering the fact that embedded Google Documents, YouTube videos or other Google services don’t count against your storage quota, you’ll be getting a good deal. If you still want more, you can go for a site through Google Apps to get 10 GB per domain. If that isn’t enough, you have the Google Apps for Business option, which provides you with 10 GB plus 500 MB per paid user.

Myth #3) Google Sites Can’t Produce a Company Website

Just a peek into Google Sites’ landing page will disprove this myth. For starters, you will see that the service offers company intranet and project work site templates. Another factor which disproves this “fact” is the availability of Google Site’s services company-wide through Google Apps Premier Edition. With this plan, you will get:
  • 10 GB of storage and 500 MB for each user account
  • Sharing settings for managing Google Sites
  • Easy publishing features
  • Integration of Gmail with 25 GB e-mail storage per account
  • Addition of Google Calendar, Google Docs and Google Talk for easy collaboration
With so much to offer, how can Google Sites not be suitable for company websites?

Myth #4) Google Sites Has Limited Functionality

Because Google Sites doesn’t support CSS or JavaScript, many conclude that the service is limited. However, Google has always prided itself on having a unique architecture. Therefore, rather than supporting these conventional tools, it uses XML, RSS, JQuery, custom gadgets and 60 of its services including Google Apps Scripts, YouTube and Google Maps. That way your website can be highly interactive.

If you’re still feeling down about not being able to use JavaScript, there is a way out using Google Gadgets. Gadgets are applications written in XML, HTML and JavaScript. Developers create these using the Google Gadgets API. However, you’re welcome to use prebuilt gadgets from the Gadget Gallery. Some applications you may like are those displaying RSS feeds or the local weather. You can even customize the gadgets through the WYSIWYG editor without ever interacting with the code.

Myth #5) Google Sites Have a Bad Design

Web pages made with Google Sites usually look attractive since you get to choose from dozens of design themes, which include images, backgrounds and text styles. You can also go to the Template Gallery to pick a template for your whole site’s layout and structure. However, if these don’t produce the results you want, you can always get in touch with a Google Sites web designing company like BNH Services.
BNH Services offers you the chance to improve your communication and enhance your visibility virtually. Through its Google Sites Design service, you can get two drafts and three web page designs, Google Apps setup, and Google Search Engine submission.

To give you a peak at what you can get by hiring a specialist Google Sites developer such as
BNH Services, here are some examples.

So if these myths have stopped you from choosing Google Sites in the past, don’t let them do so in the future.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Create a movie for Google Street View

People who have been in search of services that enables them to create a movie from ‘Google Street ViewTM’ with just one click do not have to wait any longer because the service is now available to one and all.

Anyone who has ever used Google Maps loves it and one of the biggest factor that contributes to its popularity is the ‘street view’ feature which is available to all Google Map users. With the street view feature of maps, you will be able to see the actual view of streets and places that you would like to go to.

However, one big problem with this was that people were not properly able to take the images from the Street View and implement them in a time lapse movie which could help them overview their entire trip or journey.

‘Street View MovieTM’ is one of its kind and is the very first worldwide web services that gives you the chance to create a virtual tour and save it as a movie with only a few clicks here and there.


The service is easy and simple to navigate through and the users will only need to enter the addresses of the departure and arrival locations and click ‘Route’ to plan the virtual route. Once this is done, the service will allow you to click and play the entire time-lapse movie where you will be able to view everything without difficulty. After you have played the virtual movie, you can save it as a movie file which can be played again whenever you may need it.

If you are not yet convinced with the things that the Street View Movie service can provide you with, then let me tell you a little bit about the practical uses of where you can use this amazing software.

  • Road Trip Planner: As a road trip planner, the services will assist you in creating a movie of a place where you have either been before or not. This means that if you are travelling to a location which you have never seen before, this service will make it easier for you to get through the area.
  • Navigation Advisor: This service is also a great navigation advisor or companion as you will be able to envision your location before you even start up your car.
  • Directions Guide to your Place: A common problem that a lot of us face is that of giving directions to our house or office guests. The Street View Movie will be able to help you out here as well because it will show the movie to your guests so that they aren’t confused about the location.

Here’s what Harry Jung, creator of Street View Movie said about the service “This is your ultimate virtual tour guide. You can make the most of Google Street View. Just click and play to drive anyplace you want and you don’t need to download anything from your browser”.

Using the service is as easy as pie as the user will only need to click on the play button and the software will begin to show you the images per second so it everything will be done in a proper flow. Once you have created your movie, you can save it on your computer or mobile and keep it for use at a later time.

Because the Street View Movie follows the Google Street View Terms of Services (TOS) we assure you that we never store the images of your locations on our servers.

If you would like to learn more about the StreetView Movie service, all you will need to do is to go to and test the service which you can sign up to for free.