As many of us know Google offer great services for all levels of users. Be it is your personal usage, home business / small business usage or enterprise use, they have one or multiple solutions for every category of users. In this article, I will be writing about the potential use of Google for your business, especially on how you can run “almost free” web infrastructure.
To have a website with your own domain name, you will have to buy one. You may choose to use one of the popular domain registrars or even Google itself. The cost of the domain name normally ranges between $8 to $15. Some domain names would be lower than this and others might be higher. I am taking the domain name ciso.in for examples in this article
Once you have the domain name, you will need to set up a website. If you have some web development background with a bit of HTML knowledge you could do it yourself, otherwise better get a developer. To setup a website, you could use either Blogger or Google Sites service offered by Google.
Blogger allows you to setup websites with the style of a blog. You may also have websites with a normal brochure style. To setup the website, you need to start a blog at Blogger.com. Map the blog to your custom domain. Customize your theme to your brand. Post your content as posts. Map the post links to your menu items and that’s it. you are good to go. The not so good side is that the links are not that beautiful and may not be very SEO based thing you might want.
The other service you should explore is Google Sites. Google Sites for naked domains is bundled with Google Apps; which can be accessed from www.google.com/a . Google sites as well offers custom URLs so that you could map your domain name to the Google Sites . The advantage of Google sites is that it is provides clean URLs as and the way you like it to be. Once your domain is mapped to Google as required, you should set up a Google Site. Once you have the Google Site, you will go to the Site Setting > General > Web Address Mapping > Map this site area. From here you can map the domain name to the site.
Google Apps offers email, which is more or less Gmail. The only problem with the Google Apps email is that it will not be offering all the Gmail services. To setup the email, you will need to make changes to your MX records so that the emails will be forwarding to Google Mail. [Read more…]