Google sites is a free web hosting and site creation service that started in late 2008 and provides anyone the ability to create all kinds of different websites without any HTML or web programming background whatsoever.
You can create team project sites, company intranets, picture gallery sites and file (music,photos,video,etc) sharing sites with little effort at all.
Plus its one of the only free web hosting services out there that I’ve seen that gives you a huge storage space (~10GB).
So, after logging in with my Gmail email account I was able to create a brand new website in under 5 minutes. If you want to add a new page to the site (and you will if you want something other than a homepage) you just click “Add page” link, give it a name and tell it where it will be placed (top level with your homepage or underneath as a sub link) and your done.
You can customize what kind of content you want on that page (calendars, word, excel documents, a blog, file browser, photo gallery, video player, the list goes on. You can upload a company or site logo to be used on the site as well as customize what the site looks like.
Also, you can create a very user content driven website with Google Sites if you like. People can visit your site and add their own content, make comments on other people’s additions and even Google talk integration for chat and IM functionality!
If you’ve an individual, family or business who ever thought of starting their own website but don’t know how to get started, Google sites would be the best place to start. For more information visit the Google sites homepage or take a look at the service’s blog.