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Google Gives and Google Taketh Away

Tue, 1st September 2015, 17:29

Like with an Octopus with an unnatural amount of curiosity, Google continually stretches its long tentacles into every conceivable avenue of enterprising venture. While many projects do logically support Google’s core revenue sources, other have dubious worth and could be likened to a bored and spoiled little rich kid looking for something to do. The entertainment derived does little to hold attention for long and they soon seek out a more new, shiner version of the toy cast aside. Considering the array of servers employed by the search and advertising giant in data centers located around the world, Google would logically dabble in various aspects of web hosting.

One of the lesser-known features of Google Drive has always been its ability to host basic web sites for free. Google also offers Google Sites as part of its Google Apps for Work package and Google Cloud. But Google has one other thing. A reputation for terminating projects it grows bored with.

Google has announced that it will deprecate the web hosting service starting today and will turn it off completely on August 31, 2016. The company says that in the time since it launched this feature three years ago, “a wide variety of public web content hosting services have emerged,” so it has decided to discontinue the feature in order to focus on the core user experience in Drive.

That’s been Google canned response lately to a number of announcements. While the service will continue for a while yet, those in need of a new web host can check out some of the great webhosts reviewed on Hostjury.. you might even find a number of companies that actually focus on web hosting!

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