One thing that has been really good about using Google Sites is the search feature. Initially I didn’t use it very much but as the amount of material I have been entering has grown it has become increasingly handy. The search feature has made up for the lack of a entry tree widgit. Once you’ve entered something it is easier to just search and jump to it.
I am not going to deny that the basic Wiki functionality is all there but there are a few things that I would like to see. Now I know it is a free service but I would actually be prepared to pay for some of this on a WordPress model (i.e. buy what you want when you need it).
- Categories or page tagging
- The ability to send a page to Google Docs or alternatively the ability to export to external formats as you can for a Google Document.
- The comments section should collapse if there are no comments; ditto the attachments. If something does not apply to my page then I just need a simple text link to add it.
- Most of all, proper HTML markup rather than a massive paragraph consisting of my whole page, with a BR tag… if I’m lucky. If I want to reuse my content then I cannot export it and its not even decent HTML. Blogger is no better but crazily Google Pages does the right thing!
As with Blogger I think Google is having some major integration issues with all the companies it has bought up. If one of the applications or systems has a cool feature then I think it is natural to assume that it will be available in all Google branded applications.