Knowledge is good only if it is shared. As a new blogger, I had learned to change the Web template, and found out the tips, tricks, hacks, and tweaks of altering the Blogger template, customizing CSS, widgets, layout, blog design, inserting JavaScripts, HTML codes, Google AdSense, and other settings the hard way, through many trials and errors. For the purposes of this guide, I had started with the old Blogger “Minima” template. As I made the changes or learned something new, I had documented them. Before changing any template, please remember to save a copy of the current template. After editing the template, preview it, and save it when you are satisfied with the change. Hope this guide will help those who are finding the way around, just like me.

Search Tips for New Bloggers

We have extended our month-long vacation by a couple of days. We shall be posting articles the moment we return. We noticed that Google had updated the Page Ranks. New bloggers who have been waiting anxiously for this can check their blogs' Page Ranks. We have the PR checker link in our SEO Tools - Search Engine Optimization article.

The blog we created recently in Aug 2007, Blogger FAQ and Help, has also got its first Page Rank, a PR4. All our blogs are now ranked:-

Tips for New Bloggers - PR6
Business Fables and Management Lessons - PR4
Famous Motivational and Inspirational Quotes - PR4
Blogger FAQ and Help - PR4

Thanks to everyone for the support!

Feb 24, 2007

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Using Google Page Creator and Google Groups

If you are looking to have a Favicon (icon next to your URL) or music on your blog, you will need to upload the files onto a web host. Most bloggers do not register and pay for a .com site. Fortunately for us, there are many sites offering free hosting of your files, documents, photos, and so on. I shall cover 2 very useful free web hosts which you can consider using – Google Page Creator and Google Groups.

Google Page Creator

You can use your Gmail account to access the available services offered by Google. Google Page Creator is an easy-to-use free tool that lets you create web pages in your browser and publish them to the web with just one click. It works on a what-you-see-is-what-you-get format. Everything is done on the screen and you do not need to download any software. Pretty much like a simpler version of Pagemaker or other web design tools. The pages you create are hosted on Google servers and your own page will be at

Once you are in it, you will be able to create your webpage – change layout, background color, heading and content font, upload images, and publish.

Using Google Page Creator and Google Groups

For our purposes, we would like to focus on uploading of files. Return to the Site Manager. On the right of the screen, you should see this:-

Using Google Page Creator and Google Groups

Click the “upload” link, and you will be able to browse your computer for the file that you want to upload.

Using Google Page Creator and Google Groups

Once you have uploaded the file, take note of the URL of your file. You may upload as many files as you want, provided that the space for your pages and uploaded files does not exceed 100MB.

Google Groups

Google Groups is a great communication platform for users to get in touch with friends, or people who share similar interests over the internet.

Using Google Page Creator and Google Groups

As you can see, creating a Google group is easy. Click the “Create a group” button. You will be brought to a screen which requires to enter your Group's name, and description.

Using Google Page Creator and Google Groups

If you have no intention to invite any member at this stage, click “Skip this step”.

Using Google Page Creator and Google Groups

You have now created a new Google Group. If you should wish to upload files, click the “Files” link on the right panel, and you can begin uploading. If you are using the files for your blog, see that the Group Settings->Access is configured such that anybody can view the group content.

Using Google Page Creator and Google Groups

Every group comes with 100 MB of storage space for all of the group's photos, documents, and files. Take note of the URLs of your uploaded files, if you intend to use the icon for your Favicon, or the music file for your blog.

Other Free Image Hosts and File Hosts

We have also a rather comprehensive list of free Image Hosts and File Hosting Services in our article on Manage Blogger Image Storage Space. Check out those sites as well and choose one that is fast, reliable and enables hotlinking to the uploaded files.

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Ravi Karandeekar said...

Hello Bizwhiz! Nice to meet you man!! Why i couldn't find you before? Today, when i was searching for Google pages, i found you. Am i not doing something right or what? It would have been a great help if you had met me when i just started my blog, Ravi Karandeekar's Pune Real Estate Blog on the new blogger.

Anonymous said...

Hi Bizwhiz ! You are Great. Simply Great. Your idea of sharing knowledge and then really sharing it for new bloggers is appreciable.
As I was (Yes Was) unaware of HTML and XML techniques, I could not decorate my blogs. But Your tips has taught me many things and I have started implementing them in my blog "Quotes Collection" at
Thanks to You.

Diana said...

I set up a website through Google Page Creator and Google Apps after reading about the option in this post. Just wanted to follow up and tell you that I've had good luck. I do wish there were more customization options, but Google made it very easy for me to easily get a site up and running that is also attractive and professional looking. My site is

So thanks for sharing this information. I've read a lot of helpful information here. said...

I just found out how to make music files from audio tapes and knew that you would have the steps to adding music to our blog! Thank you!!! I found you through BLOG VILLAGE!!!

Maldino said...

thanks man for sharing this useful information ..

my regards

Stuart said...

Hey Bizwhiz!

Great Information for staring a blog. I really like the detailed descriptions and step by step instructions.

I'm using a blogger account: to post some investment strategies that I find useful.

Your information has really helped me get this form going.



Kamau Harrison-CEO-Promax Builders said...

Hi Bizwhiz,
Let me first commend you for the good work you do for us, you are really a great help to most of us.
I tried adding a favicon on my url using google page creator but couldn,t succeed. I followed what you said to the letter.The favicon url i got from google was ending in .zip , while yours ends in .ico.
when i tested the icon on my brouwser on the favicon page, it showed okay, but when i pasted it it didn,t show, my photo was 5k.Pls help.

bizwhiz said...

Hi Kamau Harrison

Is your Google group file viewable by the public? If it is a private group, you may want to create a public group where the image file that you upload can be viewed by anybody.

Kemi said...

All this is very interesting. I actually came to this page to look for a way to convert my googlegroups into a blog, or create a blog within the group without having to send new invitations out to everyone. Is it possible and how do I do it?


Jesus Girl said...

this absolutely will not work for me. I cannot get the icon to change to the one I want, or any other.

Arakhman Roland H said...

Thank for your tips,

I like to make an faveicon on my blog with google page creator,but just now i try to sign up on it and its can't.its says :

"Google Page Creator is no longer accepting new sign-ups.

If you would still like to create your own free website, please use Google Sites."

So im using google sites now.And im waitin for ur google sites tutorial.

Thank You

David said...

bizwhiz - hi - can you help?

I attached several mp3's and m4a's to a google site webpage (to host them) so I could play songs on my blog. I used the code:

embed autostart...etc

your sample worked on my blog (the one with belle adeline)

...but when I place the URL for my mp3 in the code above it doesnt work! any trouble shooting ideas?