Like many people I mainly think of google as a search engine.
However there are many other useful applications that you can use for your blog. These are as follows:
Ok we are all aware that gmail exists but there are some good reasons to have a gmail account the main 2 being as follows:
A If you have a blog or web site you must have a gmail account.
Even if you have done all the SEO on your site you are unlikely to be recognised by google until your site is verified. This is not very complicated, you use google Webmaster tools to generate a verification code for your site, then all you need to do is put this verification code onto your web site, and you can then use the google Webmaster tools to analyse your traffic.
There are a number of plug ins that make it very easy to put the verification code onto your blog.
You can use your gmail account to do the bing verification.
B If you have more than one email address, which many of us do, gmail makes things very easy. Let’s imagine that you have gmail account 1,gmail account 2 and a hotmail account.
Firstly you can receive all 3 emails into 1 gmail account so you only have to log into 1 account, rather than 3 accounts.
In addition you can reply to all 3 email account from the 1 gmail account.
For example, you may log into gmail account 1 and find you have a hotmail message. From the gmail account you can reply to the hotmail message, but the recipient will see that the message has come from hotmail.
That is a very useful feature.
If you want to back up your data and/or have more than 1 computer this is very useful.
I’m sure we have all experienced a computer malfunction and have found that we haven’t backed up the data.
It is possible to back up to 5 Gb of data free of charge with google drive.
Personally I have a desktop where I store most of my data and a laptop, which I use in various locations.
The beauty of google drive is that it is possible to access that data wherever you are. If you make change it is possible to synchronise the data.
This is a very good application.
This will enable you to create documents with images, tables, equations, drawings and links. If you don’t want to go to the expense of having a product like MS Word, this is a very good alternative.
This really is a very good product for creating spreadsheets.
If you have used MS Excel, you will find it is very similar.
Here you can create slides with the editor, which supports such things as embedded videos and animations.
Google does have other applications (including YouTube) but these are the ones that I use most.
In summary the main advantages are:
1 The products are free to use- a very important point when comparing the costs of other spreadsheets and word processing applications.
2 The applications can be accessed from any remote location
There is no need to back up data or carry a USB stick to use data on different computers.
3 Almost unlimited storage space
Although there is a limit on storage space, this can be overcome by having several google accounts.