Google Page Creator is one example of the Mountain View, Calif.-based company's efforts to attract and keep more users. Google already lets people publish Web logs, or personal online journals, through its Blogger site. Yahoo!, the most visited Internet site, also offers Web-site creation and blogging through its GeoCities and Yahoo! 360 services.
Shares of Google rose $12.58 yesterday, or 3.4 percent, closing at $378.07 in Nasdaq Stock Market composite trading. They have fallen 8.9 percent this year.
Google said it will offer 100 megabytes of storage for Web pages, enough space for as many as 50 photos taken with today's digital cameras. The pages will be accessible to Google's search engine within a few hours of being posted, Google said.