Google is to take on Yahoo's Geocities web host offering with the announcement that it has launched a page creation tool that allows account holders to build pages and store them online at Google.

The company, which launched the beta service on Thursday night, suggests that no technical knowledge is required and you don't even have to learn HTML or complex software to have a page up online.

The online software allows you to create pages in your browser in WYSIWYG mode seeing exactly how your finished product will look every step along the way before you publish it.

Google is even offering to host the pages for you at http://username.googlepages.com with 100Mb of webspace to get you started.

The service is restricted to Gmail account members only at the moment, and is already limiting sign up due to what it says is “High Demand” for the service.

For more information visit

pages.google.com