Why should we consider Google Apps?
1. Click Sign In
2. Click "Create an account now"
3. Enter the email address you will use and your initial password. Click "I accept, Create my account"
Note: Alternatively sign up for a Google mail account - www.Gmail.com
I prefer Google Groups over Yahoo Groups for a number of reasons...
Adverts - More tasteful, less in your face advertising. Often below the fold in the right column (similar to Google.com adverts).
Easy access via GMail or Google.com menu.
Wiki pages - Each Discussion Group also has Pages. So its like a simple Wiki + Discussions combined.
Pages access can be set - Public / Members / Managers only.
Other Features - Similar or better than other forums:
You can specify questions for new members to answer when applying for membership.
eg. You could ask them to supply Instrument receipt number (if "legal" want tighter scrutiny).
Best to keep barriers low so we get lot's of members.
Google purchased JotSpot wiki Feb 2006 and made it available via Google App on the 28th of Feb, 2008. A few months later it was available to all as a standalone app.
Why Google Wiki?
Google Apps allows you to bring your own domain.
The various Google Apps (GMail / Site / GTalk / Documents / Web pages / Calendar) are accessed via your own domain name.
Free. However for US$50/yr per user, you get premium support.
You could have 5-50 core members ($250 - $2500) who administor the domain.
Note that each Site (wiki) you create (on the domain) can have as many invited members as you want (all free).
NOTE: Many Schools and Businesses are adding up the cost of running running IT (Staff, Hardware. Software, Bandwidth, Backup, Spam control, Server Rebuilds, Diskspace) and finding that $50/person is a reasonable cost.
Linking Sites to Sub-domains
Very easy to give each Site a sub-domain name.
EG. I created a free Google App with a domain ($10/yr) called HelpMVP.com
I then created this site and gave it a sub-domain name of "wiki".
We could just as easily have a domain called BussinessName.com and add sites to that.
Most noticeable missing features:
Jot Notes >