Posted by jonathan at 12:15pm EST on 10/27/2008
I found this to be quiet interesting. Why does http://www.google.com/hosted/life/ redirect to http://www.google.com/a/cpanel/life/?
I first noticed the /hosted/life/ string in the Google.com robots.txt file, which is always a fun file to look over. So the /hosted/life/ redirects to /a/cpanel/life/, but the /a/ normally means hosted apps. Does this mean that Google is going to be integrating with cPanel® and its Google Apps together to create a more complete web hosting solution?
Google Sites is just one service offered as part of the Google Apps suite, but it’s not very flexible or robust right now.
Integrating cPanel® into the Google Sites service would be a huge added value for users as it would give users a lot more flexibility for software being allowed to be hosted.
Being able to run WordPress on Google Sites would be incredible.
This would open up an entire new can of worms for hosting and create a huge competitor for web hosting providers.