You’ve seen all the excitement about yesterday’s launch of Google+ Pages and can’t wait to make one or two or ten yourself, but you’re not sure where to begin. No problem, we’re here to help!
The first thing you’re going to want to do is head over to https://plus.google.com/u/0/pages/create, which should be conveniently linked on your Google+ profile. It’s on the right hand side, under the Hangouts link. You WILL need a Google+ profile to create a Page.
Once you click that link, you’ll find yourself looking at a screen much like the one above. I’ve already filled out some information up there; I deleted my first Page and recreated it for the express purpose of writing this how-to. (You can see the final result at Scribblings From the Mist on Google+!)
Go ahead and fill in the basics; the name and, if you’re creating a page for a website, the address.
- Local Business or Place
- Product or Brand
- Company, Institution or Organization
- Arts, Entertainment or Sports
Scribblings From the Mist is my creative writing site, a blog where I post in-progress fiction I’m working on, and so I chose Arts, Entertainment or Sports. Your results may vary a little if you choose a different option, but should be fundamentally similar.
Once you’ve chosen a broad category, a specific category dropdown will populate with more options. From that dropdown, I chose Website. I could have gone with Blog, or even Book, since I’m taking part in NaNoWriMo this year, but Website seemed to work well enough for my purposes.
The list of specific categories is long, so take the time to look the options over and select the one that fits your page the best.
If your page will deal with mature content of any kind, make sure to specify it as such. Pages default to Any Google+ user but you can bet Google will follow up on flags of inappropriate content if they get any.
Now there are just a few more basics left; a tagline for your page, and a profile photo. The tagline is the 10 words that best describe the page.
The profile photo can be a photo, or if you’re creating a page for a brand, business or organization, possibly a logo. Notice on the photo selection screen above that you are given the option of using the Google+ Photo creative kit.
That’s pretty much it for the basics; you now have the chance to announce your Page to the world! Or at least to Google+. The message you send out here will come from your own profile, not from the Page you just created.
Next you’re brought to the new Page’s profile. Take note of the little popup notification in the upper left. Under the Page’s name is an alert pointing out a menu that has appeared there. It lets you switch back to your regular Google+ Profile. The same menu will be on your profile, listing all the pages you’ve created with that account and letting you access them.
One thing to keep in mind is that your profile is now the administrator for the new Page. As of this writing, there is no way to add more administrators, nor can administration duties be moved to a different profile. Plan accordingly!
And there it is, your final result. From here it’s much like working with a regular Google+ profile. You can post messages, enter a description, add photos and videos, etc. There are some differences though; Google+ Pages:
- Cannot add people to circles until that person had added the Page or +mentioned it.
- Cannot +1 items on Google+ or on the web.
- Default to Public privacy settings.
- Don’t recieve notifications.