Finally…. New Google Sites
New Google Sites released today (for those G Suite for Education users on rapid release). Gmail users, not yet. Here is a sample Google Sites I created for the #GaETC16 conference: alicekeeler.com/gaetc2016 if you want to see what the new Sites looks like.
Google Sites will now start to show up in your Google Drive.
Create a Site from Google Drive.
Get Going With New Google Sites
Making a new Google Sites is super easy.
- Name the site
Type the site name into left hand corner of the site.
- Name the “file”
The site name does not match the “File name” you would see in Google Drive. Click in the upper left to name the site as it will appear in Google Drive. As is the case with Google Forms, Slides and Docs, clicking on “Untitled Site” in the upper left will match your site name.
- Title your Site
This may be the same as your site name and your file name, but what do you want visitors to see first really big?
- Insert Stuff
The sidebar menu makes is really simple to add things your website page. Note that you CLICK on the icons in the sidebar, you do NOT drag them. My favorite trick is to NOT use the sidebar; double click on the page itself to bring up a wheel to more quickly add items to the page. This is a GOOGLE Site which means it is wicked easy to add your Google stuff. Items in your drive are a click away from embedding into the website.
- Send Feedback
As you’re adding things to new Google Sites you may have suggestions or compliments (send compliments, they like that!). In the bottom left is a feedback icon. Use it often.
- Add Pages
Add additional pages to the site with the “Pages” tab. Click the “Add page” icon and it is added to the bottom of the pages and organized in a horizontal navigation along the top of the site. Drag the pages in the “Pages” tab to reorder. You can create a subpage by dragging a page tile onto another page tile. It’s a little tricky. You can only go one level deep. Currently you can not add a subpage to a subpage.
- Add Collaborators
It’s Google… you can collaborate.
When you click the “Publish” button you will be asked to choose what the URL looks like. It does NOT default to the site title. By default, the site is restricted to the domain. This means the world can not see it. Choose “Anyone on the web” to allow people outside of your school to view the site. Edits are not automatically published. You will need to republish each time you make updates to the pages.
New Means New
Keep in mind that New Google Sites is new. This means it may not have all the features you are expecting… YET. Be patient and send feedback!