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A short guide to the new web hosting of Google Sites

A short guide to the new web hosting of Google Sites

Google launched Google Sites in 2008 as a free web hosting solution for Google users, like WordPress.com, Blogger and other free blogging platforms. The company received criticism regarding the difficulty of working with the original sites interface. As a result, Google Sites were redesigned at the end of 2016. The sites created under the original site design are called classic Google Sites, while the sites created under the redesigned sites are marked as New Sites. Both are fully functional. Google promises to support classic Google Sites websites until at least 2018.

The redesigned user interface promises to be much easier to work with. Although you can work with the Classic site for a few more years, Google promises a migration option for switching from Classic to New. However, if you’re planning a new website with Google, it makes sense to use the redesigned New Google Sites.

How to set up a new Google Sites website

  1. While logged in to Google, switch to the New Sites homepage in the Chrome or Firefox browser.

  1. Click the button to create a new site in the lower right corner of the screen to open a basic template. The button looks like a plus sign inside a circle.

  1. Enter a page title for your website by overriding “your page title” in the template.

  1. On the right side of the screen you will see a window with options.

Click the Insert tab at the top of this window to add content to your website. Options on the Insert menu include selecting fonts, adding text boxes, and embedding URLs, YouTube videos, a calendar, a map, and content from Google Docs and other Google sites.

  1. Resize fonts or other items, move the content, crop photos, and rearrange the items you add to the page.

  1. Select the Topics tab at the top of the panel to change the page font and color scheme.

  1. Click the Pages tab to add more pages to your site.

  1. If you want to share the site with other users so they can work on it, click the Add Editors icon next to the Publish button.

  1. If you are satisfied with the look of the site, click Publish.

Name the site file

  1. At this point, your site is named Site Untitled. You have to change that. Your website is listed in Google Drive with the name entered here.

  1. Open your site.

  1. Click on the Unnamed Site in the top left corner.

  1. Enter the name of your site file.

You have just created your first new Google Sites website. You can continue working now or come back later to add more content.

Working with your site

From the panel to the right of your site, you can add, delete, and rename pages, or make a page a subgape, all on the Pages tab. You can drag pages in this tab to rearrange them, or drag one page to another to nest them. On this tab you can also set the start page.

When you edit new Google Sites, you should work from a computer, not a mobile device. This restriction may change with the due date of Google’s product.

Use Analytics with your new site

Gather basic data about using your website. If you do not have a Google Analytics tracking ID, create a Google Analytics account and search for your tracking code. Then:

  1. Go to your Google site file.

  1. Click the More icon next to the Publish button.

  1. Select Site Analytics.

  1. Enter your tracking ID.

  1. Click on “Save”.

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