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Creating new site

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  1. Click on the red "CREATE" button.
  2. Pick a template
    1. If you'd like to use a premade site template, click on the button that says, "Browse the gallery for more". 
      • Please note: depending on the template you select, some options that you see here, may appear differently. 
      • Also note that you will not have an option to choose a site template after the site is created. 
    2. Choose a category on the left and then click on the desired template on the right. 
      • To preview your selection, click on the preview link. 
    3. Click on Select button (bottom left) to apply the template.
  3. Give site a name by typing into the text box.
  4. Under the "Site Location" you can customize the URL by editing the end of the web address.  
  5. Select Theme by clicking on the button that says "Select Theme."
    1. Choose from the provided options by selecting the desired theme. 
  6. Click on the "More Options" button to show additional options. You can add site categories and descriptions which are useful in searching for a site. 
  7. Click on red CREATE button at the top left of the page to build your website. 

Sharing and Permission Settings

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By Default people at FAU can find and EDIT your page. You will want to change this before you get started. 
  1. Click on the Share button on the top right. 
  2. Under "Who has access" look at the row called, "People at FAU can find and edit" click on "Change..."
  3. Next select a visibility options. We would recommend setting the site to private until you are ready for your page to be public.

  4. Click on the Save button to apply the changes. 
  5. You will be brought back to the main share page, click on the name of your site (located on the top left) to return to your webpage.

Customize Site (design)

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  1. Click on the "More" button (located on the top right). 
  2. Click on "Manage Site". 

Site Layout


  1. Click on "Site Layout" (located at the bottom left of sidebar menu)
  2. Click on "Change Site Layout".
    1. Modify your options on this page by checking the boxes or modifying the site defaults.
  3. Click on "OK" to save changes.

Logos/headers

  1. To add a logo click on the link that says, "change logo". You can use the domain default, a custom logo, or no logo at all. 
  2. To use a custom logo, select the radio button next to "Custom Logo". 
  3. Click on the "Choose File" button. 
  4. Locate and select the file from your desk top.
  5. Click on "Open" (or double click on the file). 
  6. Click on "Ok" to save changes. 

Horizontal navigation bar 

The horizontal navigation bar is not turned on by default. To turn this on, follow the steps in the "Site Layout" portion of this page. [add link]. 

Please Note: you must have pages built prior to adding them to the navigation menu. We will learn more in "customizing your navigation" [link] 

Side Bar 

Side bar items will appear on the left of your website and you include items such as: navigation menus, text (which can include links and images), and countdowns, just to name a few. These will appear on every page of the site. 
  1. To add additional side bar items, click on the "Add a sidebar item". 
  2. Choose from the provide list of elements by clicking the "Add" button.
  3. By clicking on the "Add" button you will be taken back to the "Site Layout" page where you can click the edit or delete the element. 

System Footer

  1. Click on the "customize system footer links". 
  2. You can choose to hide any of the options listed on this popup. 
  3. Click on "OK" to save. 

Save/Preview

As you make changes you will want to preview the changes often. You can then save or cancel your changes. 

These buttons are located at the top of all "Mange Site" pages. 

Colors and Fonts

Click on "Colors and Fonts" on the sidebar menu to the left (Under Manage Site)

Picking a new theme 

Includes all colors, fonts, styles
  1. To change the theme click on the "Base Theme" button. 
  2. Click on your choice. 

Customizing your page

You are able to modify individual fonts and colors for the website by clicking on the area you wish to change. Under the base theme button. 
  1. Click on the area you wish to change (example: "Content title font size)
  2. Click on "Custom"
  3. Use the button to the right to adjust font size, type, or color (Example: click on 10 pt and then select 12 pt)
  • If changing background image, you must use the "add file" button to locate your image file. 

Clearing ALL customization

To clear all customizations and revert back to the original theme, click on the "Clear all customizations" button. Located on the top menu. 

Themes

Click on "Themes" from the sidebar menu to the left (Under Manage Site). 
  1. Scroll to view the different theme options. 
  2. Select the theme of your choice (use the magnify glass to preview your site with the theme applied). 
  3. Click on Save to apply the theme. 
  • If you have previously set customizations to colors or  fonts, they will not be affected unless you click on "Revert customizations to the base theme."

Building your Webpage

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If you are not previewing your site, click on your website name on the side bar (under "Manage Site). 

At this point, you may wish to add more pages to your site. Follow the instructions below (for each new page):

Add New Page

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  1. Click on the "new page button". Located next to the edit button on the top right.  
  2. Give your page a name by entering it in the "Name your page:" text box. 
    1. Optional - change the URL for the page, by clicking on the "Change URL" page. 
  3. Select a template to use by clicking on the "template button." 
    • Web page
    • - A web page is the simplest kind of page. You have the ability to add content such as text, images, videos, and you can embed gadgets. These can be arrange however you like. The web page has standard formatting controls like bold, italic, and underline, bullets, and more. You can attach documents from your hard drive to the bottom of the page, and you can let other site collaborators comment on your pages. 
    • Announcements - Much like a blog, announcement pages display posts you make to the page in chronological order, starting with the most recent. 
    • File cabinet - File cabinet pages let you store and organize files from your computer’s hard drive, making it an easy way to share files with other users of your site. Anyone subscribed to the page will be notified when files are added, changed, or removed. 
    • List page - List pages let you make and organize lists of information. Items on the list are easy to add, edit, and remove, and viewers of the list can sort it by any column. Like the file cabinet page, subscribers are notified when items are added, changed, or removed. 
    • Start page - A start page is a page that can be customized by each of its viewers (a little bit like an iGoogle page for your site!) to show a personalized set of gadgets. Site collaborators can still add content that all viewers see, but that section remains separate from the section that can be personalized
  4. Select a location for the new page
  5. Click on Create

Changing Page Settings    

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Page settings allow you to customize individual items displayed on the page. 
  1. While on your webpage preview (not edit mode), click on "More". 
  2. Click on Page Settings
  3. Select or deselect the options available. 
  4. To change the page template, click on "Change" link next to "Currently using page template [type of current template]". 
    1. Choose the template from the drop down menu. 
    2. Click on "Change". 
    • Changing the template will automatically save your page settings and bring you back to your webpage preview. 
  5. Click "Save" if you did not change the page template. 

Customizing Navigation

You have the ability to edit the horizontal navigation bar or the sidebar navigation (depending on your site settings)
  1. Click on More
  2. Click on "Manage Site".
  3. Click on "Site Layout".
  4. Click on "Edit" for navigation bar you wish to edit (horizontal or sidebar).
  5. To Add a page to the navigation menu: 
    1. Click on "Add Page" link
    2. Select the page you wish to add from the list below.
    3. Click on "OK" to add the page. 
  6. To add a URL to the navigation menu: 
    1. Click on the "Add URL" link
    2. Type the text to display in the text box. 
    3. Copy and paste the URL or email the text box.
    4. Click on "OK" to add the page to the menu. 
  7. To modify page position:
    1. Select the page from the list of "select pages to show" 
    2. Use the arrows on the right to modify the position (up, down, indent, or out-dent. Indenting a page will put it below the page above it creating a drop down menu on the navigation bar).
  8. To delete a page from the navigation bar: 
    1. Select the page
    2. Click on the "X" located to the right of your pages. 
  9. Click on "OK" to save all changes. 

Adding Content (editing single pages)

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On each of the webpages you have the ability to change the layout of the body, and add content (such as text, images, links, maps, videos, charts, and tables etc...). 

Change Body layout

You can choose from multiple layouts to help organize and position your text and other content.
  1. Click on "Edit Page" button

  2. Click on "Layout" from the menu bar.
  3. Choose the layout form the options available. 
    • This will only affect the body of the page - or where all the content will be placed. 
  4. Click on "Save" to save all changes. 

Changing title of page

You are able to change the name of your page. In doing so, this will also change the navigation links located in your navigation bar(s). 
  1. Click on "Edit Page" button. 
  2. Click in top text box and modify the text (what you type here will be the page title). 
  3. Click on "Save" to save all changes.

Adding Text

  1. To add text click in the text box and type your text.
  2. You can use the format menu or formatting toolbar to modify the look of your text. 
    • You must select your text prior to making changes. 
    • You can also add bullets and numbered lists as well as text alignment. 
  3. Click on "Save" to save all changes. 

Insert Common items:

All of the options below can be found in the "Insert" menu located on the menu bar.

Image

  1. Click on "Image" from the "Insert" menu. 
  2.  Add an image by: 
    1. Clicking on "Chose File" to upload
    2. OR click on the "Web address (URL)" link and copy and paste the URL. 
  3. Click on "OK" to add the image. 
  4. Once the image is added you can resize, align, and adjust text wrapping by clicking on the image and choosing the options that appear in the picture toolbar (the toolbar is only visible when the image is selected).
  1. Click on "Link" from the "Insert" menu. 
  2. Choose from: 
    1. Sites Pages - choose from the list of available pages. 
    2. Web address - type in the text for the link and copy and paste the URL into the text box. 
  3. [Optional] Click the check box next to "Open this link in a new window". 
  4. Click on OK to add link to your page. 

Table of contents

The table of contents is determined by the headings that you choose for your text (these can be found in the format menu on the menu bar). The table of contents is for the individual web pages. 
  1. Click on "Table of Contents" from the "Insert" menu. 
  2. Adjust the width if necessary. 
  3. Select how many levels to display. 
  4. Click on "SAVE" to add to your webpage. 
  5. Once the Table of Contents is added you can adjust the alignment text wrapping by clicking on the Table of Contents and choosing the options that appear in the toolbar (the toolbar is only visible when the Table of Contents is selected).
    • You can modify the properties by clicking on the "gear"  (properties) button  on the toolbar. 

Google

By being a part of Google Apps for Education, you can easily embed many Google  apps directly into your webpage. You can add things such as Charts, YouTube Videos, Google calendars, Google Maps, and Google Documents, Spreadsheets, Forms, and Presentations. 

Calendar

  1. Click on "Calendar" from the "Insert" menu. 
  2. Select the calendar(s) you wish to embed from the list provided. 
  3. -OR- paste the web address to the calendar in the available text box. 
  4. Click on "Select".
  5. Modify the options and then click on "SAVE" to add to your webpage. 
  6. Once the item is added you can adjust the alignment and text wrapping by clicking on the item and choosing the options that appear in the toolbar (the toolbar is only visible when the item is selected).
    • You can modify the properties by clicking on the "gear"  (properties) button  on the toolbar. 
You must have a spreadsheet created in Google Drive that contains data for a chart. By default the chart is live - which means, as the spreadsheet is updated the chart displayed on the webpage will be updated as well. 
  1. Click on "Chart" from the "Insert" menu. 
  2. Select the spreadsheet that contains your chart data. 
  3. -OR- copy and paste the web address of the spreadsheet in the available text box. 
  4. Click on "Select"
  5. Click on the predefined chart (If you choose to build your own chart, skip to step 8). 
  6. Modify your chart display options. 
  7. Click on "SAVE". 
  8. On the Chart Editor page modify any additional options and click on "OK" and then click on "Save" to add the chart on save. 
  9. Once the item is added you can adjust the alignment and text wrapping by clicking on the item and choosing the options that appear in the toolbar (the toolbar is only visible when the item is selected).
    • You can click on the "Edit Chart" button to customize your chart. 
    • You can modify the properties by clicking on the "gear"  (properties) button  on the toolbar. 

Google Docs

Documents, Presentations, Spreadsheets, Forms, and Drawings
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  1. Choose the type of item you want to insert from the "Insert" menu. 
  2. Select from the available list. 
  3. Modify your Display options. 
  4. Click on "SAVE" to add item to you your webpage. 
  5. Once the item is added you can adjust the alignment text wrapping by clicking on the item and choosing the options that appear in the toolbar (the toolbar is only visible when the item is selected).
    • You can modify the properties by clicking on the "gear"  (properties) button  on the toolbar. 

You Tube Videos

  1. Click on Videos, then YouTube Videos from the "Insert" menu. 
  2. Copy and Paste the URL of your YouTube Video in the text box. 
  3. Choose your display options. 
  4. Click on "SAVE" to add your video to your webpage. 
  5. Once the item is added you can adjust the alignment text wrapping by clicking on the item and choosing the options that appear in the toolbar (the toolbar is only visible when the item is selected).
    • You can modify the properties by clicking on the "gear"  (properties) button  on the toolbar. 

Delete Page

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  1. If this page is on your navigation bar, you must remove the page from the navigation bar first. Please refer to "Customizing your Navigation" above. [add link]
  2. While on the website preview, click on "More". 
  3. Click on "Delete Page". 
  4. Confirm by clicking on "Delete".
    • Please note: this will remove the page and any content on the page. It will not remove items stored on Google Drive. 
    • You have the option of recovering the page for 30 days. 

Delete Site

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  1. While on the website preview, click on "More". 
  2. Click on "Manage Site".
  3. Click "General," under "Manage Site."
  4. Click "Delete Site". 
  5. Click the Delete button to confirm that you want to delete the site. 
    • You have 30 days to recover the site after your deletion. 

Restore Site

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  1. Visit sites.google.com
  2. Find the site that you would like to restore in the "Deleted Sites" area. 
  3. Click on the "Restore Site" link. 



With Google Sites, you can easily create and update your own site. Google Sites allows you display a variety of information in one place—including videos, slideshows, calendars, presentations, attachments, and text—and share it for viewing or editing with a small group, an entire organization, or the world. You always control who has access to your site.

Here's what you can do with Google Sites:

  • Customize your site.
  • Create sub-pages to keep your content organized.
  • Choose page types: webpage, announcements, file cabinet.
  • Have a central location for your web content and offline files.
  • Keep your site as private or public as you'd like.
  • Search across your Google Sites content with Google search technology.