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Articles explaining how to do various tasks on Google Sites. If you can't find what you need use the search on the top right or request one-shot support.

Google Sites - FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Please check the Google Sites FAQ first, then my how-tos below.

Further Help

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New Google Sites - Vertical Grouping

posted 3 May 2017, 07:56 by Stephen Hind   [ updated 3 May 2017, 08:07 ]

New Google Sites - Vertical Grouping

Vertically group text, images and other items in new Google Sites.

Page Headers - Capabilities

  • Move the tile you want to the top or bottom of the tile you wish to group with
  • You can group anything, e.g. text title with Google Drive folder

Page Headers - Limitations

  • All tiles will resize to the same width
    • You may need to add padding to your images

New Google Sites - Page Headers

posted 2 Dec 2016, 06:55 by Stephen Hind   [ updated 2 Dec 2016, 07:32 ]

New Google Sites - Page Headers

See what you can achieve with the Page Headers in New Google Sites

Page Headers - Capabilities

  • 3 Header types (Large banner, Banner [default], Title only)
  • New pages follows previous page header type and background image
  • Custom background image and adjust for readability
  • Multi-line text with differing formats
  • Images (and hacked alignment)

Page Headers - Limitations

  • Only 3 header types
  • Title only header always has a white background
  • Titles in header are very large with large white space
  • New pages only take header type and background image 
  • No vertical grouping or alignment (always aligns to top)

New Google Sites - Add to Google Search Console

posted 22 Sep 2016, 08:07 by Stephen Hind   [ updated 17 Nov 2016, 02:23 by Stephen Hind ]

New Google Sites - Add to Google Search Console

Add and verify a New Google Site to the Google Search Console (Webmaster Tools)


  1. Enable Site Analytics

    1. In Google Analytics create New Property
    2. Copy Tracking Code
    3. Add Tracking Code and enable Site Analytics
  2. Publish Site

    1. Use the Publish button
    2. Publish to Anyone on the web
    3. Allow my site to appear in search results
  3. Add to Google Search Console

    1. Add new property
    2. Choose Alternate methods and Google Analytics
    3. Use the Verify button
  4. Wait!

    • 24-48 hours to see traffic in Google Analytics
    • 1-2 Months to see search data in Google Search Console
    • Data in Google Search Console can be old

New Google Sites - Text Tiles in Columns

posted 11 Aug 2016, 13:20 by Stephen Hind   [ updated 25 Feb 2017, 05:59 by Stephen Hind ]

New Google Sites - Text Tiles in Columns

Align text tiles into columns and use the guides to centre them


  • Simply add the text tiles from the double-click disc or the right panel
  • By default the text till will take the full-width of the section, if empty, and if not empty will be as wide as whatever is left in the section
  • Use the grab handles (dots) on the outline of the text tile to resize and when resizing you can see the grey guide lines of the 12 columns which the width will snap to. If you want the tile to take half the width of the page then drag to 6 of the gud columns
  • To centre a tile in a section drag one of the sides to number of columns you want to have it away from the edge of the section, then drag the other side of the tile and when you get to the same number of columns the blue spacing guides will appear to show you've dragged the same distance.

New Google Sites - Text Tiles in Columns

New Google Sites - Themes

posted 21 Jul 2016, 02:51 by Stephen Hind   [ updated 17 Nov 2016, 02:21 ]

New Google Sites - Themes

See what you can achieve with the Themes in New Google Sites

Themes - Capabilities

  • 6 overall Themes (Simple, Aristotle, Diplomat, Vision, Level, Impression)
  • 5 different accent Colours per theme
  • 3 different Font Styles per theme

Themes - Limitations

  • Only 6 themes
  • Limited customisation
    • No custom accent colour
    • No custom fonts

New Google Sites - Publishing

posted 4 Jul 2016, 08:37 by Stephen Hind   [ updated 5 Feb 2018, 10:16 by Stephen Hind ]

New Google Sites - Publishing

Publish your site to just your organisation or the whole web

Publishing - Capabilities

  • Publish to specific audience (a private site, intranet or extranet)
  • Publish to domain
  • Publish to anyone on the web
  • Change published URL
  • Allow site to appear in search results
  • Copy link to published site
  • Work on site does not affect published version
  • Unpublish your site at any time

Publishing - Limitations

  • Respects Google Apps Drive Publish permission
  • Cannot publish individual pages

New Google Sites - Responsive Design

posted 4 Jul 2016, 08:11 by Stephen Hind   [ updated 17 Nov 2016, 02:16 by Stephen Hind ]

New Google Sites - Responsive Design

How to get the best out of Google Sites' Responsive Design tools

Responsive Design - Capabilities

  • Intelligent image resizing
  • Dynamic font size
  • Content linearization
  • YouTube Video and Google Slides Aspect Ratio retained
  • Full screen view for YouTube videos and Google Slides

Responsive Design - Considerations

  • Editor is narrow
  • Background image zooming
  • Preview content linearization
  • Experiment and compromise
  • Built-in Preview has a wide desktop minimum width (1327px)
  • Try /preview URL and Chrome’s console device toolbar

New Google Sites - Pages and Navigation

posted 27 Jun 2016, 07:50 by Stephen Hind   [ updated 17 Nov 2016, 02:15 ]

New Google Sites - Pages

Add pages, sub-pages and use side or top navigation

Pages - Capabilities

  • Create multiple pages
  • Automatic navigation
  • Manual page ordering
  • Two levels of navigation
  • Top or side navigation
  • Different looks for each page

Pages - Limitations

  • No non-navigable pages
  • No links in navigation
  • Only 2 levels of pages/navigation
  • Cannot recover deleted pages only undo immediate deletions

New Google Sites - Send Feedback

posted 22 Jun 2016, 16:40 by Stephen Hind   [ updated 17 Nov 2016, 02:14 ]

New Google Sites - Send Feedback

Google prioritises new Sites features and bug fixes based on user feedback: have your say!


  1. Use the three-dot menu towards the top right

  2. Choose Send feedback

  3. Enter your description of the feedback

  4. If you wish to send a screenshot highlight the important focal points and blackout any personal information (or you can choose to not send a screenshot).

  5. Use the Send button

Send Feedback - Google Sites

New Google Sites - Images

posted 21 Jun 2016, 10:21 by Stephen Hind   [ updated 17 Nov 2016, 02:13 ]

New Google Sites - Images

Upload, paste, resize, crop and zoom images in Google Sites

Images - Capabilities

  • Upload or paste multiple images in one action
  • Resize with and without aspect ratio
  • Cropping and zooming
  • Link to other pages or web addresses (URLs)
  • Intelligent resizing for mobile responsive views (even when cropped)
  • Add alternative text

Images - Limitations

  • No vertical snapping only horizontal
  • No vertical grouping
  • No vertical alignment
  • Cannot select multiple images
  • Cannot insert images in text area only in a section

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