Getting Started Creating Web Pages with Google Sites

Are you looking for a simple and free solution for creating a Web presence? Look no further than Google Sites! Google Sites is a free online tool that makes it easy for anyone to create and publish useful, attractive web pages in minutes without having to learn HTML or use complex software. This hands-on session will introduce Google Sites and guide participants through the steps of creating their own personalized Web site.

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Session Objectives

  • View examples of sites created with Google Sites
  • Compare Google Sites to other Web 2.0 communications
  • Create a site on a Google Sites account
  • Create home page, add text, images, links, and widgets
  • Create sub-page for the site
  • Create navigation menu for the site
  • Publish a new site to share with others
  • Discuss benefits of Google Sites, including educational uses.




    • Ease of use
    • WYSIWYG editor
    • Affordability
    • Accessibility / standards-based
    • Printable
    • Many design templates available

      Steps to Getting Started

      1. Sign-up for a free Google account
      2. Login at
      3. Create site URL (e.g.
      4. Create site home page
      5. Decide on layout and navigation scheme
      6. Make sub page(s)
      7. Publish site

      More Help with Google Sites


      • Keep usability in mind
      • Simple is often better : Jakob Nielsen's Website
      • Consider content before design
      • Keep navigation consistent
      • Keep page URLs as short as possible


      • Website for class, accessible online without restrictions
      • Class project or presentation
      • Personal or professional site
      • e-Portfolio
      Last Updated: 5/19/2009

      Cite this session/handout as:
      Rhode, J. F. (2009, May 19). Getting started creating web pages with Google Sites. Presented at Faculty Summer Institute on Teaching Technologies, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.