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.

Session Tag

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.

    Definitions

    Examples:

    Benefits

    • 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 sites.google.com
      3. Create site URL (e.g. sites.google.com/sites/sitename)
      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

      Recommendations

      • 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

      Uses

      • 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.