New Release - July 2009

posted Jun 26, 2009, 7:20 AM by Brian Johnson   [ updated Jul 7, 2009, 7:34 PM ]

Google has released an update to their popular Google Sites service.  This release includes a few major enhancements, as well as a few notable bug fixes.


  • New Themes - 25 new themes have been added as part of this release.
  • Page Layouts - There are 7 new page layouts, including three-column and page-specific sidebar options.  These new layouts can be accessed for individual pages by selecting Layout while in Edit mode.
  • Auto-Navigation - When a new page is added to your Google Sites website, it can be automatically added to your site's navigation.  This option can also be configured to organize your navigation links alphabetically.
  • Subpage Listing - Similar to the Table of Contents gadget, the Subpage Listing gadget enables you to place a custom navigation object in any location, on any page of your site.
  • Attachment Management - A new attachment management feature was added to the More Actions >> Manage Site menu to allow for greater ease of managing attachments across the entire site
  • Reusable Site Names - Sites that are created under can now be reused by the original creator after having been deleted.  The site name is forever associated with that user.
  • Default Settings for New Sites/Pages - Newly created sites no longer have the Recent Site Activity gadget in the sidebar by default. The home page has Comments and Attachments off by default and is at /home instead of /Home. The default site at creation theme is now Iceberg.

Notable Bug Fixes

  • The common issue of <blank> is editing your page has been resolved.
  • When changing the location of a page, the page settings dialog was stripping "-".  This has been resolved.
  • Users were unable to edit or delete items from list pages that were 500 items long.  This has been resolved.
  • Clicking the Next button on an Announcement page generated a "Page does not exist" error for non-administrative visitors.  This issue has been resolved.
  • Issues with embedding Google Spreadsheet Forms via the Insert >> Spreadsheet Form option have been addressed.  Sites was not properly handling the formkey parameter correctly.  This has been resolved.