Getting Started

You will need a Google Account to access Google Sites. If you have a Gmail account, you already have access to all the tools Google offers. If you don't have a Gmail account, you have two options:
  • Click here to get to the website to create a Google account using your current e-mail address. You'll need to enter your current e-mail address (this will be your user name for your Google account) and create a password you'll want to use to sign into your Google account. Once you complete the application, you'll receive an e-mail asking you to verify your request. Click on the link provided, and you are on your way.
  • Click here to go to the website to create a Gmail account. Once you create a Gmail account, you'll have access to all Google's tools and features. You'll need to provide Google with a bit more information, including your name. You'll also be asked to provide a security question and answer. Once you complete the application and verification process, you'll be able to access all Google's products.
Once you have an account, go to the Google start page and sign in. You will find Sites under the more drop-down menu.

When you click on Sites you will be taken to the page where you can create a new site and see a list of the sites you already  have.  Choose Create a new site and it'll take you to the page you will use to name your site, set up your initial security option, and chose a theme. 

You'll also be give the option of creating your own page layouts, or using one the Google Site Templates from the Gallery. Make suer to Browse the gallery for more. Note: Once you choose a template, you cannot apply another template to the site. 

  • Choose a site name. This will determine the URL that will be used to locate your site. Choose carefully, because the URL can't be changed once you create your site. It's also important to know, that even if you delete your site, you won't be able to use that name or URL again.
  • Give your site a short description. This may make it easier to find when someone does a search.
  • Check the box for mature content if your site it only suitable for adults.
  • Then, decide the level of privacy you would like your site to have. You can always change this later.
  • Choose a theme. Don't like any of the themes shown? Google offers a number of themes for you to choose from. Select More themes to see them.
  • You'll have to verify that you are a real person and not a machine by typing in the code shown. When that is done, choose Create site and you'll be take in your home page which is ready for you to start editing.