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posted Mar 9, 2015, 9:00 AM by Julie Sharma [ updated Mar 9, 2015, 12:16 PM ]
You can create a site in Google Sites but then effectively change the website address to your custom URL (e.g., www.mysite.com) (map your site to your domain)
There are several steps in to do this, and you have to be sure you own a domain (e.g., mysite.com) and can access the DNS records. You can purchase available domains from providers like GoDaddy.com.
Google outlines the steps for this process here: https://support.google.com/a/answer/2518318?hl=en
posted Dec 17, 2012, 7:28 PM by Julie Sharma [ updated Mar 9, 2015, 12:27 PM ]
Google Sites includes easy-to-use tools to help you put together your website. To make the most of your new site, here are a few tricks to get you started.
You of course begin by creating your new site. However, check out the tips below (like creating a test website first and being careful with templates) before you get too far into your new site.
If you've created any type of document, you know that the first version is never final. In fact, in some cases, you probably scratch entire documents and start over. This is true for websites, too.
However, when you create a website, you're "locating" it at a web address, which, if you delete the website and start over, can be difficult to reuse. Because of this, I suggest creating a test website and then, once you're happy with the set-up, copying that test site to make your real site. Here's how.
One of the first decisions to make when creating a new Google Site is which template, if any, you'd like to use. While there are many helpful templates, if you don't want to use all the elements, pages, images, etc. from the template, it can be overwhelming clearing out the content you don't want. Alternatively, if you simply would like the header images, colors, and fonts of a template, you can add those after you create a site. This way, you will be able to make use of a template's colors, fonts, and images without getting all the pages and page content. Here's how.
Once you've created your site, you'll be faced with one lone menu:. From this menu, it can be tricky to figure out how to modify the page content vs header, navigation, etc. To help clarify the various editing options, take a look at this how to.
To help organize your web pages, you can make use of Google's built-in page templates or create your own. The built-in page templates offer a blog-type page, file-storage page, list page, as well as basic web pages. Learn more about page template options.
If you use any of the special page types, you can bring highlights of the most recently posted items to one page, perhaps your homepage, thus making one go-to page where visitors can see a snapshot of recent entries. This can be especially helpful for educators who want to make it easy for students to find updates on assignments, projects, class calendar and more at at glance. Here's how.
When you edit a page, you have options to modify fonts, colors, and formatting by word or by section:.
However, it can be better to change formatting at the site level to help keep format consistent between pages throughout your website. Learn how.
When adding text, images, and gadgets to your website, you can use preset page layout options to keep your page organized. Learn how.
posted Dec 17, 2012, 7:11 PM by Julie Sharma [ updated Jan 26, 2015, 9:27 AM ]
When you need to arrange text, images, and gadgets on a page, choose from these preset layout options:
posted Dec 17, 2012, 6:47 PM by Julie Sharma [ updated Jan 26, 2015, 9:18 AM ]
When you edit a page, you have options to modify fonts, colors, and formatting by word or by section:
However, it can be better to change formatting at the site level to help keep format consistent between pages throughout your website.
Modifying overall color/fonts is done through > Manage Site > Colors/Fonts.
Here are some examples of what you can change through these settings:
posted Dec 17, 2012, 1:22 PM by Julie Sharma [ updated Feb 1, 2015, 11:07 AM ]
If you've created a site--perhaps as a test website or a personal template--and you'd like to duplicate it, you can easily copy it.
posted Sep 19, 2012, 7:47 PM by Julie Sharma [ updated Mar 12, 2015, 6:17 PM ]
When you first create a Google Site, it can take awhile to figure out how to change your site to include the content you want with the look you want. To help new Google Sites users get started, here are a few tips on where to go to add content and make changes to create the website you want.
How do I get rid of the comment area on the bottom of the page?
Most page-specific edits are available by clicking on the pencil (top, near-center), which enables the following menu bar:
Examples of page-specific edits include
You can access additional page options by clicking on (top, near-center), which gives access more options, including
Most overall-site edits are available by clicking on (top, near-center) > Manage site, which gives access to the options below:
Through Manage Site, you can
Note: General, Sharing and Permissions, AdSense, Web Address, or Themes, Colors, and Fonts only appear for those with owner access to a site, so those with only edit access to a site will not see these options.
posted Sep 11, 2012, 8:22 PM by Julie Sharma [ updated Feb 1, 2015, 10:30 AM ]
You can add, remove, change, or edit your sidebar, which is an optional vertical strip on the left or right side of your website.
I don't have the option to Edit site layout and so I can't edit the sidebar. Why?
Only those with site owner access can edit sidebars. If you only have edit access, you cannot.
posted Sep 9, 2012, 3:20 PM by Julie Sharma [ updated Feb 1, 2015, 10:42 AM ]
Be default, your website's landing page will be the Home page. That is, when you visit sites.google.com/site/siteshelphowtos, you see this website's landing page. Though the default is the home page, you can easily change the landing page.be sure you are signed in to your website (www.sites.google.com)
posted Sep 2, 2012, 7:18 PM by Julie Sharma [ updated Mar 13, 2015, 5:50 PM ]
When you create an announcements-style webpage, you can create new posts from that page (it works like blog posts). Each new post you create becomes its own page, so when you want to delete a post, you simply need to delete the page. Here's how:
posted Aug 26, 2012, 7:10 PM by Julie Sharma [ updated Mar 18, 2015, 9:09 PM ]
You can adjust paragraph margin in the html. For example, if you want to indent an entire paragraph or simply the first line, you can do so with html.
To have less or more indent, decrease or increase the 40px number.
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