Getting Started with the "New" Google Sites

Before we jump into tips for the "new" Google Sites, let's take a moment to review a few of the basics. These may be helpful to you prior to exploring the tips.

Begin the review....

1 - Define & Identify School Setting Uses

Google Sites is an adaptation of a wiki, an easy to edit website shared with trusted editors. People who lack rights to edit the site may not be able to see the site or only be able to view it (unable to make changes).

Access to Google Sites can be granted to individuals via their Google email, or to groups.

Looking for ways to use Google Sites in a school setting? Here are a few common ways:

  • Knowledge management repository - a place to organize all information/knowledge about a particular topic, such as policies and procedures, curricular resources
  • Classroom/Department website - A collaborative website creation tool that can be maintained by a variety of individuals and that is changed frequently
  • Check out some of the instructional ideas expressed:

2 - Access Sites via Gmail and/or Google+

Remember, after you login to your Gmail/G Suites, you can always access Google Sites directly using this web address: This is my preferred way of access Sites.


Are you in Gmail and need to open another Google tool, like Sites? Simply click on the "waffle" and then scroll through the tools to identify Sites.

Google Plus

You can access the waffle on Google Plus then select Sites.

3 - Create a New Site w/ a Blank Template

Step 1

Login to your G Suite for Education or Gmail account

Step 2

Go to the New Google Sites

Step 3

Click on the white plus/add sign in the red circle, bottom right-hand corner of your screen

Step 4

Edit the Page Title for your new Site

Step 5

Note that you have several ways to add content to your page, as shown below

Step 6

Customize your Sites Theme (you have SIX different choices but each can be customized as to colors and fonts). This choice applies to ALL pages in your Sites. You are not (yet) able to apply different themes to different pages or sets of pages.

Below, please find the three screens you will see in Sites for customizing and adding content

4 - Add Text & Images to Page

Adding text, pictures and images to a Google Sites page remains easy. You need only take advantage of the options shown right.

Note that you can also embed content from your Google Drive, YouTube, Calendar, Maps, and more.

5 - Share a Site

Below, see the choices available for three dots:

At the top right corner of Google Sites, you will find a short toolbar. Notice that you get the following information/tool function from left to right:

  • "All changes saved in Drive" - Provides an update on all changes saved
  • Undo - Undo or backup the action just taken
  • Redo - Go forward to take the action you backed up on
  • Preview - The eye enables you to see your page prior to publication
  • Link - Allows you to copy the link to the published page provided if you have published the page previously
  • Plus Person - Allows you to share the entire Site with others. These permissions are similar to Google Docs/Sheets/Drive. Use this to share the Sites with others
  • 3 dots - Provides access to Site Analytics, Favicon (you can upload an icon or picture to represent your Sites), Send Feedback, Help and Take a Tour! options
  • Publish - This button provides you with the ability to Publish the Page, View Published Site, or Unpublish. Note that if you UnPublish, you are actually unpublishing the entire Site.

3 dots

Provides access to

  • Site Analytics - Allows you to enter your Google Analytics tracking code - "Connect your site to a Google Analytics account to get insights and metrics on usage."
  • Favicon - you can upload an icon or picture to represent your Sites
  • Send Feedback - Let the Google Sites developers know what you think!
  • Help - This will take you to the Sites Help website
  • Take a Tour! - This will take you on a guided tour of your Site.

What else would you like to know about Google Sites?