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Teachers Guide to Creating and Publishing Websites Using The New Google Sites

November 10, 2016
Google has recently introduced a totally revamped Google Sites available to its G Suite customers only. Compared with the classic Site, the new Google Sites comes with a bunch of extra interesting features that include intuitive technology, integration with G Suite apps, attractive design, ability to track site’s performance using Google Analytics, new colourful templates and many more. To learn more about the difference between classic Sites and new Sites, check out this resource.


Below is a step by step guide based on guidelines taken from Site Help to assist teachers in creating and publishing  websites using the new Google Sites.  For quick tips on how to use Google Sites, check out G Suite Learning Centre.

1- Create a site
  • "Open Sites with a supported web browser. The Sites home screen will open.
  • In the bottom-right corner, click Create new site Add. 
  • Edit your site.
2- Name your site
  • Open your Google Site.
  • In the top left corner, click Enter site name.
  • Type the name of your site.
3- Choose a theme for your site
  • Open a site in Google Sites.
  • From the menu on the right, click THEMES.
  • Click the style you want. The theme will be applied to your site.
4- Add a page to your site
  • Open a site in Google Sites.
  • From the menu on the right, click PAGES and then Add page Add page.
  • Click DONE. The new page will open.
5- Add content to your site
  • Open a site in Google Sites.
  • From the menu on the right, click INSERT and then one of the following: Text box/Images/ Embed URL/ Google Embeds(YouTube videos, Calendar, Map)/ Google Docs(Docs, Slides, Sheets, Forms, Charts) or choose Upload to upload files from your computer. 
6- Publish your site
Google Sites provides you with different privacy features to control who can access and view your published site.
  • Open a site in Google Sites.
  • From the top menu, click Publish. The "Publish your site" menu will open.
  • Type the site's URL under "Site address."
  • Under "Who can visit my site," choose who can see your site: Anyone at your domain (only applies if you are a G suite customer). Anyone on the web (for G Suite customers, this is available only if enabled by your organization)
  • Under "Allow my site to appear in search results," choose how people can find your site.
  • Select this option if you want search engines to find your site.
  • Deselect this option if people must have the link (some search engines might still find your site).
  • When you're ready to publish your site, click PUBLISH.
  • To confirm that your site published correctly, visit your site's URL
7- Allow others edit access to your site
  • Open a site in Google Sites.
  • From the top menu, click Share Add people. The "Add editors" menu will open.
  • In the "Invite people" box, type the full names or email addresses of the people you want to give edit access to.
  • When you're ready to share, click Send.
  • Click Done."
Source: Sites Help