Google Sites is a G Suite tool that allows you to quickly create a team-oriented website without the need for prior knowledge about coding. And it is free! You can use Sites to plan meetings and activities, share information, collaborate on a team project, and stay connected with family members. It can also be used to create student portfolios. You can control its accessibility to make sure it’s either public or private, so only specific people have access to it such as your students and colleagues. Just like other G Suite tools, Sites makes it super easy to collaborate, communicate, and share files in one location.
- Easily create web pages
- Embed contents from Youtube, Calendar, Maps
- Insert files from Google Drive
- Customize and move contents using its drag-and-drop feature
- Publish publicly or privately
- Collaborate with specific groups
Google Sites is basically a drag-and-drop website builder. This feature allows you to customize or modify the layout by moving the contents where you want them. It also offers a variety of templates and themes in designing web pages. As soon as you are finished organizing your web pages, you can start adding content from Google Calendars, Google Maps, Youtube, and files from your Google Drive such as Docs, Sheets, and Slides.
If you have an existing Google account, you can start creating your own interactive website by going to https://sites.google.com/. As soon as you click on “New Google Sites” to create a new site, the following page will appear:
You can start building and customizing your website. First, you need to give your website a name, then you can start adding and editing content, formatting the text, inserting and resizing images, uploading files, and customizing the theme. All these options are available on the right-side menu bar.
You can also move the content sections wherever you want to place it by pressing on the two lines of five dots. Hover your cursor on a specific block and the icon should appear. You can customize the background by uploading a new image, searching the web, or choosing from the gallery. Before publishing your website, you can preview it first by clicking on the “Preview” button (the eye icon at the top). It will preview the look of your web page on a desktop, tablet, and phone version. Once you are through, you can start publishing your website. You have two options on who can visit it – everyone from your organization or anyone on the web.
Are you using Google Sites? How do you use it? Let us know in the comments below!