What can you do with classic Sites?

Build internal project hubs, team sites, company intranets, public-facing websites, and more—all without IT help.

With classic Google Sites, building websites is as easy as editing a document. Create a one-stop destination for all important information—including videos, calendars, presentations, attachments, and text—then quickly and securely share it with a small group, an entire organization, or the world.

What you need:

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Create your classic site

To start, let’s set up a new Sites website.

In this section, you learn how to:


Access classic Sites

To go to Sites, or to view a list of sites that you own or can edit:

  • From your browser, go to sites.google.com.
  • Or, if you're signed in to your G Suite account, at the top right, click The Apps Launcher apps and select Sites.

To create a new site, click CREATE.

Note: If you can’t access Sites, make sure your G Suite administrator has Sites enabled.

Access Sites

Choose a template

  • To work from an existing site template, click Browse the gallery for more. Here you can find templates created by your organization, or search public templates such as work portfolios, training sites, and club pages.
  • To design your own site from scratch, select Blank template.
Choose a template

Name your classic site

  1. Enter a name for your site. Initially, this becomes the unique part of your site’s URL.
  2. (Optional) Change the URL under Site location (don’t worry, this won’t change your site title).
  3. (Optional) Add a site description under More options.

Note: The name and URL you choose must be unique within your domain. You can change the name later, but you can’t change the URL. If you’d like a fully customized URL, such as www.yourcompany.com, talk to your G Suite administrator about how to create a custom web address.

Name your site

Select a theme

Choose a look for your site. Each theme comes with a preset background, color scheme, and font selection. You can adjust fonts, colors, and the background later, and you can always change the theme or build your own custom theme once the site has been created.

Note: If you’re working from a template, your site might already have a theme. If you’d like, you can choose a different theme here.

Once you’re all set, click CREATE at the top of the page.

Select a theme

Add pages

At first, your site only has a home page and site map.

  1. In the top-right corner, click Create page note_add.
  2. In the new window, add a name for the page.

    A URL is automatically created for the new page, which you can change later. To change the URL after you’re created the page, click Settings settings and select Page settings.

  3. Choose a page template option. Learn about different page types.
  4. Choose your page’s location within the site by nesting it under an existing page or keeping it at the top level.

    You can move pages later. Click Settings settings and select Manage Site > Pages.

  5. Click CREATE.

Now you’re ready to customize the new page.

Add pages

Update and personalize your classic site

With Sites, you don’t have to be a web designer to make something that looks good. Next, we’ll take a look at how to update and personalize your site.

In this section, you learn how to:


Edit pages

Updating a page is just like editing a document, although you can do much more than just adding text.

On the page you want to update, at the top right, click Edit edit to show the editing options. If you just created the page, the options appear automatically.

  1. Insert menu:
    • Add images
    • Add links
    • Add a table of contents
    • Add gadgets
    • Add Google-specific applications, such as Calendars, Google Maps, and YouTube video
  2. Format menu and toolbar:
    • Format text
    • Add links
    • Change text alignment
    • Remove text formatting
    • Edit HTML or CSS content directly
  3. Table menu:
    • Insert, delete, and modify table rows and columns
  4. Layout menu:
    • Specify the number of columns on the page
    • Add sidebars
  5. HTML:
    • If you’re familiar with HTML or CSS, enter code directly on the page.
Edit pages

Add images and site features

Under the Insert tab, you can add a wide variety of objects, apps, and gadgets to enhance your site even further. This is also where you can embed Maps, Calendars, and files.

Some useful apps and gadgets include:

  1. Recently updated files—Lists the latest additions or updates to files loaded on to the site.
  2. Calendar—Ensure your project stays on schedule. Embed a team calendar that includes key due dates for deliverables.
  3. Drive—Embed Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, and more. When the source is modified, the document updates automatically within Sites (this is true when embedding documents, spreadsheets, forms, and presentations).
  4. Map—Headed to an offsite meeting? Don't just provide directions, embed a map.
  5. YouTube—Embed any YouTube video in your site.
  6. Click More gadgets to browse more add-in features from Google and third parties, or to search for a particular gadget.
Add images and site features

Adjust colors, fonts, and backgrounds

You can further personalize your site’s look by adding background colors or images to the content areas, header, or the entire page.

  1. At the top right of the page, click Settings settings and select Manage Site.

    Note: If you’re in Edit mode, you won’t see this button.

  2. On the Manage Site page, in the left sidebar, select Themes, Colors, and Fonts.
  3. Change the colors, fonts, and backgrounds across your site.
  4. At the bottom, your changes are reflected in the preview.
  5. Click SAVE.
Adjust colors, fonts, and backgrounds

Update site layouts

Give your pages structure by changing the layout. At the top right of your site’s homepage, click Settings settings and select Edit site layout.

Note: If you’re in Edit mode, you won’t see settings.

  • To add headers, footers, sidebars or horizontal navigation, click an option in the toolbar. Click it again to remove the object.
  • To change individual objects on your site, hover over parts of your site. Editable areas are highlighted in blue. To make a change to a highlighted object, click it.

    • Header—Change your header's height and alignment, and add a logo.
    • Horizontal navigation—Change your navigation bar's style and select which pages of your site you want to display there.
    • Sidebar—Choose your sidebar’s name, how it will be organized, and to what it links.
    • Custom footer—Add and format footer text.

    Once you’ve finished changing an object, click OK. When you’re finished making changes, click Close

  • To change the site width, click Custom and change the width. Press Enter to apply and save the change.

Update site layouts

Change site navigation

Once you’ve added navigation bars, you can add links or change the order.

  1. At the top right of your site’s homepage, click Settings settings and select Edit site layout.

    Note: If you’re in Edit mode, you won’t see settings.

  2. In the top toolbar, click Horizontal navigation.
  3. In the Configure navigation window, you can configure any of these options:
    1. To add linked pages, click Add page.
    2. To rearrange the page order, use the arrows.
    3. To make a linked page a subpage in a sidebar or a drop-down list in a horizontal navigation bar, indent the link.
  4. Click OK.
  5. In the Edit site layout window, click Close.
Change site navigation

Share and collaborate

Now that you have a customized site, you can share it with others. Decide if you want to make the site public or keep it private inside your team or organization. You can also choose whether you want to open the site for collaboration or limit others’ access to view only.

In this section, you learn how to:


Share and collaborate on classic Sites

  1. At the top right of your site’s homepage, click business Share.

    Note: If you’re in Edit mode, you won’t see settings.

  2. Under Who has access, click Change.
  3. Choose the visibility. For the option you choose, set the access level. Anyone who has Can edit or Is owner access can collaborate on your site. As the site owner, you can control who can view and edit your site by adding others as owners, editors, or viewers.
  4. Click Save.
  5. (Optional) If you chose Specific people, you can now invite the people you want to share the site with and set their access level. Click Send to send an email invitation.
Share and collaborate on Sites

Copy and delete classic sites

See a site you really like? If you have edit access, make a copy of it to use as a starting point for your own website. Don’t need a site anymore? Delete it at any time.

In this section, you learn how to:


Copy your classic site

  1. At the top right of your site’s homepage, click Settings settings and select Manage site.

    Note: If you’re in Edit mode, you won’t see settings.

  2. In the left sidebar, click General.
  3. Scroll down and click Copy this Site.
  4. Give your new site a name and unique URL.
  • If you don’t want to share the site with the same collaborators, uncheck Copy Site Collaborators.
  • If you want to carry over your revision history, click Include Revisions.
  • Click COPY.
  • Copy your site

    Delete your classic site

    1. At the top right of your site’s homepage, click Settings settings and select Manage site.

      Note: If you’re in Edit mode, you won’t see settings.

    2. In the left sidebar, click General.
    3. At the bottom, click Delete this Site.
    4. At the prompt, click DELETE.
    5. Note: If you delete a site by accident, you can restore it up to 30 days after it was deleted.

    Delete your site

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