What Is a Classic Google Site?
A classic Google site is an application that is administered through your individual Google account or an organization's G-Suite account that serves as a platform for building websites. Classic Google Sites are free for web designers to use and can be updated to the new Google sites platform.
Google Site Page Example
Creating a Google Site
Creating a good site can be fun and easy. The best part about creating a Google Site is that it is free. The site created in this tutorial is a classic site, which is easier to use.
Keep in mind as you read that your Google Site dashboard may look different from mine. This may be because your organization has a different style to its google platform or because you are using your individual Google account to create a site. You should be able to navigate through this reading either way. If you want to see an example of my first Google Site before you move on click here.
Start Creating Your Google Site
Go to Google Sites and log in to your Google account. The only difference between an organizational account and a personal Google account when creating a site is the fact that you will not have complete control over your organizational account (they can shut it down) and with the organizational account, you can create tags for internal searches within the organization. Click on the create button.
Select a blank template, name your site, then click on create. You may be asked to change the domain name if your title is too common.
Add a Link
Now click on the edit button. Type in the title of an article or other content that you would like to link to. When I say link, I mean text that has an active hyperlink attached to it.
To turn that title into a link highlight it and click Insert > link from the above menu.
Now click on the web address and add the web address to the “Link to this URL:” section. Choose the “open this in a new window“ option so your website will remain open when the link is chosen. Now click OK.
Add Content and Edit Content
Add a summary under your link to show what the link is about. Text sizes can also be changed with the use of the toolbar ribbon.
Add a photo by selecting Insert > Images.
The photo can be downsized by selecting “s” in the image information window that appears. If the information box does not automatically appear click on the uploaded photo.
Since I will be adding lots of links here I want to have a second column to save space. This can be done by clicking Layout > Two columns (simple).
By clicking on the setting icon, you will see lots of different options for your website.
Clicking on Site management also allows you to make some major changes.
Change the Theme of Your Site
While in site management, click on “Themes, Colors, and Fonts.” Next, click on the drop-down menu just below the word base themes.
Choose a theme of your liking and a demo will display so you can see what your content will look like. After you make your selection click save. Now click “< Your Site Name” to view the site.
Tag Your Website
If you are part of an organization and would like to create tags for your site click settings > Manage site. Now you can click in-site categories and type in whatever site tag you want to be separated by commas.
Who Can View Your Site
To allow everyone on the web to see your site click on sharing and permissions. Click change and you will have options as to who can view your site.
Secure Your Site Data
To make sure you are the sole person that can look at data about your site, go back to General and go to the bottom of the page. Change the access setting to collaborators only. Click the mobile box for viewing on mobile devices and the box below to allow your site to be shared on other sites.
Add a Comments Section
To create a social environment within your Google Site you can turn on a comment function to allow viewers of your site to leave comments. By default, this function is left off until activated. Also, note that only authenticated users within your google suite can comment on your site. So, if you are creating a site through your organizational platform only users within that platform will be able to comment. To add a comment section, go to Settings→Page Setting, then click allow comments and save.
Now you can add some more content and start sharing your site. Cheers!
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© 2018 Joshua Crowder
Joshua Crowder (author) from Tampa, FL on February 27, 2018:
Your welcome. If your not exactly a niche writer this could help you look like one.
Alexander James Guckenberger from Maryland, United States of America on February 27, 2018:
Thank you so much for this. I think I will look into making one of these.