How to Create a Classic Google Site to Display Content

Updated on March 2, 2018
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Joshua has work experience in aerospace/aluminum manufacturing & distribution. He received his BBA in accounting from Kent State University.

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Creating a google website is easy to create and can help direct traffic to your online content.
Creating a google website is easy to create and can help direct traffic to your online content.

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 absolutely free. The site created in this tutorial is a classic site, which is easier to use. Keep in mind as you read on that your Google Site dashboard may look different from mine. This may be because your organization has a different style to their 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 site before you move on click here.

Start Creating Your Google Site

Go to google sites and login to your google account. The only difference between an organizational account and 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 organizaition. Click on the create button.


Select blank template, name your site, then click on create. You may be asked to change the domain name if your title is too common.

You may be able to select a template from your organization or from google, but keep in mind templates may have content gadgets that you won't necessarily need.
You may be able to select a template from your organization or from google, but keep in mind templates may have content gadgets that you won't necessarily need.

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 web address and add 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 summery under your link to show what the link is about. Text sizes can also be changed with use of the toolbar ribbon.

Add Photos

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.

Adding Columns

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 column (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 your 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 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 you 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 though you organizational platform only users within that platform will able to comment. To add the comment section go to Settings→Page Setting, then click the allow comments and save.

Now you can add some more content and start sharing your site. Cheers!

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        Joshua Crowder 

        8 months ago from SE United States

        Your welcome. If your not exactly a niche writer this could help you look like one.

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        Alexander James Guckenberger 

        8 months ago from Maryland, United States of America

        Thank you so much for this. I think I will look into making one of these.


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