How to Create a Classic Google Site to Display Content

Updated on March 2, 2018
Joshua Crowder profile image

Joshua has work experience in aerospace/aluminum manufacturing & distribution. He received his BBA in accounting from Kent State University.

Website Example

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.

Create

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!

Questions & Answers

    © 2018 Joshua Crowder

    Comments

      0 of 8192 characters used
      Post Comment

      • Joshua Crowder profile image
        Author

        Joshua Crowder 2 months ago from SE United States

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

      • Guckenberger profile image

        Alexander James Guckenberger 2 months ago from Maryland, United States of America

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

      working

      This website uses cookies

      As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, turbofuture.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

      For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://turbofuture.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

      Show Details
      Necessary
      HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
      LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
      Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
      AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
      Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
      CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
      Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
      Features
      Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
      Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
      Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
      Marketing
      Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
      Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
      Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
      Statistics
      Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
      ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)