Google Sites is a free and easy-to-use website builder from Google.
While the appearance and feel of a Google Sites site may not be as developed as the one made with other advanced website builders, there are certain benefits to using the service if you want to build a modest and functional site.
It's also completely free. As long as you stick to the 15 GB storage limit on your Google account, there is no limit to the number of sites you may create.
Google Sites has been around since 2008, but there have been many changes over the years. In order to favor its more recent version of the website builder, Google is gradually phasing out older Sites — referred to as "classic sites". If you've been using a previous Google Site for a long time, be prepared to convert it to a New Google Site in 2021 or later if you want it to stay up and running.
Google Sites' Key Features
Google Sites doesn't have advanced features that Wix, Shopify, Squarespace, Weebly, Ecwid, etc. can offer: ecommerce features, code customization, email automation, etc. But New Google Sites is definitely user-friendly, mobile-first, and easy to digest.
Add text, images, videos, charts, tables, etc. right from your Google Drive.
#1 Google family
Google Sites are linked to other Google Workspace features such as Gmail, Google Calendar, and Hangouts.
So you can add Google Drive projects to the website you're creating. Google Sites, like those services, may be created, shared, and copied among editors. This is great for producing a website for a work project that requires charts and tables or an event you're planning with others.
#2 No hosting
New Google Sites do not require hosting. The website is basically a file stored on your Google Drive. The site uses Google Drive space, but don't worry, the file compression is very efficient.
You may also personalize the appearance and feel of your website using the editing tool after you've finished it. You can add pages, change themes, play with fonts or color pallets, move the blocks around, blending them into a picture you can call a website.
#4 No coding
You don't need any web development or coding skills to use Google Sites to make a website. Every feature is easy to use and understand. You may utilize simple templates to add photos, links, YouTube videos, and more. It only takes a few clicks to remove and rearrange any of them.
#5 Delete anytime
You may remove a Google Site at any time. A site, on the other hand, can't be permanently erased. To restore it, go to the garbage in your Google Drive. Remember that anything that's been in the trashcan for more than 30 days is automatically erased from Google Drive.
To sum up.
Overall, Google Sites isn't as feature-rich as some other website-building tools. However, suppose you're searching for a free tool for a work presentation, small local business, event, personal website, or a way to quickly claim a spot on the Internet. In that case, Google Sites may be exactly what you're looking for.
How To Make A Google Site And Publish It To The World
If you want to market your business, create a polished professional portfolio that clients may utilize to discover more about you, or simply wish to express yourself, you might consider making your own website.
There are hundreds of firms that can assist you with website creation and publication. However, using Google Sites is simple, straightforward, and free.
Creating a Google Site does not need much technical knowledge. Google offers a variety of templates to fit each sector and taste, all of which are editable, so you may display your material in any way you choose.
You can have a site up and running in a matter of minutes. Here's how to get started.
Creating a new Google website on your own
Sign in to your Google account, and go to the Google Sites homepage.
Click the "Start a new site" header to begin. Google Sites will display all templates that are available if you click "Template Gallery."
In the top-left corner of the page, type in the name of your site.
Add content to your website by using the toolboxes. Text, photos, and other media are all possibilities. Click on your template's correct area and follow the on-screen directions to add these items. Take time to look through the options of the different block types. Note that you can create multiple pages and add (or not) them to your main navigation. Your main menu can also contain links to different resources if you decide to connect your Google Site to a store, blog, or someplace you want to showcase and send traffic to.
When you've added all relevant information to your website, hit "Publish" in the top-right corner.
Select the URL you want in the pop-up box that appears. However, note that by default, every Google Sites URL will begin with "https://sites.google.com/view/". If the URL you wanted were "mysite," your URL would be "https://sites.google.com/view/mysite".
If you already own a custom URL, enter it into the "Custom URL" space. You'll have to go through a quick domain verification process if this is the case. At this point, you can also restrict who's allowed to view your site and whether or not it should appear in Google searches.
After that, click "Publish" one last time to launch your site and make it accessible to the public.
Creating a new Google website with Awesome Templates
This is the fun part. Although New Google Sites is a platform that allows you to save time on website creation, you have an option to go online even faster.
Browse through the ready-to-use Awesome Templates and find the one that works for you. Thus, you'll avoid thinking over the website structure, content layout, and even design. All you'll need to do is change the template content to yours and publish the website. Then, to expand the template with more pages or blocks, you can copy and paste the content or even the blocks.
Learn how easy it is to tweak any Awesome Templates after the purchase.