Wednesday, January 3, 2018

New Google Sites Gadgets Tour - Embed HTML, CSS, Javascript

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Universal Footer and Deeper Top Navigation on New Google Sites

New Google Sites continues to receive regular, monthly updates that bring it closer with the Classic Sites feature set. Therefore, this makes it more viable as a replacement for Classic Sites, scheduled to sunset sometime next year. Let's look at these changes and their effect for intranet builders like myself.

Install a Footer on New Sites
We are all used to the universal footer, meaning it appears in the same way at the bottom of each page. This is a real time saver for intranets which now have the potential for hundreds of pages (you'll see when we get to the next feature). 

You can choose not the display the footer on certain pages if you wish. It also comes with a "Small" font size to accommodate all the fine print at the bottom of your site.

Multi-level Nested Top Navigation
This is definitely necessary to migrate some of the huge sites we've designed on Google Sites. Two levels (top and dropdown) won't cut it in most cases. Now you can nest like 8 levels deep or something, it is very easy to scale up when you need to.

All this is managed for the site designer in the right sidebar within the "Pages" interface.

The results of these features is a much better platform to build larger sites. Stay tuned for more updates as they come.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

New Sites Features for Better Intranets

Just a quick update on two new features to the New Google Sites!

Just use "insert URL" to iframe in content from a website if it is available and secure to do so.

It just popped up. The search icon appears in the top right beside your navigation links. Once clicked, it artfully swipes to reveal a larger search bar.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Custom Domain Mapping - How to Setup New Sites Web Address

It looks like very soon G Suite Admins will be able to setup a custom web address domain for their New Google Sites. According to Google's blog post earlier today, it should be done through the admin counsel and be very similar to the Classic Sites process.

Go to:

  2. Apps > Google Sites
  3. Web Address Mapping
  4. Add a New Web Address
  5. Include your site's current URL extension, for example, , the extension would be newsite
  6. Select a subdomain of a domain or domain alias in your G Suite.
  7. Complete and then handle the DNS Records modications through your domain registrar

Google explained in their blog post introduction that organizations need the option to setup simple web addresses for their Google Sites. You know, so organizations can just refer to or . Of course this not only helps Google Sites intranet users but those who wish to use Google Sites for public websites. But it seems at this point, G Suite is a requirement.

Here are their important notes:
  • For sites that are viewable within your organization only, the link is redirected to the Google Sites URL (such as
  • New Sites address mappings automatically provision domain-validated SSL certificates for secure connections. You cannot use other certificates.
  • You may need to wait up to 24 hours to see your changes reflected. This feature is not available for trial domains.
Thanks all. 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

New Google Sites Design Examples

Hi All - Kirksville Web Design has been producing quite a few New Google Sites for its clients. Check out some excellent New Google Sites examples for design inspiration.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Google Sites Roadmap - 10 Features from Classic to New

The roadmap from Classic Google Sites to New Google Sites has been eagerly anticipated this year. The Google Suite team provided general goals previously, like a migration tool to transfer to New Sites. Since Classic Sites will shut down eventually (maybe in 2018), we are building all new portals, hubs, intranets in the New Sites application. It is quickly coming up to speed.

1. Migration Tool coming Q4 2017.

Good to hear. No one wants to manually copy and paste hundreds of pages of content from their site.

2. Intranet Search Engine 

A must have. Perhaps this could tap into Google Suite's other search engine technologies that feature search into Drive, calendar, etc.

3. Page Level Permissions, Fine-tuned Access Permissions

A nice have for portals, definitely.

4. Iframes, Markup, Code Inject

This will make a big difference and allow Sites to reach outside the Google ecosystem to bring in all sorts of other third-party content, embedded into Sites.

5. Email Notifications on Updates within Google Sites portal

This is always something that clients wanted, even with Classic Sites. Glad to see it made the list of roadmap features.

6. Improved Organization & Hierarchy for Sites with a lot of pages

Two levels is where Sites currently stands, which is hardly good enough for the multi-level portals we've seen.

7. Customization of Google Sites templates and themes

As Google Sites experts and designers, we would love to see this. Check out the Google Sites we've designed thus far to see what is possible: and

8. More text formatting options

Again, nice to see. Nothing special, but quiet important for getting the right look on your site.

9. Link your domain, web address mapping (public websites? not sure)

This will help bring New Sites up to the same level as Classic. Increasing visibility and access to New Sites.

10. Google Sites API

Anything that empowers developers is welcome!

Overall, these are features for improved team sites, portals, knowledge bases and intranets. Therefore, we see the focus on New Sites as an internal web platform.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Google Sites Promoted as Hub Solution

Google Next 2017 and a flurry of updates to Google Suite have provided some new discoveries concerning Google Sites. We all know the transition is here from Classic to New Sites, but the vision and roadmap have no been as clear. Will the New Google Sites become the product for the corporate portal, hub and team site? New evidence suggests the answer is yes. Here's why...

Recent Discoveries:
Work hacks from G Suite: a new corporate training regimen (no weights required)

This article, published on March 23, 2017, makes a strong case for New Sites as a viable employee handbook, onboarding hub, training center, etc. They even made this cute little gif for us. Obviously team drives create a central place within Google Drive for teams to collaborate and share files. Those pop-in nice and easy within a Google Site. 

They also noted the responsiveness of New Sites for intranets, saying to check it out on mobile, find your materials on the go. The biggest selling point here is the inter-connectivity. You don't have to look outside Google Suite to get this up and running.

It is nice to see some confidence placed into Sites, which is benefiting nicely from all the upgrades to Drive. Then you have Calendars and Forms, which can also live and breath in Sites, making it into an appealing hub indeed.

Virtual Training Hub

Simplify the onboarding process by creating a central training website. New employees often get lost in large or distributed companies, which is why most turnover occurs within the first few months of employment. Create a Sites webpage with all your onboarding and training resources so they can quickly get up to speed and easily find important reference materials in one place.

Google Suite by Product - Google Sites

Google Sites is getting more recognition, more promotion as a platform to bring things together. It has done this in the past, but New Sites has more of the spotlight since more capabilities are being added on a regular basis and the gap between Sites and Drive narrows.

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