Wednesday, April 11, 2018

NEW Convert your site to the new Google Sites

This statement, followed by "Try it now" is appearing for some Google Sites users.

The Classic Google Sites to New Google Sites conversion tool is far from perfect. If you need help converting your site and having it appear as a beautiful, on brand, cohesive intranet solution, contact us.

Also, just a sidebar here, there is the new ability to add URLs to the Google Sites navigation. So your navigation can point, not only to internal pages within the site, but to other websites, or other Google Sites with different permissions. This is a nice solution for page-level permissions as it is currently lacking from New Sites.

Thanks!

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

New Google Sites for Schools

Just sharing some fun New Google Sites we are making for various school districts. 




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.

https://gsuiteupdates.googleblog.com/2017/11/easily-add-site-wide-footer-in-new.html


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. 

https://gsuiteupdates.googleblog.com/2017/10/expanded-page-hierarchy-in-new-google-sites.html


Conclusion
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!

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

Search
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:

  1. admin.google.com
  2. Apps > Google Sites
  3. Web Address Mapping
  4. Add a New Web Address
  5. Include your site's current URL extension, for example, sites.google.com/example.com/newsite , 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 intranet.company.com or hub.organization.edu . 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 http://sites.google.com/example.com/mysite).
  • 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.
















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