Tuesday, November 15, 2016

New Google Sites Top Needed Features


Have you played with the New Google Sites? If you have, you may be noticing some missing key features. According to the Google Sites Help Forum (https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/sites/NXcBWrvLq2c) here are some top requests and what the Google Sites team is working on, thankfully:

Publish to a group
Obviously permissions is an important part of Google Sites. You may want to share you site with the whole world or just a small group of associates. Contact groups are nice to share to as well, since that group can be flexible and change.

Customize logoJust text won't cut it for long. We want to brand these sites don't we. I don't exactly understand the need to limit us to a few colors and few fonts. =/

Copy a page/section
Makes sense.

Map to a domainHugely important both for internal usage and external. We want to easily navigate to these sites.

Search within a Site
I don't know why this wasn't built in first thing. This alone will limit us to small project sites. A search engine in Google Sites is essential for finding information on a deep site.

Nest Pages / Deeper Subpages / Better Sitemap Control
Right now you only have top level nav and dropdown subpages. Again, this will keep sites simple & small.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

New Google Sites comes November 9 - Here's what you should do

Google has announced via email that the new Google Sites is coming November 9th, 2016. Here are my recommendations for classic sites users the world over.

Public Websites
As far as I know, and this may change in the release, New Google Sites cannot be mapped to a custom domain. That makes getting to a New Google Site impossible with a nice www.example.com web address. This is a deal-breaker right now until the feature is available.

Intranets
Google has said and it is still the case, that New Google Sites is very basic, only capable of small project sites. Therefore, your large intranets, your functional hubs, your wikis, those just aren't ready to be built in the New Sites. Right now, you can only build pages in two levels. Page & Subpage. Navigation is limited to say the least. Again, this is a major roadblock to large sites. Also, many gadgets just aren't available yet, so if you want extra functions outside G Suite or Awesome Tables, you'll have to wait.

Conclusion
So, I know you might be anxious and concerned about your Google Site, but we have two years to transition. New Sites will be receiving the development it needs to bring it up to speed with Classic Sites. Most of us will want to hang tight, keep using Classic Sites and when the time is right, migrate using the tool forthcoming.

Here is the letter that was sent out for your edification:

Five months ago, we introduced a new version of Google Sites to our G Suite customers through an Early Adopter Program (EAP). Thanks to their feedback, we’ll begin rolling out new Sites to all G Suite customers on the Rapid Release track on November 9, 2016. Scheduled Release will follow 2 weeks later. Please read this email carefully, as you might need to take action to ensure that new Sites works in your organization.

What will happen to the previously existing, classic version of Sites?
Classic Sites will continue to exist in parallel with new Sites as we add capabilities that are similar to those found in classic Sites. Classic Sites and the sites created with it will continue to follow the Sites-specific settings in the Google Admin console at Apps > G Suite > Sites.

Please note:
In 2017, we’ll provide and recommend options to migrate your sites from classic Sites to new Sites.

Beginning in 2018, we’ll send a timeline and instructions regarding the gradual process to shut down classic Sites. The specific date for the shutdown of classic Sites has yet to be set, but we’ll inform you at least one year in advance of the shutdown.

Will new Sites be On or Off by default when it’s released?
New Sites will be On by default when it’s released. It’s important to note, however, that your users will not be able to create or edit sites in new Sites unless you have both Google Drive and Sitesturned On.

How can I turn off new Sites after it’s released?
To turn off new Sites in your organization, you can do any one of the following options:

In the Admin console, go to Apps > G Suite > Sites > New Sites and select Users at my domain cannot create and edit sites.

Turn off Sites entirely.

Turn off Drive entirely.

Important note for EAP participants: If you’re currently taking part in the EAP but do not have classic Sites enabled for your organization, you’ll need to turn on classic Sites if you want to continue using new Sites after its release on November 9.

How will I change the privacy and sharing settings for new Sites?
New Sites will follow the Drive sharing settings in the Admin console (located at Apps > G Suite > Drive). It will not follow the classic Sites sharing settings (located at Apps > G Suite > Sites). If you allow users to publish Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides files on the web, they’ll also be able to publish sites created in new Sites on the web. If necessary, please make any changes to your Drive sharing settings prior to the new Sites release on November 9.

Thanks for being part of the journey that led us to new Sites. We're constantly working on our technology so that it improves and grows with your team.

Check out the G Suite Updates Blog on November 9 to learn more about this launch. If you have any questions, please contact Google Support or visit the Sites Help Center.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Take a look at the New Google Sites



The New Google Sites is beginning an early adopter, beta like stage. Get information from us on what's new. What is the difference between these two products? Should you choose to make a Google Site in the Classic or New mode?

View the full news article
View the side by side comparison
New Google Sites Early Adopter Program






Wednesday, April 13, 2016

5 Google Sites with Big Colorful Backgrounds

We have been designing many Google Sites these past few months. Kirksville Web Design has a new initiative to always use the responsive web design feature of Google Sites, known as the "Automatically adjust to Mobile" feature. This results in a few design limitations, but a lot of benefits for web property owners, including SEO page rank points. 

As you may know, you have two backgrounds to play with in Google Sites: 1) Background Image and 2) Background Wrapper Image. The wrapper image has a higher z-index, meaning it is layer on top of the background image. You also have background color at your disposal.

We've been designing for a lot of schools lately, which is wonderful. We have a bunch of samples here in this Google Doc. All Google Sites.











Thursday, November 12, 2015

A New Vision for Google Sites

Hello everyone. I was googling around Google Sites information and stumbled upon the work of Neil Creagh - A New Vision for Google Sites.

Neil said it well:

Massive potential
What ever happened to Google Sites? With new template designs and a new CMS interface, the potential reach of Google Sites could be huge.

By removing a lot of the hurdles and costs associated with creating a small business or personal website, Google Sites would be in a really strong position to very quickly become the go-to place for SMEs and individuals who require a new website.

Rumors come and go about Google Sites. With a huge gap in updates, perhaps the direction has been to completely rebuild the system. After all, since transitioned from JotSpot Web Pages, they have probably been groaning with developing on this out-dated platform.

Also, with other platforms, CMS, like Squarespace, Wix, and a large number of no-code easy web builders, the expectations for Google would be much higher. 

Please keep in mind, Google Inc. themselves and many other big companies use Google Sites every day. So sunsetting, retiring the product would only shoot themselves in the foot. Just in case you need that argument.

Will they deliver? 

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

5 New Google Sites for Education

Explore 5 Unique Google Sites designed and developed for schools. We promote Google Sites for Edu on our website too. Enjoy these Google Sites examples for your inspiration. 



Bowman Charter School
https://sites.google.com/a/kirksvillewebdesign.com/bowman/




Del Oro High School
https://sites.google.com/a/kirksvillewebdesign.com/del-oro




Glide School District
https://sites.google.com/a/kirksvillewebdesign.com/glide-schools/




Oakland Unified School District
http://www.everystudentthrives.org/




Placer Hills Union School District
https://sites.google.com/a/kirksvillewebdesign.com/phusd/

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Google Sites Web Address Mapping to Multiple Domains, Secondary Domains.

Intro:
In Google Apps for Work, in the past, you could only web address map a Google Sites to a subdomain of the primary domain. Let me explain:
  • You run Google Apps for the Primary Domain:  kirksvillewebdesign.com
  • You want to launch a new site on your Alias/Secondary Domain: googlesitesintranet.net
This was impossible unless you moved your Google Site off of Google Apps completely and into the free Google Sites/Gmail world. You lose the security, extra hosting space, and other benefits.

Update:
Here's what Google had to say in a very recently update:

Complex businesses can require multiple Google Apps domain instances to meet their needs. Previously, certain domain management functionality was restricted to primary domains only, making managing multiple domains a bit cumbersome. With today’s launch, we’re extending several key features to secondary domains to make managing multiple domain instances more seamless:

Web address mapping―have your Google Sites appear under custom URLs for all of your domains, such as hr.yourdomain.com, hr.yourdomain.in or hr.yourdomain.fr.

So yay!
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