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  • Update - New Google Sites - Site Search New Google Sites now offers a site search. Just use the search icon (looks like a magnifying glass) located at the right-end of the navigation.Site Search in new ...
    Posted 22 Sep 2017, 07:51 by Stephen Hind
  • Update - New Google Sites - Use iframes to insert gadgets You can now embed other websites, Google Apps Scripts and App Maker in new Google Sites. For full instructions and a full-screen video see Embed Websites and Apps Scripts ...
    Posted 18 Sep 2017, 08:43 by Stephen Hind
  • Update - New Google Sites - Custom Domain URL (G Suite) You can now map a web address (custom domain URL) to a new Google Site in G Suite. For full instructions and a full-screen video see Custom Domain URL ...
    Posted 23 Aug 2017, 02:02 by Stephen Hind
  • Update - New Google Sites - Duplicate Sections You can now duplicate sections in new Google Sites on the same page and copy and paste sections across different pages. For full instructions and a full-screen video see ...
    Posted 22 Aug 2017, 02:57 by Stephen Hind
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Update - New Google Sites - Site Search

posted 22 Sep 2017, 07:47 by Stephen Hind   [ updated 22 Sep 2017, 07:51 ]

New Google Sites now offers a site search. Just use the search icon (looks like a magnifying glass) located at the right-end of the navigation.

Site Search in new Google Sites

You can find the search button at the top right of your site.

New Google Sites - Site Search

Limitations

  • If you search from your new Google Site with a custom domain web address mapping the results are displayed with the unmapped (sites.google.com) URL.
  • You will not get the content of embedded Google Drive items, e.g. Google Docs, PDFs or Word Documents, will not appear in the search results. 

Update - New Google Sites - Use iframes to insert gadgets

posted 18 Sep 2017, 08:35 by Stephen Hind   [ updated 18 Sep 2017, 08:43 by Stephen Hind ]

You can now embed other websites, Google Apps Scripts and App Maker in new Google Sites. For full instructions and a full-screen video see Embed Websites and Apps Scripts using iframes.

Embed Websites and Apps Scripts using iframes

Insert whole websites, preview link cards and Google Apps Scripts in new Google Sites.

New Google Sites - iframes - Gadgtes by Google Apps Script

Limitations

  • You can only embed secure (https) URLs 
  • If the website owner does not allow the site to appear in an iframe you cannot embed
  • You will only see the Preview option if the website provides the necessary Open Graph protocol tags
  • Fusion Tables URLs cannot be used at the moment.
  • This is not full Apps Script integration with new Google Sites, so getting the site or page URL, etc,  is not available
  • The embed tool removes any URL parameters from Apps Script URLs so you need to add the information given in the parameters in a different way

Update - New Google Sites - Custom Domain URL (G Suite)

posted 22 Aug 2017, 06:39 by Stephen Hind   [ updated 23 Aug 2017, 02:02 ]

You can now map a web address (custom domain URL) to a new Google Site in G Suite. For full instructions and a full-screen video see Custom Domain URL (G Suite).

Custom Domain URL (G Suite)

Add a domain web address in the G Suite admin panel.

New Google Sites - G Suite - Web address mapping

Limitations

  • Web address mapping is only available for G Suite domains at the moment (not sites created with a personal Google Account or Gmail account)
  • It will take 15 days to roll out to all G Site domains

Capabilities

  • Make your new Google Site appear at your own domain
  • Traffic to your site is secured via SSL (https)

Update - New Google Sites - Duplicate Sections

posted 21 Jul 2017, 01:38 by Stephen Hind   [ updated 22 Aug 2017, 02:57 ]

You can now duplicate sections in new Google Sites on the same page and copy and paste sections across different pages. For full instructions and a full-screen video see Duplicate Sections.

Duplicate Sections

Make a copy of an existing section or copy a section and paste on another page.

New Google Sites - Duplicate sections

Capabilities

  • Duplicate a section on the same page
  • Copy a section on one page and paste the copied section to another page

Update - New Google Sites - Duplicate Page

posted 24 May 2017, 03:58 by Stephen Hind   [ updated 24 May 2017, 03:59 ]

You can now make copies of pages using the Duplicate page feature available on the page three-dot more actions menu. This means you can create pages and use them as page templates.

Duplicate Page

Make a copy of an existing page or make pages you can use as page templates for new pages.

New Google Sites - Duplicate page

Capabilities

  • Copy a page in its entirety
  • Change name before copying
  • Page hierarchy is preserved

Limitations

  • If the source page is hidden from navigation the copy is not (unless a subpage of a hidden page)

Update - New Google Sites - Vertical Grouping

posted 3 May 2017, 07:50 by Stephen Hind   [ updated 9 May 2017, 01:27 ]

Google has announced a new feature to new Google Sites, vertical grouping, and an update on the timeline for migration from classic Google Sites to new and the features you can expect to see in new Google Sites.


Vertical Grouping

Vertically group text, images and other items in new Google Sites. For full instructions see our latest article and video: Vertical Grouping.

New Google Sites - Vertical Grouping

Classic Google Sites Migration and Feature Expectations

Google have provided a more detailed picture of when migration will take place and what needs to happen for migration to be a success (An update on the classic Google Sites deprecation timeline). The important take away from this is Google lists the features you can expect to see in new Google Sites:

  • Site search
  • Limit who can access a published site
  • Something similar to page-level permissions
  • Embed URLs and code
  • Site update notifications
  • More levels of page nesting
  • Corporate themes
  • More text formatting options
  • Domain web address mapping
  • API capabilities

These will all be introduced before classic Sites gets deprecated and when deprecation does occur you will have one year of full operation and then three months of read-only access. This will take place after migration trials have begun to ensure the migration happens smoothly.

Transfer new Google Sites in and out of G Suite with Team Drives

posted 21 Apr 2017, 08:18 by Stephen Hind   [ updated 22 Aug 2017, 03:00 ]


With new Google Sites and Team Drives you can now transfer a new Google Site into and out of a G Suite domain and transfer between G Suite domains. For full instructions see our latest articles and videos: Transfer Ownership.

New Google Sites - Transfer in, out and between G Suite domains

Keep up-to-date

Join the Sites Update Group on the Google Sites Classic Comparison to get email notifications about New Google Sites updates.

Update - New Google Sites - Site logo and Custom Theme Colour

posted 18 Apr 2017, 16:28 by Stephen Hind   [ updated 22 Aug 2017, 03:02 ]


The newest features:
  • Add a site logo to the global header 
  • Set background colour for logo and navigation
  • Pick a theme colour based on site logo
  • Specify a custom theme colour

These features have been released to personal Google Sites and G Suite domains that use the Rapid Release and takes 1-3 days for roll out to complete. For G Suite domains that use Scheduled Release you can expect to begin to see the feature on 02 May 2017.

Add site logo and choose background colour

When you hover your mouse over the page header you get an Add logo option where you can upload or select a logo for your site that will appear in the navigation area of the site see Site Logo.

New Google Sites - Site logo

Custom theme colour

Once you upload a logo you can Edit logo to pick a colour based on the logo. Alternatively you can pick any accent colour for the site from the Theme panel and then use the custom colour picker: Custom Theme Colour.

New Google Sites - Custom theme colour

Update - New Google Sites - Calendars and Team Drive

posted 20 Mar 2017, 11:23 by Stephen Hind   [ updated 22 Aug 2017, 03:06 ]


The newest features:
  • Insert multiple calendars in one display
  • Saved changes notification
  • Insert from Team Drive
  • Team Drive sharing

These features have been released to personal Google Sites and G Suite domains that use the Rapid Release and takes 1-3 days for roll out to complete. For G Suite domains that use Scheduled Release you can expect to begin to see the feature on 02 May 2017.

Insert multiple calendars

When you choose more than one calendar to display instead of multiple calendar embed boxes appearing in your site you now see all calendars in one display. For more detailed instructions see Insert Calendars.

New Google Sites - Insert Calendars

Saved changes notification

When Google Sites automatically saves your pages you now get the same notification as the rest of the Google Drive editors. 

New Google Sites - Saved Changes Notification

Insert from Team Drive

See how to insert resources stored in Team Drives, or the Team Drive itself, in our instructions: Insert from Team Drive.

New Google Sites - Insert from Team Drive

Team drive sharing

Compare the differences of sharing permissions added from Team Drive and directly from Google Sites: Team drive sharing.

New Google Sites - Team Drive sharing

Update - New Google Sites - Dividers

posted 24 Feb 2017, 02:42 by Stephen Hind   [ updated 27 Feb 2017, 08:51 ]

We've spotted a new feature, Dividers, in new Google Sites and a change in the way you add Google Drive folders.

Dividers

On the Insert panel on the right there's a new section, Components, and in that you can now choose to add a Divider. This is simply a horizontal line to give a more visual way of splitting up your page.

New Google Sites - Add Dividers

How dividers work

  • The divider always takes the Emphasis background colour of the section immediately above it.
    • If the section above uses a custom background image the divider will take the Standard emphasis background colour.
    • A divider immediately below the page header uses white as its background colour.
  • You cannot change the background colour of the divider.

To see some dividers on a page see our example new Google Site http://horizon.steegle.com/

Insert Google Drive Folders

Google has removed the Drive folder option from the Google Drive section of the Insert panel and you now add a folder by selecting the folder you want in the From Drive option instead.

New Google Sites - Add folder From drive

Keep up-to-date

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