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Google Sites - Changing URLs (web addresses)

posted 7 Aug 2008 06:37 by Stephen Hind   [ updated 21 Jan 2010 23:27 ]

I've noticed there's a bit of confusion about changing the URLs of Google Sites, so I thought I would create an article to help explain my understanding.  This information only applies to Google Apps integrated Google Sites, not sites found at; to do this for a non-Google Apps Google Site see

Root URL

If you change the root URL for Google Sites in the Google Apps control panel from: to it means that when you go to you will get the login screen to edit and create sites: this does not mean that if you have a site at: it will be available at; the is just a redirect to the Google Sites login.

Web Address Mapping

If you apply a mapped URL to a site that's different kettle of fish: the mapped URL will take you to that site and the site will appear at that URL, so all of your pages appear at the URL e.g if you had a site at: and you made a mapping of "name" to that site then will take you directly to that site (but would not) and if you had a subpage called "subpage" of the page "page" then would take you to

For full instructions on how to make a web address mapping see question 3 of my Google Sites FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions).


This site has a Web Address Mapping of "www" hence the address of, but its Google Sites address is  I have also set my root URL for Google Sites for this domain as but if you visit there you will be asked to sign in as it's the same as going to, which is the landing page to edit and create sites for my domain.

This page, therefore, can be found at:

Update: no sooner had I wrote this article did Google Sites release Web Address Mapping for Google Sites at, so I updated the article.