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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 http://sites.google.com/site; to do this for a non-Google Apps Google Site see http://sites.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?answer=99450&topic=15219

Root URL

If you change the root URL for Google Sites in the Google Apps control panel from:
sites.google.com/a/example.com to sites.example.com it means that when you go to sites.example.com you will get the login screen to edit and create sites: this does not mean that if you have a site at: sites.google.com/a/example.com/name it will be available at sites.example.com/name; the sites.example.com 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:
sites.google.com/a/example.com/name and you made a mapping of "name" to that site then
name.example.com will take you directly to that site (but sites.example.com/name would not) and if you had a subpage called "subpage" of the page "page" then
name.example.com/page/subpage would take you to
sites.google.com/a/example.com/name/page/subpage

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

Example

This site has a Web Address Mapping of "www" hence the address of http://www.steegle.com, but its Google Sites address is http://sites.google.com/a/steegle.com/steegle.  I have also set my root URL for Google Sites for this domain as http://sites.steegle.com but if you visit there you will be asked to sign in as it's the same as going to http://sites.steegle.com/a/steegle.com, 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 sites.google.com/site, so I updated the article.
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