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Google Sites - Changing URLs (web addresses)

posted 7 Aug 2008, 06:37 by Stephen Hind   [ updated 9 May 2014, 07:27 by Sam Smullen ]

We've noticed there's a bit of confusion about changing the URLs of Google Sites, so we thought we would create an article to help explain our 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 our 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.  we have also set our 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 our domain.

This page, therefore, can be found at:

Update: no sooner had we written this article did Google Sites release Web Address Mapping for Google Sites at sites.google.com/site, so we updated the article.

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