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What classic Google Sites features you can see in new Google Sites

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About this comparison

This page serves as a guide to show the features that are available in classic Google Sites compared to the new Google Sites released in November 2016. We will update this page over time when new features are released but to ensure you find out as soon as possible then please sign up to the Sites Update Group.

When you see a link in the comparison it will take you to an article or video of how to use that feature in new Google Sites.

We look forward to updating the comparison with lots of new features as Google introduces them.

General

1 If you use Chrome you can try requesting the desktop version of the site and try the editor to see if it works for you on your device.

2 Web address mapping is only available to G Suite based Google Sites at the moment.

3 If you have a custom domain web address mapping the search results use the sites.google.com URL and the search results will not contain content from embedded Google Drive items like Google Docs, PDFs or Word Documents.

4 You can use the Copy Site feature to give something similar to site templates.

Google has announced that the following features will become available for new Google Sites

  • Search a site
  • Notifications of site updates
  • Custom web addresses
  • API capabilities

see An update on the classic Google Sites deprecation timeline for the exact wording.

Sharing, Permissions and Visibility

1 You need to use the Publishing option to get the same feature

2 You can only publish the whole site, not individual pages, and you can only publish to the primary domain, not any secondary domains.

3 You can only have one owner of a site, not multiple owners of a site, and domain admins are not automatically owners of sites.

4 Team Drives are only available to G Suite Business and Enterprise customers.

Google has announced that the following features will become available for new Google Sites

  • Restrict access to published sites
  • More granular access to different sections of sites

see An update on the classic Google Sites deprecation timeline for the exact wording.

Themes, Colours and Fonts

Google has announced that the following features will become available for new Google Sites

  • Corporate themes

see An update on the classic Google Sites deprecation timeline for the exact wording.

Navigation, Pages and Attachments

1 You can upload to Google Drive, share appropriately and embed or link to instead

2 New Google Sites page properties only offers a custom path (URL)

3 You can add third-party commenting tools like Disqus

4 Google has updated the Google Drive Help Centre to explain the limits - "Google Sites (new): Up to 200,000 characters per page, and up to 1000 pages (max 10 million characters)." - see Files you can store in Google Drive. We have tested the limits and these appear to be inaccurate.

Google has announced that the following features will become available for new Google Sites

  • Notifications of site updates
  • Create larger sites, including deeper hierarchy

see An update on the classic Google Sites deprecation timeline for the exact wording.

Site Layout

Editing and Embedding

1 Team Drives are only available to G Suite Business and Enterprise customers.

2 This is not full Apps Script integration with new Sites, just the ability to embed a web app.

3 New Google Sites allows far more embed code than classic Sites' more restrictive HTML Box. HTML Box in classic Sites does not allow use of JavaScript or CSS in externally referenced files, whereas in new Sites the embed code tool does allow this. Since you can reference external JavaScript and CSS files this removes the need for gadget creation.

4 We cannot foresee new Google Sites ever getting HTML editing so please take a look at the embed code tool.

Google has announced that the following features will become available for new Google Sites

  • Embed URLs and code in sites
  • More text formatting options

see An update on the classic Google Sites deprecation timeline for the exact wording.

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