Deprecation Timeline classic Google Sites
Find out how long your classic Google Sites will exist before Google closes classic Google Sites
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Deprecation Timeline for classic Google Sites
Google has given two roadmaps for the deprecation of classic Google Sites, the migration process and conversion tool to get you to new Google Sites, and the impending closure of classic Google Sites. Here we summarise all the information that Google has provided to help give a coherent overview of what you can expect and when you might expect to see it.
Migration to new Google Sites available until the end of 2021
Due to customer feedback Google has realised that classic Sites still offers unique value not currently offered in new Google Sites. Google, therefore, needs time to add more of the missing features to new Sites and will continue maintain core classic Sites functionality until end of year 2021.
Some classic Google Sites features will stop working
Classic Google Sites was originally released in February 2008, yes 11 years ago at the time of writing, and its infrastructure and integrations with other products and gadgets are quickly becoming outdated so some classic Sites features will either stop working or work differently. We can see this happening already due to the closure of Google+ embedded Google+ posts will not display in classic Sites (any website in fact). You should expect to see similar changes to features over the next three years as other Google products get updated and classic Sites gets left behind.
New Features will appear in new Google Sites
Google never wants to over-promise what new features may appear, and never gives any indication when the new features will become available, but Google has provided some examples of what you will see in new Sites. The summary list of announced features we have made on this page is formed from the two roadmap announcements from the G Suite Updates Blog:
- Updated roadmap for classic and new Google Sites - January 28, 2019
- An update on the classic Google Sites deprecation timeline - May 2, 2017
and the video released at the Google Sites breakout session, presented by Eric Birnbaum Google Sites Product Manager, during the Google Cloud Next '19 global conference in April 2019 (on the right or below depending on your screen width).
Future of Google Sites (Cloud Next '19) Video
Previously Announced Features - Available Now
The features below are available to all and ready to use in new Google Sites:
- Domain web address mapping (launched for G Suite August 2017)
- Site search (launched September 2017)
- Embed URLs (launched September 2017)
- More levels of page nesting (launched October 2017)
- Embed Code (launched December 2017)
- Limit who can access a published site (launched January 2018)
- Assign Custom URL (launched for personal Sites August 2018)
- Table of Contents (launched February 2019)
Previously Announced Features - Still Pending
The features listed below have been announced in the past and we still await for them to appear in new Google Sites:
- API capabilities including Google Apps Script integration
- Something similar to page-level permissions
- Google's January 2019 Roadmap update did not include this
- Site update notifications
- Corporate branding
- More text formatting options
Recently Announced Features - Still Pending
New Features are formatted in bold and our comments are in italic :
- Site Templates - both Google-provided site templates and custom site templates for G Suite users to help create sites more quickly
- Better integration with other G Suite products - we have no idea what this actually means but it's welcome nonetheless
- New page elements, like image carousels and collapsable text - we're sure this will bring a smile to many Google Sites Owners
- Increased size limits - very much needed as some site owners are trapped with new Google Sites that are too large or cannot migrate classic Sites that exceed the current limits
- Informed publishing - the ability to see what’s changed between the previous published version and current draft of a site.
- Revision History - we have lobbied Google heavily for this feature as it's vital since new Google Sites offers real-time collaboration
- Editor comments - just like in Google Docs you can collaborate with other editors by sharing comments on the edit process.
- Richer and more comprehensive search from within a site - those are Google's exact words but we sincerely hope this would mean indexing embedded Google Drive content in the site search results
- Google Vault support for content from new Sites
- Site badge - see when the site was last updated and contact the owner
- Cloud Search - add a CloudSearch widget to search for content in all of G Suite not just the site (CloudSearch is only available for G Suite Business, Enterprise so this feature will not be available for all)
Improved Migration Process and Conversion Tool
As Google expands the features and functionality of new Google Sites Google will develop improvements to the migration tool and conversion process to help make the migration from classic Sites to new Sites easier.
Steegle Migration Service
If you need help with migrating your classic Google Site to new Google Sites we can provide advice on whether new Google Sites will meet your needs, manually convert your classic Site to new Sites or help clean up an automatic conversion.