Intranet Best Practice and FAQs
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What makes a good company intranet?
What's an intranet?
Intranets, sometimes called Employee Experience Platforms (EXP) or Employee Portals, Employee wikis, Employee Self Service (ESS), etc, are an important part of the digital workplace in an organisation. They enhance internal knowledge sharing by signposting the different digital (and physical) facilities, documents and services.
Think of it as the reception in a building where you will find guidance about digital information pertaining to the company it serves, or helps collaborators find documentation about specific roles and processes.
Make Google Sites
the Virtual Head Office to your Business
What should a great intranet do?
What's the true value of having an intranet?
The true benefits of having an intranet are not the technical aspects of what people can do with it. Your CEO is not that concerned about the fact “the intranet promotes collaboration” or that “the intranet helps to manage content better”.
In various surveys most intranet power-users agree that intranets must support three equally important business drivers:
Development and improvement of services, products, and business processes.
Delivering and producing current products and services efficiently.
Enabling collaborators to get better results and increasing employee awareness of company goals.
How can intranets support innovation, operations, and employee engagement?
Drive change management.
Ensure improvements and organisational changes are implemented more expeditiously, also that the responsibilities and roles impacted by the changes are clearly defined.
Transform organisations into change-responsive and highly adaptable teams.
Communicate consistent business processes to the organisation.
How to start designing your intranet
Generate User Engagement: Create a posting/update calendar to keep the site content alive and up to date.
Typical Elements that Employee Experience Platforms (EXP) Intranets can have
Intranet pitfalls to watch out for!
Where can you build an intranet?
How do you build an intranet?
Do you need to know code in order to do it? Is there any reliable tool or service that you can use that won't take you too long to learn? Is there any reputable provider you can refer to?
The answer is YES...
Google Sites can give a great intranet
Why Google Sites?
Top tips for creating a Google Sites intranet
If you don't have a Google account, create one or subscribe to Google Workspace. Contact Steegle!
Keep in mind most Google Services can be tied to Google Sites pretty seamlessly thanks to its integration with Google Workspace and help you achieve your specific goals with ease.
Don't forget your team can collaborate in the creation of your intranet. New Google Sites can be shared with other users just like Drive files.
Use as a repository of Google documents and files.
Keep your design simple and straightforward and take advantage of how easy it is to navigate Google Sites.
Define the basic settings for your intranet from the start.
You can preview your intranet and make sure it looks good. Display it in its published desktop, phone, and tablet versions with the click of a button.
Do not avoid reading about Google Sites, its capabilities, limitations, and best practices. You must understand how it works. The Google Sites training and help site can be a great starting point.
Do not be over ambitious and try to do too many pages at once. An iterative approach is much better.
Don't compare Google Sites to other drag-and-drop website builders.
Don't expect to deeply manipulate HTML, CSS, or PHP natively. If you need added value you should turn to experts.
Is Google Sites secure?
Google designed Google Workspace to meet stringent privacy and security standards. Google Sites is thus secured in the same way.
Google used industry best practices with strong contractual commitments regarding data ownership, data use, security, transparency and accountability.
For example: Google Sites complies with:
ISO/IEC 27001 , ISO/IEC 27017, ISO/IEC 27018
SOC 2/3, SOC 2/3, FedRAMP, PCI DSS
FISC compliance, Esquema Nacional de Seguridad (ENS) – Spain
HIPAA, EU Model Contract Clauses, General Data Protection Regulation
US FERPA, COPPA, South Africa's POPI Act
However perhaps the nicest thing is that while all the security standards do exist at the back-end 'brains', from the end user perspective, security is relatively straightforward! Users are able to work at home or in any location without the need for complex VPN setups which typically are difficult to handle and support.
We note that the U.S. State Department, NASA and the Army, as well as the Prime Ministers Office in the UK use Google Workspace.
Google guarantee of uptime percentage in their service level agreement is at greater than 99.9%
Does Google Sites have any limitations?
As any tool or application, Google Sites has some limitations. The following list shows some of the most popular concerns from users:
Limited customisation on themes.
Limited number of templates to choose from.
Google Drive Folder embed option does not give everything you need (e.g. no searching or sorting).
No simple way to create an employee directory or organisational chart.
No built-in social media integration.
Google Sites does not offer a news gadget.
Steegle solutions to enhance Google Sites
Steegle People for Google Workspace
Organisation chart and searchable staff directory for Google Workspace that automatically generates org charts to show your organisation structure and real-time search results. Check the Steegle People for Google Workspace solution.
No other intranet systems have these people power features!
Steegle Flow for Automation
Workflow for Google Drive uses a customised Google Drive interface to give extra tools for the documents you want to approve and process through a structured workflow. Steegle Flow provides a secure framework and responsive system to for workflow so your organisation can approve documents, like purchase orders, policies procedures etc.
Companies that use Google Workspace & Sites
Google workspace is used by millions of users every day. Google Sites is used by clients like
Governments - US Locals and National State and Federal Departments, UK Government like the Cabinet Office and Department of Health
Supermarkets like Morrisons and Ocado
Hi-tech companies e.g. Deliveroo and Stay
Professional companies like Pricewaterhouse Coopers
Car companie like Jaguar Land Rover
Distributors e.g Travis Perkins
Media companies like The Financial Times, The Guardian
Can I use Google sites on mobile devices?
Paid-for alternatives to Google Sites for intranets
Not only is Google Sites easy to use, using Google sites as an Internet solution is very cost-effective.
There are a number of tools on the market use for intranets outside of Google Sites , for example:
Facebook for Business (Workplace)
or even just using Wordpress or Joomla
These are all reasonable alternatives. However, the main disadvantage with all of these tools is that they tend to be complex to implement, slow to setup and very expensive to run when compared with Google Sites (which is essentially free with Workspace). Google Sites requires no special setup, can enable end users to actively engage and can be managed remotely every time a member of the team opens up a Google Chrome browser.
Save 80%+ using Google Sites for an intranet?
Google Sites Cost vs other Intranet platforms less than 25% of the cost
Example1 : 500 Users
= $144,000 total costs over 3 Years ($48k/Annum)
Example 2 : 500 Users
= $90,000 total costs over 3 Years ($30k/Annum)
Steegle Google Sites ***
500 Users on Google Workspace
= c.$15,000 total over 3 years ($5K/annum)
Pricing Info *c$8/Yr/User minimum 2021 **c $5/Yr/User 2021 ***Including Steegle Utilities People Directory - Steegle Share - Steegle News etc
***Platforms will have implementation set-up costs
Should I choose Google Sites over Confluence?
Confluence is a great product for people who use Jira software development tools. However, most experts agree that it is not designed out of the box as an intranet, and it doesn't feature well as an easy to use enjoyable intranet tool. As Google Sites is essentially free, relatively easy to learn and far more engaging visually, there are good reasons to choose it over Atlassian Confluence, even if you use Confluence for technology projects.
How do I see more Google Intranet Designs?
Google Sites Designs for your Intranet
At Steegle.com we love to develop and design your innovative and responsive professional intranets using Google Sites, renovate existing intrantes, and migrate non-Google Workspace intrantes over to Google Sites. If you want a unique theme for new Google Sites then see our Intranet Designs.
Unrivalled intranet reliability with Google Sites
Google Sites takes advantage of working in the cloud, Google's reliability (99.9% uptime availability), and no hosting fees. If you're interested in an intranet built on Google Cloud's let our intranet solutions team know your needs.
Need Google Sites Intranet Services?
If you want to get a particular theme designed for your Google Site then let the expert Google Sites web designers know and we can build your website.
How long does a Steegle intranet project work?
Typical Engagement Scenario
Discovery - We gather your requirements in a video call
Quote - We provide a statement for work for the project
Your preferences - After signoff you will provide prerequisites (logos colours, priotu pages
Development & Timings - It takes c.4 weeks for development which will comprises of a number of revisions and add-ons if required. If your project has multiple stakeholders you should allow more time for internal dialogue and communication.
Training is provided before project handover
Support - We then support your intranet according to your requirements