Intranet Comparison: Interact vs Google Sites

What is Interact?

  • Interact is an enterprise-grade intranet solution that specializes in improving collaboration and internal communication to improve the employee experience.

  • Best for enterprise and medium-sized companies.

  • Just like any other intranets, it allows users to create personal pages, forms, workflows, teams, and forums.

  • Other features include social capabilities, notifications, broadcasts, profile badges, recognition, rewards, and many more.

  • Interact supports an intuitive internet design and mobile apps for Android and iOs that give users the flexibility to connect anywhere, anytime, using any smartphone or tablet.

What is Google Sites?

  • Google Sites is the website building app from Google Workspace. It is used by many organisations to create internal websites for departments as well as corporate Intranets.

  • This site, Steegle.com, is built wholly on Google Sites.

  • Google Sites allows users to easily create websites without any background knowledge in programming or web development. It part of Google Workspace's Google Docs Editor family i.e. Sheets, Slides, Drawings, and Docs.

  • If you’re familiar with Wix, Squarespace or WordPress you may notice that they are somewhat similar to Google Sites, but the emphasis of those tools are public websites, rather than private intranets. Google Sites, however, gives the secure and private authentication offered by Google Workspace so it provides a seamless experience for Google Workspace users.

  • If you use Google Workspace already then you will find Google Sites easy to use, due to its familiarity with the other Google Workspace apps. Google Sites offers the same sharing model you are used to in Google Drive, so you can avoid any security concerns due to Google Workspace's industry-leading security.

  • Google Sites offers the basic and fundamental features for most websites but lacks essential functionality for that many organisations need on an intranet. Steegle offers a very particular set of tools to provide a fully fledged Intranet via our Springboard Intranet solution.

Key Features of Interact

Interact incorporates a rich feature set to provide employees with information about their organisation. Some of its features include:

  • Chat/Messaging

  • Discussion boards

  • Search capabilities

  • Third-party integration

      • Google Workspace

      • Microsoft 365

      • Slack, Salesforce, Zendesk, Workday, SAP Concur, and servicenow

  • Workflow management

  • Reporting and statistics

  • Single-Sign On (SSO)

  • File sharing

  • Employee directory

  • Employee On

  • Task management

  • Knowledgebase

  • Document management

  • Interact offers an AI-powered content analysis that encourage authors to build a progressive and positive language into their contents.

  • Employees or users are allowed to customize their intranet experience to boost engagement

  • Supports over 60 languages.

Interact Pricing vs Google Sites Pricing

Interact Pricing

  • Interact has not provided pricing information for their product and services.

  • Price is available with a quote.

Google Sites Pricing

  • Google Sites is Free if you have Google Workspace!

  • If you use add-on tools, that a company like Steegle provides in Steegle Springboard, incurs license fees.

  • Springboard license fees are a tiny fraction of Interact - to get a tailored quote for your situation get a quote.

Google Sites for Intranets - Features

Content Management

  • Managing content on Google Site is easy and often self-explanatory.

  • You can add and duplicate pages, hide pages, and archive pages.

  • Embedding document is easy and fun.

  • Edit who can access and edit contents

Media Management

  • Users can easily add:

    • images,

    • videos,

    • complex text.

  • Users can also:

    • Move, edit, resize and drag images.

    • Create a responsive design with a grid layout.

Security

  • You can view and edit users who can access certain pages. Unauthorized users will not be able to access or make edits on your intranet.

Integrations

  • Seamlessly integrate with Google apps such as Docs, Sheets, Drawing, and Presentation.

Google Sites for Intranets - Limitations

Like any tool or application, Google Sites has some limitations. The following list shows some of the most popular concerns from users:

No Employee Engagement

  • People Directory - No simple way to create an employee directory nor an organisational chart.

  • Employee Recognition - Google Sites does not offer any tools to help you recognise and reward those who have gone the extra mile or if you want to spotlight someone for their achievements.

No News or Announcements

  • Summaries - Google Sites doesn;t summarise recent updates

  • Centralised Tool - there's no tool to allow you to post once and update in various locations

Poor File, Document and Folder Handling

  • Folder Hierarchy - opening a folder takes you to Google Drive

  • Search and Sort - Sites doesn't search your embedded Drive content nor can you sort the list of items

Poor Calendar DIsplay

  • Google Calendar - antiquated displays are not intranet friendly

The Solution?

All of these shortfalls are addressed by Steegle in our comprehensive Springboard Intranet platform.

Feature Comparison Table

Limitations of Interact

  • Complex - commentators say some features are not user-friendly and complicated for us

  • Price- it's expensive and the price is only available with a quote

  • Data - The data does not reside in your existing Google tenant and will be subject to Interact security

What is Springboard Intranet for Google Sites?

  • Springboard is an added value intranet solution for Google Workspace that is made using Google Apps Script embedded in Google Sites by Steegle.com.

  • Springboard allows you to easily build engaging and compelling intranets based on Google Sites.

  • Addition, Steegle-developed, low-maintenance productivity tools to make your intranet more efficient and effective. Some of the Steegle extensions you can use on your intranet are:

    • Steegle News - comprehensive news management tool;

    • Steegle People - employee directory and org charts based on your Google Workspace directory;

    • Steegle Heroes - employee recognition tool;

    • Steegle Schedule - consistent calendar display.

  • Steegle Share - a powerful way of searching and sharing files and templates from a library

  • Steegle Affinity - creation of automatically subscribed employee affinity groups within Springboard

Steegle People for Google Workspace Logo

Steegle People
for Google Workspace

Searchable staff directory for Google Workspace, with real-time search results, that automatically generates org charts to show your organisation structure - Steegle People.
Steegle Share for Google Drive Logo

Steegle Share
for Google Drive

If the standard Google Drive Folder embed does not give you everything you need, take a look at the Steegle Share for Google Drive that offers search, sorting, download links and more...
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Steegle News
for Google Sites

Display headlines, snippets and metadata linked to your news articles and blog pages on your Google Site and filter by tags added to the news gadget. See the Steegle News Gadget.

Steegle Heroes
for Google Workspace

Employee recognition system: Steegle Heroes allows you to thank and recognise your colleagues, coworkers and employees spotlight a hero as an Employee of the month.

So… How do you create a Google Sites intranet?

Great question! Steegle is a Google Cloud Partner and has been using Google Sites since 2008. We have developed intranets for large and small organisations with a friendly team using built-in powerful robust and scalable Google Technology as well as our own specially adapted software widgets to make the intranet fly - become a hub of activity where people will want to come back to for years to come.

We can get basic sites customised exactly to your brand and house style within 5-days. You can use our templates for page structures that make sense (being based on the Nielsen Norman ideals of an effective Intranet) as a starting for your organisation without the need for complex wireframes or project planning. We’ll also be by your side as you start the big task of populating the system and setting it up to fit your company’s culture, and you can get user feedback on your draft site to quickly adapted and change it to meet their needs.

Step one is to get in touch with us so that we can give you a walkthrough of our system. Book a demo to kickstart the process!

Looking for an intranet solution for Google Workspace?

Since 2008, we here at Steegle.com have been delivering intranet development solutions for Google Sites. We have developed Steegle Springboard intranet system which builds directly to Google Sites for Google Workspace.

As a certified Google Cloud Partner, we specialize in Google Workspace based solutions. Give us a call at US +1 (302) 672 3007 or UK +44 (207) 871 502 or contact us today to view a demo of our intranet solutions, and see how it can help increase employee productivity and save time and money. Click below to learn more about the Springboard Intranet solution.

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