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What is an Independent Intranet?

There are several kinds of intranet platforms, making it difficult for some organizations to choose which one to implement.

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Independent intranets have built-in tools and features that don’t depend on any platform like Google or Microsoft. Some examples of independent intranet platforms are Unily, Interact, and LumApps. Many organizations are impressed with the features and products of independent intranets because they help improve internal communication and collaboration among team members.

The downsides of using independent intranets are costly, challenging to use, unreliable when synchronising data from your workspace platform, and implementation takes too much time.

Luckily, you have the alternative to use Steegle which runs on Google Sites. Although Google-based intranets are not independent intranets, Steegle has developed unique tools that make a Google-based intranet functional like an independent intranet.

Building Powerful Intranets with Steegle

Excellent User Experience

Google Sites only offer 6 basic themes at the moment. Because of this, many organizations turn away from using Google Sites in building their intranets. That’s why we came up with a solution. Steegle offers tailored and flexible branding and an excellent user experience across devices. We have a variety of out-of-the-box templates for your Google Sites intranet. Whilst, with some independent intranet platforms, you need to stick to a standard template, leaving you little room for customization.


If you want themes tailored to your organization’s needs and branding, we can help you design and develop a new theme that can only be used by your website.

Different templates developed and designed by Steegle

Company-Wide Newsfeed

An intranet is not complete without a functional news feature. Google Sites doesn’t offer any kind of news or announcement tool, which means there’s no way for you to highlight news snippets on your website. That’s why Steegle developed a scrollable and filterable news gadget for Google Sites. Our news gadget can display:


  • Snippets and headlines with a link

  • Metadata including tags, source, author, and date published

  • News from multiple RSS feeds

  • Thumbnail or background cover photo

A screenshot of the newsfeed from Springboard Intranet

A screenshot of the newsfeed from Springboard Intranet

Intuitive Search Capabilities

One of the reasons why organizations invest in intranets is to make their employees’ day-to-day tasks easier and faster. When users can instantly search for the information they need, it boosts productivity. Google Sites has a search function that allows users to search for page content.

People Directory and Org Charts

The people directory is the heart and an essential part of your company intranet. A people directory stores the name, contact information, department, and job title of employees in the organization. It may also include much more interesting feels to make your Internet into a people database. For example, you can include:

  • Skills

  • Sector specific qualifications

  • Education Institute

  • Hobbies and interests

  • Offices locations

  • Working Hours

  • Teams membership

  • Affinity groups.


Steegle People is a tool a modern people directory that allows you to search for users and automate org charts. This tool integrates with your Google contacts web app into your intranet or employee experience platform (EXP) to sort and find each user’s reporting relationships in the management structure.

A screenshot of the employee directory from Springboard Intranet

A screenshot of the employee directory from Springboard Intranet

Employee Service Tools

Another important feature of an intranet is having employee service tools such as forms, employee recognition, training, and a virtual suggestion box. With the help of our unique tools, your Google Sites intranet can have these features just like in any independent intranet.


Steegle Heroes for Google Workspace is an employee recognition software built by Steegle. It allows you to recognize individuals or team members and link them to their employee profiles. You can also award badges to users or display photos highlighting their achievements.


It is also important to value your employees’ suggestions and opinions. The best and easiest way to do this is by implementing a virtual suggestion box. Check out the Benefits of a Suggestion Box in the Workplace.

Screenshots of the employee service tools from Springboard Intranet

Article by Maria Gabrielle