How to Set Up a New Google Sites Website

The newly designed interface is easier to work with

Using Google Sites
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In 2008 Google launched Google Sites to serve as a free web hosting solution for Google users, similar to Wordpress.com, Blogger, and other free blogging platforms. The company received criticism for the difficulty of working with the interface; as a result, in late 2016 Google's overhauled Google Sites went live with a redesign. Websites created under the original Sites are designated as Classic Google Sites, while sites created under the redesigned Google Sites are identified as New Google Sites. 

How to Set Up a New Google Sites Website

The newly redesigned interface is much easier to work with. Although you can still work with the Classic site, and Google is promising a migration option to move from Classic to New, if you are planning a new website with Google, it makes more sense to use the redesigned New Google Sites. 

  1. Open either the Chrome or Firefox browser.

  2. Log in to your Google account and go to the Google Sites homepage.

  3. In the bottom-right corner of the screen, select Create new site (the colorful plus sign).

    New Google Sites new site screen
  4. Select the text in the Your page title text box and type a title for your website. Use the toolbar above the title text to change the appearance of the text.

    New Google Sites page title screen
  5. In the right pane, select Insert to add content to your site. Select Text box to create text, Images to add an image, Embed to import an element from another website, or From Drive to import a document from your Google Drive.

    New Google Sites Insert tab functions
  6. In the Layouts section, select one of the options to change the way elements are arranged on the page.

    Below the Layouts section, you'll find options to insert YouTube videos, maps, charts, and other elements.

  7. To change characteristics of an element, place the cursor inside the box and use the toolbar that appears. Use these tools to change the text typeface or size, move content around, or crop photos.

  8. In the right pane, select Themes to change the page font and color theme.

    New Google Sites Themes tab
  9. In the right pane, select Pages to add additional pages to your site. 

    New Google Sites Pages tab functions
  10. To preview your site, go the toolbar in the upper-right corner of the screen and select Preview (computer monitor + mobile device).

    New Google Sites preview function

    You can view your website as it appears on a computer monitor, mobile device, or tablet.

  11. In the preview screen toolbar, select Exit preview.

  12. To create a name for your site, in the upper-left corner of the screen, select the text in the Site document name field. The text in this field displays "Untitled Site." Type the name you want to use for your website.

    New Google Sites site document name field
  13. When you're satisfied with your site, in the upper-right corner of the screen, select Publish. Follow the prompts in the dialog box, then select Publish again.

  14. You can keep working or come back later to add more content. To change the arrangement of the pages within your site, use the Pages tab on the right pane. Drag and drop pages to move them around, or select the menu (three-dot) icon next to each page name to see a list of options.

    New Google Sites page management menu

    For best results, when editing your website in New Google sites, work from a computer, not from a mobile device.

  15. Congratulations, you just created your first New Google Sites web page.