How to Create a Wiki With Google Sites

Use a template to create a site quickly

In early 2020 Google released an update to Google Sites. This new version does not offer templates. The old "classic" version, referenced in this article, still does. As of April 2020, you're free to use either the new or the classic version.

Creating a wiki using Google Sites is an easy process. As a web application, Google Sites offers customizable templates for quick setup.

Google Sites offers dozens of wiki templates, and most were developed by end-users and contributed to the template index. This article demonstrates the default Wiki template offered by Google, which hasn't been updated in many years. Browse the template gallery for alternatives that offer a modern look. Installation instructions are the same for all templates, although configuration options differ.

Use the Template

To use the wiki template that Google Sites provides, log in to your account, then open the link to the Project Wiki template. Select Use Template. After it's installed, personalize the wiki to represent your team with pictures, fonts, and color schemes.

Google Project Wiki with the Use Template button highlighted

Name the Site

Select a title for the wiki, which is entered for the site name. Click Create, then save your work. The name shortens as the URL to the wiki, although you're free to select a different URL destination.

The Sites screen with the Create button highlighted

Technically, you have completed the initial set up for a wiki. The next steps will give you more understanding of how to make changes and add to the wiki.

Pages are automatically saved every few minutes, but it's a good practice to save your work. Revisions are saved so you can roll back if needed. Access your revision history from the More page actions menu.

Create a Page

To create a page, select New Page. There are different page types (such as page, list, and file cabinet). Type the name and choose the placement of the page, either at the top level or under Home.

Create a Wiki Page, Half Time Wings

After you set up the page, click Create. Placeholders display on the page for text, images, gadgets, and other elements, which you can insert. Also, at the bottom, the page enables Comments, a feature that you can customize. Save your work.

Edit and Add Page Elements

The wiki template offers many elements that can be placed on the page. Typical commands to modify these elements include:

  • Edit Page: Select Edit page, then select the page area you want to work with. An edit menu and toolbar appears in edit mode.
  • Add to Navigation: At the bottom of the sidebar, select Edit sidebar. Under the sidebar label, click Edit, then choose Add page. Move pages up and down on the navigation. Then select OK. Save your work.
  • Add a Gadget: Gadgets perform a dynamic function, like displaying an interactive calendar. Select Edit page, then choose Insert/Gadgets. Scroll through the list and select Google Calendar. Customize the appearance as desired. Save your work.
Add a Google Calendar gadget

Control Access to Your Site

On the More Actions menu, control access to your site. Select Sharing and Permissions.

  • Public: If your site is public, add access for people to edit pages on your site. Choose More Actions and then Share this Site.
  • Private: Add people and choose the level of site access: is owner, can edit, or can view. Share access to your site with a group of people through Google Groups. Non-public users must sign in with their Google account after receiving an invitation to access the site.

Send invitations by email through Sharing and Permissions.

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