What Is Google Sites and Why Use It?

A Brief Look at One of Google's Powerful Apps

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Heard of Google Sites, but not quite sure what it is or if it's for you? This is a Google app that's seen a pretty major revamp just recently, so if you looked into it in the past, it may look quite different today.

If you already use other Google products and find them useful, Google Sites might just be another one to add to your digital toolbox. Here's what you need to know about it.

An Intro to Google Sites

Google Sites is an app that's part of Google's Apps for Work.

Other apps that are included are Gmail, Hangouts, Google+, Docs, Sheets and more. Apps for Work offers a free trial for those who wish to check it out, after which they'll be charged $5 a month or $10 a month for unlimited storage and access to the Vault feature.

If you're not interested in paying for Apps for Work, learn how to create a free website from scratch or check out these free blogging platforms that are just as good for website creation.

What Google Sites Allows You to Do

Google Sites allows you to create a website without having to know how to code it yourself. It falls under the Collaborative category in Google's Apps for Work, meaning that you can get other Google users in on the website creation process too, which is what makes it so powerful and such a valuable tool for teams.

Like other platforms such as WordPress.com and Tumblr, Google Sites has site builder features that make it easy and intuitive to design your site the way you want.

You can also add "gadgets" like calendars, maps, spreadsheets, presentations and more to make your site more functional. Choose a theme and customize it any way you want for a professional looking site that looks and functions great across all desktop and mobile screens.

If you don't already have an account with Google's Apps for Work, you'll be asked to create one before you can set up your Google Site.

Once you've done that, you'll be asked to use your own domain that you purchased from a domain registrar. If you don't have one, you'll be given the opportunity purchase one to move forward.

Why Use Google Sites?

Given the endless possibilities there are to really make Google Sites your own, you could use it for practically anything. You may find that other platforms may be more appropriate, like Shopify or Etsy, for example, if you were planning on setting up an online shop, but you'd have to use both Google Sites and those platforms to determine for yourself whether one is better than the other in terms of what best suits your style and needs.

If you have a large team you work with, you may want to consider using Google Sites to build an intranet for communication purposes. The great thing about Google Sites is that you get to choose who can and can't access your Site. Whether you want external visitors to be able to visit your Site or you want to give collaborative editing privileges to certain users, you can easily do that with just a few clicks.

If you're interested in looking at more collaborative online platforms that can support your team's productivity while keeping everything organized, make sure to check out our review of Trello.

Updated by: Elise Moreau

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