A new version of Google Sites was introduced to users this month and features a simpler, more efficient “Drag and Drop” style of editing and plenty of new design features. While a new version has been introduced, classic Sites will continue to exist in parallel as Google continues to add capabilities to the new version.

The latest version of Google Sites features a new intuitive drag-and-drop design experience that supports real-time collaboration by multiple editors, just like in Docs, and offers easy access to all your content from Calendar, Docs, Drive, Maps and more. The new Sites also includes themes and layouts designed to scale and flex to any screen size, so they’re as useful when you access them on the 30-inch monitor at your desk or your smartphone on your commute. Ultimately, the new version will make it easier to share information, and build beautiful, functional pages to aggregate and distribute content across their enterprise.

Questions? Refer to our FAQ below or contact IST by email at ist@ualberta.ca or phone at 780-492-9400.


How do I access the new version of Google Sites?

You can navigate to https://sites.google.com/new to create new sites, or open Google Drive and click on New > More > Google Sites. Any sites created on the new Sites page will also appear in your My Drive folder like a normal Drive file, and can be edited and shared from either location.

How will my existing Google Site be affected?

Existing Google Sites will continue to function in parallel with the new Google Sites. Google will provide options to import existing Google Sites to the new system in early 2017, however this feature will be unavailable at launch. However, you will have to convert the site at some point after Google has completed their import tool, as Google will eventually retire the current Sites framework. This is a long-term objective, currently scheduled for sometime in 2018.

What is the future of Google Sites?

They plan to eventually retire the classic version of Google Sites once most of the planned features are in place on the new Google Sites, and everyone has been given a chance to import their Sites over to the new system. This is a long-term objective, currently scheduled for sometime in 2018.

Can you elaborate on the changes to the design interface?

Currently, editing on Google Sites is done via menu options and dialog boxes, or directly editing the HTML code of certain objects. Google is pushing a simpler, more efficient “Drag and Drop” style of editing, to make it easier to position and rearrange content, though the other options will still be available.

Check out the G Suite Updates blog for upcoming information.


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