Google Sites is the easiest way to create your own webpage and wikis. To design a webpage you atleast need basic of HTML knowledge. With the use of Google sites, you don’t need any programming coding knowledge. With the click of single button, your website will be ready. People can work together on a Google site to create an content, document, add information from Picasa, YouTube etc. You can even publish Sites to the world. The Google Sites web application is accessible from any internet connected computer.
How to create a webpage or wiki page using Google Sites ? You can create a website from the scratch or from a available templates. You can create a simple family website, about me website, your favorite sport star website, or student club website etc. Creating a Google Site is as easy as editing a document, which means there’s no markup language for you to learn – just get started.
Before getting into the step by step tutorial on How to build website with Google sites, You should know the options available on Google sites. You can use the file cabinet on Google Sites to upload files up to 10MB in size. Each Google Apps account receives at least 10GB of storage in Google Sites. Google Apps Premier and Education editions get an additional 500MB for each user account.
You can create simple webpage, wiki page, insert videos, docs, spreadsheets, presentations, photo slide shows, and calendars directly onto your Google Sites pages. Google sites acts as an online collaboration tool where team members can edit pages at the same time. You can make your Google Sites available to just a few people, your entire organization, or the world
Building Websites Using Google Sites
Go to www.sites.google.com and Sign in with your Google account
Now Click the Create Site button from the page
You can choose a template such as classroom site, Project Wiki, Family website to get started with creating website or You can design from the scratch by selecting blank template.
You can select from the vast varieties of template galleries such as Professional site templates, Training site template, Chruch site template, Restaurant site template etc. To preview templates, click on the ‘?’ icon beside the name of the template, you get an option to preview templates.
Now enter your Site name and the Site URL, when you type the Site name it will automatically fix the Site URL. If you want some other specific site URL, then you can change it.
Select themes for the website. There are number of themes available for Google Sites. Select the best one for good looking theme for websites.
Click on the More options and Enter the site description and select with whom you want to share your website with.
You can share with everyone in the world so that every one can see the website which you’ve created. Or You can select only people whom you specify to view the Google site.
Finally enter the captcha and Click Create Site. You’re Website is ready !
Once your website is ready, you can share the website URL link with friends and family. You can also edit the website with the options given at the top of the window such as ‘Create’ ‘Edit’ and ‘More actions’
You can create a new webpage, announcement, file cabinet and lists. File Cabinet acts as a uploading option to your website where you can upload images, documents etc. Likewise, you can create an announcement page, lists pages etc.
If you click on the Edit Page option at the top, the Google sites turns into simple HTML editor with alot of options like format, table, layout, colors, fonts etc.
To Manage your entire website, You can click ‘More options’ > Manage site > here you can check the pages which you’ve created recently, the attachments which you’ve uploaded using File cabinet, the page templates which you’ve used etc.
On the same Manage Site settings, Go to Site Settings > General > to change the name of website, edit site description, You can enable Google analytics to your Google sites, use Google webmaster tools, and also change the access settings.
You can also monetize your Google sites using the Google adsense program. If you want to redirect your Google sites to a custom domain name like www.example.com or wiki.example.com – you can do it easily under the Site Settings > Web Address.
Change the Google site appearance by going to Site appearance tab on the Manage site options panel. You can change the site layout, color and fonts and also themes of your Google site.
Your Google Site URL will be looking something like – https://sites.google.com/site/yoursitename/
Hope you enjoyed the detailed tutorial on building your website using Google sites. If you find any issues in creating your site, you can ask me !
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