The New Google Sites – What’s great and what’s missing

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The new Google Sites has been long awaited. I signed up early to Google Sites EAP program so I could drive it first hand.

The best way to illustrate what the new Google Sites feels like is to compare it to Google Forms. The classic Google Forms allowed more functionality whereas the new Forms is watered down and made too easy for the user.

The new Google Sites allows any user to create a clean and streamline website with a few clicks. Choose from 3 themes, insert text, embed folders, docs or other Google apps. Add images, embed a site, upload – the standard. A perk is the ability to collaborate with others.

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The old Google Sites platform encouraged customisation and functionality. Here’s what I think is missing:

  • Page announcement and filing cabinet template
  • Ability to upload a favicon
  • Sidebar navigation
  • Managing colours, text size, font
  • Horizontal navigation – Adding custom URLS

I have made peace with the fact that some of the elements are missing. It didn’t take long to re-create my internal staff portal with the new sites. At times, I had to employ some creative work arounds.

Overall, extremely use to use and attractive.



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