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Building Gadgets, Embed Code in New Google Sites

posted Jan 3, 2018, 3:25 AM by Kyle Horst

The Google Sites team has released this to everyone now on all domains, the embed code feature, which allows you to insert custom code. HTML, CSS, Javascript allow for some fun widgets to be inserted like slideshows, accordions, pagination, social media, twitter, instagram, etc. 

New Google Sites Intranet Developer and Designer Site

posted Aug 8, 2017, 7:39 AM by Kyle Horst

We are sharpening our skills with the New Google Sites platform. We have built several new intranets for organizations, hired on as a developer and/or designer. It has been a lot of fun and now we feel like we are in more of a position to advertise our services in this avenue. So, check out our new site and if you are thinking about making the migration to New Google Sites, let us know.  Get Google Sites Support from an Expert who has built hundreds of custom templates, themes, intranets, portals and wikis.

Thanks always for your support and I hope you find this new site inspirational.  

New Google Sites Release Notes - April, 2017

posted Apr 24, 2017, 7:30 AM by Kyle Horst   [ updated Apr 24, 2017, 7:33 AM ]

We know sometimes Google doesn't update us on everything little upgrade to their products in Google Suite, so I wanted to help everyone notice what's new with Google Sites. We've had some nice updates this month!

Add Your Logo to the Header
Upload your own logo into the header. It will be sized to a max height of 56px or a max width of 225px. You may find that horizontal logo marks are best here.

Adjust the Color Scheme
We have a long await color picker for customizing your theme's color scheme. Choose a unique hex code for a custom accent color. If we get more choices for fonts from we are given much more freedom to make sure your site completely branded to your organization.

These updates have been released in quick succession. Therefore, stay tuned for whatever else comes from the Sites team and us. We'll keep you in the loop.

Google Team Drives & New Google Sites

posted Mar 22, 2017, 8:24 AM by Kyle Horst

Google is taking another step to bring Drive and Sites closer together. 

Most file storage solutions weren’t built to handle the explosion of files that are now created and shared in the cloud — because they were initially designed for individuals, not teams. With this amount of shared data, admins need more controls to keep their data safe and teams need to feel confident working together. Team Drives deliver the security, structure and ease-of-use enterprises need by making it easy to:

Add new team members. You can manage team members individually or with Google Groups and give them instant access to relevant Team Drives.

Keep track of your files if a team member leaves. Team Drives are jointly owned by the team, which means that anything added to Team Drives stays there no matter who comes or goes. Whirlpool Corporation, for example, uses Team Drives to manage file access. Says Troy McKim, Collaboration Principle at Whirlpool Corporation, “If you place files for a project in Team Drives, you don’t have to worry about losing them or moving them when files are re-owned.”

Understand and manage sharing permissions. Team members automatically see the same files regardless of who adds or reorganizes them. You can also manage share permissions by defining the restrictions for editing, commenting, reorganizing or deleting files.

Manage and view Team Drives as an admin. Admins can see Team Drives for a user and add new members if necessary: “Team Drives also ease the speed at which a team member can onboard and become effective in their new role,” says McKim.

Team Drives are generally available to all of our G Suite Business, Education, and Enterprise customers starting today. Set up Team Drives for your organization.

New Google Sites Features

posted Jul 25, 2016, 11:17 AM by Kyle Horst

Here's what’s special about the new Sites:
  • Just like Google Docs, the new Sites is really easy to use and allows you to collaborate in real-time.
  • Sites look great on any device by default.
  • Deep integration with Google Drive makes editing, managing, and sharing sites even easier.

We’ve recently added some exciting new features to the new Google Sites. 
Read about them below, and be sure to check them out soon!
  • Google Analytics integration - Editors can now add a Google Analytics tracking ID to their site and collect details on visitors.
  • New, shorter header - Editors can now select a smaller, text-only header.
  • Awesome Table integration - Using the embed URL tool, editors can now embed Awesome Table, a popular third-party app for displaying Google Sheets, in their sites.
  • Publishing to the web - If your organization allows users to publish Google Drive files on the web, editors can now publish sites to the web and decide whether those sites should be indexed by search engine results or available only to viewers who have the link.
We hope you enjoy these new features and spread the word to your organizations! We’ll continue to expand on these features, as well as introduce new functionality, in the future.

As always, check out the Help Center for additional information and let us know your thoughts via the in-product Send Feedback button.

The New Google Sites - Beta Testing & Early Adoption

posted Jun 14, 2016, 7:41 AM by Kyle Horst   [ updated Jun 19, 2016, 8:08 PM ]

Big news in the Google Sites world - the new Google Sites is coming down the line. Right now it seems to be in an early adoption phase. My current conclusion is that Google Sites has been simplified. This is an expected turn of events considering Google's refinement of Google Apps service like Google Forms. 

Will Google Sites be the new Wix, Squarespace or like cloud-based application? That remains to be seen. Let's take a look at the information we have via their email news blast announcement and their early adopter sign up page.

A totally rebuilt Google Sites

Google Sites is one of the most popular products among our enterprise customers, and we’ve been working on an update that makes it even easier for employees to share information within their company.

With the new Google Sites, you can build beautiful, functional pages to aggregate and distribute content across your enterprise, optimized for every screen. A new intuitive drag-and-drop design experience 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.

Responsive Web Design
There is a big step towards responsive web design in the version of Google Sites. Images span 100% of the screen size. Fonts respond appropriately with media queries. Break points are ready and navigation looks like it has the classic hamburger menu, though it is hard to tell.

Control Panel
Formerly the toolbar and most popularly the Insert menu. It seems like there is some kind of control dock to add images, urls, drive and other functions. Very interesting, perhaps floating element.

Content Blocks
A popular facet of web design is accenting with blocks of color which span the length of the screen. This was only available in tables before and wasn't the greatest solution. Organization of the Sites would break the mold of their classic layouts. This looks to be the case.

Easy of Use
It looks like the new Google Sites is much easier to use and make look decent. However, the freedom to design however you want seems limited. Is simplification creating more freedom?

Here are the top 5 key facts:
  1. You can apply to this early access program here if you meet the requirements.
  2. Your classic Google Sites will keep running and won't be affected by the new Google Sites rollout. You can still access these sites and keep them running.
  3. You don't have to adop the new Google Sites
  4. You can edit a Google Sites new Site simulatenously, live collaboration similar to Google Docs.
  5. Google Sites will look even better on all devices.

Kirksville Web Design and Responsive Google Sites Design

posted Apr 14, 2015, 2:20 PM by Kyle Horst

We have decided to utilize the 'Automatically Adjust for Mobile' feature for Google Sites and make our website Google responsive. As you can see in this screenshot of a HTC M8, the legibility and overall user experience on smartphone has improved. 

However, this responsive improvement came with a dose of simplification. We are limited to the page layouts that Google Sites gives us, like one column, two column and three column layouts. This means we are not utilizing tables anymore for structure building.

We expect to build most of our sites going forward in this manner. The people of the world are on their smartphones - we must market toward them.

We hope you enjoy this iteration of the Kirksville Web Design brand and our overall dedication toward modern design meeting contemporary standards.

Nixteric - Simple is Beautiful - Minimalist Flat Google Site

posted Feb 24, 2015, 9:19 AM by Kyle Horst

We loved working with Brian Nichols for a clean, flat, minimal Google Site. His beautiful photography is able to really stand out. Check it out at

Katy Endocrine Specialists

posted Feb 16, 2015, 6:40 AM by Kyle Horst

We're very proud as Google Sites designers to build websites that reflect a brand. Houston Endocrine and Thyroid Specialists has been building a beautiful series of sites. These are sites for their doctors, locations and practice. The Google Sites custom slideshow we built, along with a very informative and SEO-friendly home page are highlighted here. 

We have optimized the site for keywords involving Diabetes care in the Katy, Texas area. We installed Analytics, Webmaster Tools and relevant meta data (Site Title, Description, Page Title, Page Description).

Captain Elite goes Google Sites

posted Dec 1, 2014, 11:35 AM by Kyle Horst

Captain Elite is a bold approach to training tomorrow's soccer superstars. There is a heavy use of photography, video and document management on these sites. What we have is a modern Google Site perfectly branded to Captain Elite standards.

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