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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 fonts.google.com 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 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.
Here's what’s special about the new Sites:
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!
As always, check out the Help Center for additional information and let us know your thoughts via the in-product Send Feedback button.
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.
Here are the top 5 key facts:
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.
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.
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?
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.
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 www.nixteric.com
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 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.
The Union Cemetery Historical Society was in need of a new platform and complete redesign for their website. Prominent donate and support buttons, along with outstanding photography, encourages financial support of this important landmark. We integrated Facebook as well, since it is a common way members contribute and spread news about events.
We loved teaming up with Hofftek to create this fabulous Google Site for a wine advocate, distributor and global wine company - Ius Wines. It just makes you want to explore the Coonawarra region and we are proud to display this Australian company's website in our portfolio.
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