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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.

Union Cemetery Historical Society in Kansas City, Missouri

posted Dec 1, 2014, 11:20 AM by Kyle Horst

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.

IUS Wines on Google Sites

posted Dec 1, 2014, 10:40 AM by Kyle Horst   [ updated Dec 1, 2014, 10:40 AM ]

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.

The ARP Defender Website

posted Dec 1, 2014, 10:35 AM by Kyle Horst   [ updated Dec 1, 2014, 10:35 AM ]

The ARP Defender website is one of our favorites because of the beautiful typography from Google Webfonts Ubuntu Condensed and a super cool gradient header. The background extends horizontally and lends itself well to some eye-catching heading text for each page.

Your Google Sites Designer

posted Oct 27, 2014, 7:07 AM by Kyle Horst   [ updated Oct 27, 2014, 7:07 AM ]

It is an absolute pleasure to design a Google Sites website or intranet from start to finish. We repeated that success a thousand times over and we plan on doing more in the future. The new year is just on the horizon and we are keenly interested in how Google Sites continues to fit the needs of big companies and mom & pop stores. We have made internal sites for some excellent, well-known clients here recently like Google and Netflix. Although we can't show you our work on these sites, rest assured they have turned out great.

To put it plainly: Kirksville Web Design wants to be your Google Sites designer, resource, expert and consultant. 

As you may know, we don't charge any on-going fees, maintenance costs, etc. Some clients request our expertise on a frequent basis to update their site for them, but the majority do not. Therefore, our security lies in a constant flow of new customers. 

Why should you choose us as your Google Sites designer?
  1. We have the most experience in designing Google Sites, no doubt about it. We've designed over 1000 sites for the past 4 years.
  2. We have planned and designed sites as large as 600 pages for organizations' with thousands of members.
  3. We make it our business to design the best looking Google Sites. Need a responsive website, mobile website, flat design? We are on the pulse of good web design. Nothing we create is half-hearted, just custom contemporary models.
  4. We are trusted! It is hard to find someone on the internet you can trust, I understand, but our team is honest, real, positive and dependable. There is a reason why we are at the top of the market and why we'll stay there.
  5. We have crystal clear pricing - fixed fee or time & materials. We will give you a quote for exactly what you're looking for.

Thanks for reading our little 5 point pitch here, we'll try not to belabor the message. For the most part, this is a reminder that Kirksville Web Design is alive and kicking, designing sites everyday and looking for the next big project coming up.

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