What's New with the Move to New Google Sites?
Just a quick summary of the latest updates to Google Sites and how it can affect your website or intranet project. Here we are looking specifically at the shutdown of the Classic platform, but for more general news & information visit our newsroom.
Classic Google Sites Retirement / Sunset - Update to New Google Sites Transition and Migration
Starting December 1, 2022 (previously June 1, 2022): You will no longer be able to edit any remaining classic Sites in your domain.
Starting January 1, 2023 (previously July 1, 2022): Classic Sites will no longer be viewable unless they are converted to new Google Sites.
Starting June 1, 2022 (previously December 1, 2021): You will no longer be able to edit any remaining classic Sites in your domain.
Starting July 1, 2022 (previously January 1, 2022): Classic Sites will no longer be viewable unless they are converted to new Google Sites.
Transition your remaining classic Google Sites before September 1, 2021.
Dear Google Sites User,
In August 2020, we sent you a message that you own one or more classic Google Sites. To ensure others can continue to see your websites, you must convert them to the new Google Sites experience before September 2021.
What do I need to know?
In 2016, we launched an updated Google Sites designed to help you create websites without programming skills, optimize across mobile and desktop, and co-build with real-time collaboration. In 2017, we announced that we are replacing the previous Sites experience, referred to as classic Sites, with our new Google Sites product. In August 2020, we shared more details about the transition timeline.
What do I need to do?
Start your migration today. If you want your websites to continue to be viewable by others, you must convert and publish them to the new Google Sites experience before September 1, 2021.
You can use the Classic Sites Manager to help you transition your websites as follows:
Convert your websites to the new experience if you want them to continue to be available to visitors.
Download your websites if you want to store archived versions of your websites.
Delete websites that you no longer need.
If you take no action, starting September 1, your websites will automatically be converted as follows:
Downloaded as an archive and saved to your Google Drive.
Replaced with a draft in the new Google Sites experience for you to review and publish.
For more details about this process, refer to the Sites Help Center.
Learn more about Google Sites
We’ve listened to your feedback, and your top requests are now included in the Google Sites experience.
Section layouts and pre-built templates let you create websites with fewer clicks and less site creation knowledge.
Version history allows you to see your edit history, revert and restore previous versions, and review the history of who made changes.
Customized text styles and new tile types let you be more expressive with website content, including a table of contents, image carousels, collapsible text, and more.
Custom URLs and publishing to an audience let you share your website content.
See what else is new in Google Sites.
December 2020 Update to New Google Sites
What's New for Google Sites? Customization of text within a Site. You can now access the complete library of Google fonts. You can change font size, color and stylization via the user interface. User can now set line height, which can allow for better spacing of titles and paragraphs, promoting site organization and clarity. For font colors, if you use a color it is saved as a quick option. This allows for a level of consistency across the site for font colors frequently used.
Why is this important? For branding. You can more closely represent your brand in a Google Site. We can design better, more customized sites.