Are you sick of asking your programmer or IT person to help you build a website? Are you lost when students ask you about Dreamweaver? Google Sites might be a great option for you. Whether you don’t have the skills or simply the time, Google Sites is a great option for quickly creating subject guides, course pages, or even entire library websites.
Without the need for any coding or external programs such as Dreamweaver, you can create a surprisingly robust and customized website. While there are many built-in templates and themes to easily style your site, with a little more work, you can also customize the colors, layouts, fonts, etc. Some of these advanced features can get a bit confusing, but the built-in themes should be adequate for the beginner user.
Another nice feature of Google Sites is that you can also use your own web address for the page. Google Sites however, does not supply these custom domains therefore you must buy the domain from a third party and set it up through the domain registrar. For beginners or those not needing a custom url, Google Sites will give you an address similar to
Collaboration and Privacy
What would a website be these days without some interaction and collaboration? Google Sites not only allows multiple people to collaborate on the website development, but it also can be comment enabled, allowing readers to add content much like comments on a blog. Don’t want people to comment on your webpages? No problem, simply don’t enable comments. What if you don’t even want the general population to be able to see your website? No worries, Google Sites allows you to make your website private and shared only to designated people. A private Google Site could even be used as a sort of library intranet!
Things to Know
- Any content you create is hosted by Google which means that if Google Sites goes away, it’s possible so will your site.
- You cannot copy the source code and put it into an HTML or CSS file to host on your own server.
- You cannot import a CSS file to style your page, but you can use inline CSS and HTML tags.
- You have a limit of 100 Mb of storage per site (for uploaded images, videos, etc.)
- There are no ads, but you can choose to add targeted ads and actually get paid any revenue from the ads!
- Powered by Google Sites will appear at the bottom of your pages.
Now go and put something on the web!