- Google Sites is a free website builder from Google.
- You can create websites with collaborators by giving another Google user edit access.
- Google Sites are compatible with other Google services like Docs, Sheets, and Slides.
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While the look or feel of Google Sites may not be quite as evolved as a Squarespace website, there are a few benefits to using the service if you want to create a simple and functional site.
For starters, it’s completely free. There’s no limit on the number of sites you can create as long as you stay within the 15 GB storage limit on your Google account.
A version of Google Sites has been around since 2008, but there have been significant updates along the way. Google is currently phasing out older sites â€” called “classic Sites” â€” in favour of the newer version of the website builder. If you’re a longtime user with an older site, you’ll want to convert your website to a new Google Site by September 2021 if you want it to remain operational.
Google Sites’ key features
So you can drop in projects from your Google Drive into the website that you’re building. And like those services, Google Sites can be built, shared, and copied between editors. This is ideal for creating a website for a work project that requires charts and tables or for an event you’re planning with others.
Once you’ve created your website, you can customise its look and feel using the editing function.
You don’t need to have any background in web development or coding to make a website using Google Sites. Every function is intuitive and user friendly.
You can add images, links, YouTube videos and more to your website using simple templates. Deleting and rearranging any of them takes only a few clicks.
Once a Google Site has served its purpose, you can delete it. But deleting a site isn’t a permanent action. Simply go to the trash in your Google Drive to restore it. But remember, Google Drive automatically empties anything that’s been in the trash can for longer than 30 days.
Overall, Google Sites isn’t as comprehensive as other website-building tools. But if you’re looking for a free service for a work presentation, small business or local event, Google Sites could be exactly what you’re looking for.