Thursday, June 23, 2016

Google Apps Update: The Google Sites Overhaul!

Google Sites has been in need of a major overhaul over the past few years.  It has not been a priority to update this app in the past, however, recently, Google has made many changes to the Sites app that are impressive.  It has a consistent "feeling" as many of the other apps which I like a lot.

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.

Here is a short video demonstrating the new version of Google Sites.

Additional information for Apps administrators*:

  • The classic version of Google Sites will remain fully functional for at least one year.
  • In the future, we will provide options for moving content from classic Google Sites.

*These details were not included in the version of this post published on the Google for Work Blog. 

Ready for early adopters

We’ve been previewing Google Springboard and the new Google Sites with a small set of customers, and we’re excited to begin to extend each of these new apps to more customers through an Early Adopter Program. If you’re the admin of a company that runs on Google Apps for Work you can express your interest in the Google Springboard Early Adopter Program or the Google Sites Early Adopter Program. We have a lot more in store for both Google Springboard and Google Sites, and we’re excited to help you start to take back the time you spend searching for and gathering information.2

Another blog that has more information about this update is from Eric Curts, The Totally New Google Sites post.

In conclusion, I am fortunate enough to have been selected as an early adopter for my GAFE domain.  I will be experimenting with the Sites app this summer in preparation for the new school year in September.  I am looking forward to learning and using the new Google Sites.


  1. Hi KIm! We applied to be a sites early adopter and I've been playing around in Sites all week! Thanks for the info!

    1. Hi Luke! Great to hear that! Glad I was able to help. I am excited about the new version of Sites too!

  2. Do you know when we might be able to create templates?

    1. Hello Wendy, thank you for your response. I am not sure when the template feature will be available. As soon as I hear anything, I will post an update to this post.