Google Sites Training Classes

Google Sites is a structured wiki- and Web page-creation tool offered by Google as part of the G Suite productivity suite. The goal of Google Sites is for anyone to be able to create a team-oriented site where multiple people can collaborate and share files.

Google Sites started out as JotSpot, the name and sole product of a software company that offered enterprise social software. It was targeted mainly at small-sized and medium-sized businesses. The company was founded by Joe Kraus and Graham Spencer, co-founders of Excite.

In February 2006, JotSpot was named part of Business 2.0, "Next Net 25", and in May 2006, it was honored as one of InfoWorld's "15 Start-ups to Watch". In October 2006, JotSpot was acquired by Google. Google announced a prolonged data transition of webpages created using Google Page Creator (also known as "Google Pages") to Google Sites servers in 2007. On February 28, 2008, Google Sites was unveiled using the JotSpot technology. The service was free, but users needed a domain name, which Google offered for $10. However, as of May 21, 2008, Google Sites became available for free, separately from Google Apps, and without the need for a domain.

In June 2016, Google introduced a complete rebuild of the Google Sites platform.

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Learn how to create and share webpages with Google Sites, the free tool that comes bundled with your Google account. In this course, staff author Jess Stratton helps you get started with Google Sites by demonstrating how to create sites from scratch using this powerful tool. She familiarizes you with the interface, and shows how to manage your site and add collaborators. Jess also takes you through how to add content—from working with text and links, to embedding YouTube videos and maps from Google Maps. Plus, she discusses how to change your site's URL, and work with privacy settings to make your site as public or private as you'd like.Topics include:

  • What are the uses for Google Sites?
  • Choosing a site theme and adding a logo
  • Managing or deleting a site
  • Adding editors to help build a site
  • Working with pages
  • Creating and working with additional pages
  • Adding text and images
  • Adding forms from Google Forms
  • Publishing your site