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Two improvements to new Sites footers

What’s changing 

We’re making two changes to footers in new Google Sites. Specifically, we’re:

  • Removing the current footer appended at the bottom of all new Sites, which contains “Made with new Google Sites…” language and the “Create a site” button. 
  • Adding the ability for site editors to show the last time a page was updated via a newly designed site info icon. 
Before: 


After: 


Who’s impacted 

Admins and end users.

Why you’d use it 

Removing the promotional footer: 
We heard your feedback that the Google branding and “Create a site” button at the bottom of new Sites’ pages can distract site viewers and make your site feel less professional. We’re removing that branding, so your site viewers can focus on your content.

Display the time a site’s page was last updated: 
You’ve told us that it’s sometimes challenging for site viewers to determine how up to date the site content is that they are viewing. With this new feature, you can have all sites in your domain display the last updated date by default (in a newly introduced site info icon) — simply by adjusting a single admin setting, see more below.


How to get started 


  • Admins: Control whether the “Last updated time” setting is available for site editors in your domain at Apps > G Suite > Settings for Sites. Under Last updated time, you can select:
    • OFF: To disable site editors from ever displaying the last updated time on a site. 
    • ON: To give site editors the option to turn last updated time on or off. 
      • When this setting is selected, last updated time will be defaulted to on for newly created sites going forward
    • FORCED: To always show last updated time for all sites — editors cannot disable.
      • When this setting is selected, all sites will display the last updated time. 
      • We recommend this option, as it ensures site viewers can quickly determine if a site is up to date.
  • End users: Depending on which of the above settings your admin selects, site editors can take the following actions: 
    • OFF: No action can be taken — last updated time will be disabled. 
    • ON: Editors can toggle last updated time on or off on a per site basis by going to the More menu > Site info settings from within new Sites. 
    • FORCED: No action can be taken, last updated time will be displayed. 

Additional details 

We’re removing the “Made with new Google Sites” language and “Create a site” button that was previously included in the footer of all sites created with new Sites. 

The “Report abuse” link (which is only shown in certain scenarios) and the “Site details” link (viewable to Admins only) are not being removed and can be found in the newly designed site info icon (lower left hand corner on a site) moving forward. 

Helpful links 


Availability 

Rollout details 
  • Rollout for Admin console settings for last updated time: 
  • Rollout for the removal of the promotional footer and site-level editor settings for last updated time: 
G Suite editions 
  • Available to all G Suite editions. 

On/off by default? 
  • If the admin setting is set to FORCED, last updated time will be ON for all sites
  • If the admin setting is set to ON (which is the default admin setting), site editors can toggle last updated time on or off on a per site basis
    • For newly created sites, the site-level editor setting for last updated time will default to on. For existing sites, it will default to off.

Create and insert image carousels in new Sites

Quick Launch Summary: 

We’re making it easier for site editors to share a selection of images in new Sites by creating a new image carousel. You can use this new content type to highlight images on your site, like a project page where you can feature concepts and designs, or share photos from a conference on an event page.

To insert an image carousel to your Site:

  • In the right sidebar, click Insert > Image carousel 
  • Select images to upload or select from already uploaded images. 
    • Drag images to reorder as desired. 
    • Hover over the image to delete or add alt text. 


  • To set carousel settings, click the gear icon to the top right and select from the following: 
    • Auto start: images in the carousel will automatically cycle. 
    • Show dots: displays progress indicators for the carousel. 


Availability 

Rollout details 


G Suite editions 

  • Available to all G Suite editions.

On/off by default? 

  • This feature will be ON by default.


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Duplicate larger sites in new Google Sites

Quick launch summary 

Previously, we made it possible to copy a site in new Google Sites. Based on user feedback, we’re improving site copy by making it easy to copy much larger sites — see here for supported sizes. We hope this feature helps site editors with large sites efficiently copy their existing sites, allowing them to back up their work, iterate on previous sites, or create ‘templates’ to start new sites.

To make a copy with the improved site copy, open a site in the new Google Sites, click the More menu > Duplicate site. See our Help Center to learn more about copying a site


Availability 

Rollout details

G Suite editions 

  • Available to all G Suite editions. 

On/off by default? 

  • This feature will be ON by default.

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Insert a Table of Contents in Google Sites

Quick Launch Summary 

Inserting a table of contents into a page makes the navigation of text-focused content like FAQs, documentation, or wikis easy.

Editors can insert a table of contents into a page with a simple click — headings and subheadings will automatically update as content is added to the page. A table of contents also helps guide editors to organize their content in a structure that is easier for readers to understand. Site viewers can quickly navigate through sections of a page by clicking the desired heading and automatically jumping to that section within the same window.

As editors add or edit the content and structure of a page, the table of contents will update automatically, making maintenance easy. By default, the table of contents will indent based on the hierarchy structure of headings, however, editors have the option to change the table of contents styling and remove indents. To remove indents, simply click on your table of contents and select Flatten. To re-indent, select Indent.

To add a Table of Contents to a page, at the right, click Insert > Table of Contents


Availability

Rollout details


G Suite editions 
Available to G Suite Editions.

On/off by default?
This feature will be ON by default.

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Updated roadmap for classic and new Google Sites

We have updated our plans for Google Sites and want to let you know two key things:


  1. We're going to build more enterprise-focused features into new Sites (including ones from classic Sites): We listened to extensive feedback from customers and have identified a number of features in classic Sites that are particularly valuable to larger organizations. We plan to add comparable functionality for those features, along with new and unique features, to new Sites. We believe these will help you use new Sites in different and exciting ways, while making the transition process to new Sites easier and more streamlined. See below for more details on specific features. 

  2. The final date to transition from classic Sites to new Sites will be the end of 2021: Also based on customer feedback, we realize that classic Sites still offers unique value to our enterprise customers today. While we add more of the requested features to new Sites, we will continue to invest in maintaining core classic Sites functionality until end of year 2021. 

More features coming to new Sites 


Here are some examples of commonly requested functionality that you will see in new Sites in the future:
Create richer, more customized sites: 
  • New site themes so your sites can match your company look, feel, and brand. 
  • Improved text controls to provide you with a greater choice of fonts, colors, styles, and more. 
  • Standard templates from Google to help you quickly create common types of sites (such as team sites, project sites, and events sites). 
  • Custom templates to provide simple access to starter websites specific to your domain. 
  • Better integration with other G Suite products so you can easily embed content in Sites. 
  • New API capabilities, including AppScript support, so you can automate and manage sites. 
  • New page elements, like tables of contents and image carousels. 

Create and manage larger sites: 
  • Additional functionality and controls to help you create and manage larger sites. 
  • Increased size limits so you can build larger sites. 
  • Ability to see what’s changed between the previous published version and current draft of a site, so you can make more informed publishing decisions. 
  • Version history so you can see and restore previous versions. 
  • Richer and more comprehensive search from within a site. 
  • Google Vault support for content from new Sites. 


Transitioning from classic Sites to new Sites 


In 2016 we announced a new version of Google Sites, and in 2017 we announced that new Sites would eventually become the only version of Google Sites. We’ve heard feedback that classic Sites remains valuable for our customers. While we work to add some of the features detailed above, we plan to maintain core classic Sites functionality. This will extend the deadline to transition from classic to new Sites, which we detailed in this post, to the end of 2021.

We continue to have dedicated engineers maintaining core functionality, but classic Sites was originally built many years ago and its infrastructure and integrations with other products and gadgets are quickly becoming outdated. As a result, we cannot guarantee all features will continue to work as they currently do.

As we make progress along the roadmap and expand the features and functionality of new Sites, we plan to improve our migration tools and processes to help make the migration from classic Sites to new Sites easier.

We’ll provide more updates as work progresses. Keep an eye on the G Suite Updates blog for details of these announcements.


Try new Sites today  

The new Google Sites has a simple interface that makes it easy for anyone to create functional and attractive sites. Many of our customers already prefer it to create common types of sites, including team sites, product sites, and event sites. If you want to try it:



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Material Design for Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Sites on Web

What’s changing

Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Sites will be getting a new look and feel on the web. While there are no functionality changes, users will notice some visual improvements, including:

  • Interface typography that uses Google’s custom-designed and highly-legible typefaces
  • Controls (like buttons, dialogs, and sidebars) that are updated and consistent
  • Iconography that is legible and crisp, with a fresh feel

The four products in this update join other G Suite products like Gmail and Calendar in sharing a common design language.

Before

After


Who’s impacted

End users

Why you’d use it

This style change is part of a new, consistent design approach from Google. You can expect to see similar changes across other G Suite applications in the future.

How to get started 


  • Admins: No action needed
  • End users: You’ll see the new look coming your way.


Availability

Rollout details

  • Rapid Release domains: Gradual rollout (up to 15 days for feature visibility) starting on January 15, 2019
  • Scheduled Release domains: Full rollout (1-3 days for feature visibility) starting on February 11, 2019


G Suite editions
Available to G Suite Basic, G Suite Business, G Suite Enterprise, G Suite for Education, G Suite Enterprise for Education, and G Suite for Nonprofits

On/off by default?
This feature will be ON by default.

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Embed Google+ search streams in new Google Sites

What’s changing 

You can now embed a stream of posts from a Google+ search in the new Google Sites. This search could contain simple keywords or advanced search operators.

This builds on our previous launch, which helped you embed community pages, profiles, and other Google+ streams in new Sites.

Who’s impacted 

End users

Why you’d use it 

When you embed a stream from G+, users will see the exact same content, whether they’re viewing it on plus.google.com or within an embedded module in a Sites page. They’ll also be able to interact with the content, and have that interaction show in both locations. This can help you create more engaging sites with dynamic and collaborative content from Google+.

By embedding a stream from a Google+ search, you could embed posts from specific people, or you can embed a Google+ stream that aggregates posts from multiple G+ communities. Users will be able to see the content and interact with it if they choose.

How to get started 




Helpful links 

Help Center: Add Google files, video & more to Google Sites 

Availability 

Rollout details 
G Suite editions 
Available to all G Suite editions
On/off by default? 
This feature will be ON by default
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Easily add buttons to improve links in new Google Sites

We’re making it easy to add buttons to the new Google Sites. These are clickable graphics which link to other content within your site or at an external URL. Users often click on buttons more frequently than they click on in-line hyperlinks, so they are a good way to guide people to important content. For example you could add a “Contact Us” button to encourage users to get in touch with you.

Example of adding a “Contact Us” button to a site 

Buttons will automatically match the color scheme and theme of your site, and can be resized easily through the interface. This will help you:

  • Make your site easier to navigate 
  • Increase the visibility of important links 
  • Keep your site looking consistent and attractive 


Now that you can add buttons with just a few clicks, we hope you’ll be able to more easily create attractive sites which guide users to relevant content. Visit our Help Center to learn more about how to add, edit, or delete buttons.

Launch Details
Release track:
Launching to both Rapid Release and Scheduled Release

Editions:
Available to all G Suite editions

Rollout pace:
Gradual rollout (up to 15 days for feature visibility)

Impact:
All end users

Action:
Change management suggested/FYI

More Information
Help Center: Add or edit text or images
New Google Sites: sites.google.com/new



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Create better looking sites more quickly with section layouts in new Google Sites

We’re adding section layouts to the new Google Sites. You can use these layouts to quickly design pages or sections of pages on your site. This makes it even easier and quicker to create professional-looking websites using the new Sites.


Six pre-built layouts for your site 

At launch there are six pre-built section layout options. You’ll find them in Sites’ right-hand Insert menu. To use them, just click or drag the layout onto the page. A new section will be added to your site and auto-populated with placeholder content matching the layout. You can then add your own content and customize the layout to make it your own.


The six layouts which will be available at launch 

Launch Details 
Release track:
Launching to Rapid Release, with Scheduled Release coming in two weeks

Editions: 
Available to all G Suite editions

Rollout pace: 
Gradual rollout (up to 15 days for feature visibility)

Impact: 
All end users

Action: 
Change management suggested/FYI

More Information
Help Center: Add or edit text or images
New Google Sites - sites.google.com/new


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Embed Google+ streams in the new Google Sites for more engagement

We’re making it easier to embed Google+ streams in the new Google Sites. This feature is a top request from users who want to create more interactive and engaging sites. The launch will help you:

  • Increase the social aspect of sites. Users can see all the posts, photos, comments, and other content that they’d see with the full G+ experience. 
  • Enable free-flowing communication. Users can add comments, +1s, and more to the G+ content directly from the site. 
  • Keep content fresh. Users can avoid duplicate content management by having G+ updates appear automatically in sites. 


How embedded G+ streams work 

You can embed many types of G+ post streams in your Google Sites pages. Specifically, you can embed a top-level community page, a community category page, a collection page, a search results page, or a G+ profile. Formatting of the G+ embed will automatically adjust to the width you set. Once it’s embedded, users can interact with posts just as they can on the full G+ experience. 

Permissions to see and interact with the stream are determined by whether users can see the content in G+. So if you embed from a private G+ community, only members of that community will be able to see the content on the site.

See our Help Center for more details on how to embed G+ streams in Google Sites.

Launch Details 
Release track:
Launching to both Rapid Release and Scheduled Release

Editions: 
Available to all G Suite editions

Rollout pace: 
Gradual rollout (up to 15 days for feature visibility)

Impact: 
All end users

Action: 
Change management suggested/FYI 

More Information 
Help Center: Add Google files, video & more

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