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Google Sites is a free and easy way to create and share webpages! 

With Google Sites, you can easily create and update your own site. Google Sites allows you display a variety of information in one place—including videos, slideshows, calendars, presentations, attachments, and text—and share it for viewing or editing with a small group, an entire organization, or the world. You always control who has access to your site.

Here's what you can do with Google Sites:

  • Customize your site.
  • Create sub-pages to keep your content organized.
  • Choose page types: webpage, announcements, file cabinet.
  • Have a central location for your web content and offline files.
  • Keep your site as private or public as you'd like.
  • Search across your Google Sites content with Google search technology.



Check out the tip sheet attached below!




Creating a Site

Creating a site with Google Sites is easy, whether you decide to design your own site or build one from our site templates. To get started, sign in at http://southwesternsd.org  then click Sites and Create New Site.

Setting up your site

As you set up your site, remember that you'll be able to adjust your site settings after you create your site.

Templates

Google Sites has many site templates for you to use to help you get started quickly with your new site. A Site template has pre-built pages with a design, structure, and content suited to a particular purpose. (You can find out more about each template by hovering over the icon.) If you use a template, you will still be able to change the design, structure and content as you want. Some common site templates are highlighted on the site creation page, or you can click Browse the gallery for more to see more template options.

Site name

Once you've decided on the design of your site, you'll need to name your site. This name will also be converted into the default URL for your site. If you want to have a different URL from your site name, change the URL (using only alphanumeric characters) in the box labeled Your site will be located at this URL.

Site theme

Your site theme creates a consistent look to the pages on your site, such as images used in the header or color schemes on menus.

Site description

Under the More Options section, you can enter a site description, which gives a brief description of the purpose of your site.


Creating pages within a site 
Your Google Site is a collection of individual pages. Unless you create a site from a site template, your site begins as just a single homepage. Follow these steps to create new pages within your site.


From your homepage, click the "Create page" button.


  1. Choose a page template.
  2. Name your page. Google Sites will generate a URL (web address) based on the name you choose, but you can alter it by clicking Change.
  3. Choose where to locate your page within your site:
  4. Put page at the top level: Top-level pages are the most general in your site's hierarchy. They exist at the same level as your homepage, and it's easy to create subpages beneath them. They are best for main categories of your site's content.
  5. Put page under {current page}: The second option is to place your new page as a subpage of the page you were on when you clicked "Create page".
  6. Choose a different location: Choose to nest your page under any other page in your site.
  7. Click "Create page".

Embedding Google Docs, Spreadsheets, Presentations, and Forms

  • You can embed Google Documents, Spreadsheets, Presentations, and Forms into your Google Site in two simple steps:
  • Click the “Edit page” button to open the site editor.
  • Place the cursor where you would like to insert the object.
  • From the Insert menu, select the object you wish to insert.

Note: The inserted object will be view-only to the public. However, when the contents of the objects are updated at its source and published, it is updated automatically within your site.

Anyone with collaborator access to your site will be able to view a link under each embedded object that will allow them to pop out an editable version of the object.

Configuring your sidebar and navigation gadget

Most site templates include a sidebar to help visitors navigate your site. The sidebar can also house sidebar gadgets, such as a text box or ads delivered through Google AdSense. You must be an owner of the site to edit the site layout.

Turning on your sidebar

  • From the "More actions" menu, select Manage site.
  • Select the Site layout tab on the left-hand-side, below "Site appearance", and then click "Change site layout."
  • If the box next to Sidebar is unchecked, check it. If the box is checked, your sidebar is already on.
  • Click "OK" to return to the Site layout page

If you already have gadgets in your sidebar and want to return to your site, click "Save changes" then Return to site. Otherwise, you will likely want to read on to learn how to add and organize gadgets in your sidebar.

Adding and reordering sidebar gadgets

You can add, delete and reorder your sidebar's gadget by choosing "Manage site" from the "More actions menu, and selecting the Site layout tab on the left-hand-side.

  • Adding gadgets: To add a gadget, click Add a sidebar item in the Sidebar area. Then, find the gadget in the list you want to add and click "Add."
  • Reordering gadgets: To reorder your gadgets, click on the gadget you want to move and drag it to the position where you want it to appear.
  • Deleting gadgets: To delete a gadget, click delete on the gadget.
  • Make sure to click "Save changes" when you are done modifying your sidebar.
  • Adding, deleting and reordering your sidebar navigation gadget's pages

You can add pages to, delete pages from and organize your sidebar's navigation gadget in two different ways. Automatic organization takes less time, but manual organization gives you greater control over how your navigation is structured.

Automatic organization

If you want to quickly set up your navigation gadget, you can have the navigation gadget automatically display pages according to how your site is structured:

  • From the Site layout tab, click edit on your sidebar navigation gadget.
  • Make sure the box next to Automatically organize my navigation is checked.
  • Choose how many levels of pages you want to be included in the navigation gadget by choosing a selection from the drop-down menu. For example, if you choose 2, the navigation gadget will display any top-level pages and pages listed under them, but will not display any subpages listed under those second-level pages.
  • You can also choose to include a link to your sitemap (which displays the hierarchy of your site) and your recent site activity by checking the box next to those options.
  • If you want, you can type a name for the navigation gadget in the box next to Title and check the box next to Display title to have that name displayed at the top of your navigation gadget.
  • Click "OK."
If you have chosen to have your navigation gadget automatically organized and you want to change the order of pages, you must change the location of your pages.

Manual organization

If you want more control over your navigation gadget, you can manually organize your pages:

  • From the Site layout tab, click edit on your sidebar navigation gadget.
  • Make sure the box next to Automatically organize my navigation is unchecked.
  • To add a page from your site to your navigation gadget, click Add page. Then locate your page in the pop-up window and click "OK."
  • To add a page from another site or an email address to your navigation gadget, click Add URL. In the pop-up window, enter the URL of the page and the name you'd like to give to the link, then click "OK."
  • To delete a page from your navigation gadget, select the page in the Select pages to showbox, then click on the remove icon.
  • To change the order in which your pages appear, select the page in the Select pages to show box, then click the up arrow, down arrow, right arrow, or left arrow. Your pages will appear in your navigation gadget in the same order in which they appear in theSelect pages to show box.
You can also choose to include a link to your sitemap (which displays the hierarchy of your site) and your recent site activity by checking the box next to those options. If you want, you can type a name for the navigation gadget in the box next to Title and check the box next to Display title to have that name displayed at the top of your navigation gadget.


Turning off your sidebar

  • From the "More actions" menu, select Manage site.
  • Select the Site layout tab and then click "Change site layout."
  • Uncheck the box next to Sidebar.
  • Click "OK" to return to the Site layout page.
  • Click "Save changes" then Return to site.



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Bryan Tayman,
Apr 8, 2011, 11:13 AM
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Bryan Tayman,
May 25, 2011, 1:25 PM
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