What Is Google Sites? How to Assign Custom Domain

What is Google sites?

New Google sites new is a great website builder from Google. Google sites is Free to use and simple drag and drop website builder, you can easily create portfolio, landing pages and simple single page website with zero knowledge of coding.

Google Sites

Features of Google sites -

Google sites is free to use and you don't have worried about hosting this is self hosted by Google. Google sites gives you great following features.

Templates - 

Google sites has various templates according to your work and you can easily customise team.

  • Google sites interface is very clean and simple material design. All tools available in right side of the page.
  • Embed HTML, JavaScript, Webpage, URL.
  • Upload Files - Images, videos, Documents(docs , slides, sheets, forms ,charts) directly from Google Drive.
  • Add Image carousel.
  • Embed Maps and Calendar.
  • Add Buttons.
  • Embed YouTube Videos.
  • Collapsible Text Feature.
  • Add Table of content.
  • Live collaboration feature.
  • WYSIWYG Drag & Drop.
  • Material Layout.
  • Add Multiple Pages.

How to use Google sites?

Use of Google Sites is very simple like You are using Word, simply drag and drop what you want and edit. Select theme and font you like after completing publish your Google site. And share your Google Sites link. You can also add a custom domain to your Google Sites.

Google Sites is Free website builder, where you can easily create website by just drop down. This is very easy but Whenever we publish Google sites it's URL is long and complicated, this URL is shart with

Ex. sites.google.com/mygooglesite

How to Assign Custom Domain to Google Sites -

You can easily add Custom Domain to google sites and use short URL instead of long google sites URL.

Step by step guide to assign a custom domain -

1. Search Console -

Search Console

  • First go to google search console and add property.
  • Enter your naked domain(without Https or www  ex. website.com) and continue.
  • Now copy TXT record.

2. Add DNS Records -

  • Go to your domain provider and then open DNS records section.
  • Now create TXT record and paste text you copied from Google search console in value and @ in data/host.
  • create CNAME record with data/host www and value ghs.googlehosted.com .
  • Similarly add A record where host is @ and value for (redirecting from website.com to www.website.com) 301 redirecting Domain.
  • Your domain is verified, it take hours depending on how quickly your domain name provider updates its public DNS records.

3. Assign Custom Domain -

Google sites Setting

  • Go to the Settings section in Google sites near the Publish button.
  • Choose the Custom URLs option.
  • In the box labeled www.yourdomain.com enter your domain with www. prefixed to it, e.g. www.website.com .
  • Close the Settings.
  • Once assigned it takes Google a little time to configure everything for your site and after some time your site will appear at the custom URL.

Advantage of Google Sites - 

  • This is Free.
  • Fast and easy to edit.
  • No programming skills required.
  • Easy for newbie who wants to build a website for the first time without coding.
  • No software installation required.
  • Integrated with Google apps.
  • Creator can access tools anywhere.
  • Creator has full control on page access and permission.
  • Function as a basic project manager.
  • Collaborate with others.
  • Easy to track with Google Analytics.
  • Add custom domain.

Disadvantages of Google Sites -

  • Limited Features compared to other website builders.
  • Not really good website for business website - not enough customization.
  • No adsense support.
  • Apps only limited to Google apps only. Apps outside Google apps may be inapplicable
  • The site URL must begin with "sites.google.com/site/" which is to long for a website.
  • No SEO Features.
  • Only Good for Single pages websites.

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