Ever wondered how nice it would be to create your own webpage without the hassle of coding? Especially for those of us who don’t know any programming languages, Google now offers Google Sites. Google Sites is a tool that helps you build sites. You can also build team websites through which you can share and collaborate on document and videos. Or, you can simply build a website for yourself or your organisation and share it so it’s public facing. To create a new site visit the page directly – sites.google.com – on your browser. Log in using your Google credentials. You can also log in using your SHU account if you like. To do this, simply log in using your SHU credentials. You will be redirected to the SHU login page – use your normal credentials here. Alternatively, you can also access Google Sites through your Gmail. To do this, log into Gmail using the account you would like to use Google Sites on and click the icon on the top right corner of your Gmail screen – the icon appears as a small set of nine squares. On clicking the icon, you can see Google’s popular products. Choose Sites and you will be be automatically redirected to your SHU Google Sites.
To start creating your website, click on the create button on the left and you will be prompted to choose a layout and a name for your site. If you’re happy to start with a blank template, leave that part as it is or choose from Google’s gallery of templates. See what you like? Simply choose the template. Now choose an appropriate name for your site and type it into the box shown. The next step is to choose a theme for your site. When you’ve chosen one, hit create.
Within you Google site, you can now add or edit pages; choose layouts; and add objects, apps, and gadgets. You can also customise your layout by changing the structure and dimension of your site; choose your header; and also organise your site’s navigation. You don’t need a web designer to help you do any of these things, Google Sites is extremely user-friendly and straightforward. Let your creativity run wild!
Now that you’ve created your site, share it with others! First, you’ll need to decide if you want to make the site public or keep it private allowing only those in your team or organisation to have access to it. once you’ve done that you can also choose to open up the site for collaboration or limit others’ access to view only. If you’re unhappy with your design, layout, or even the site name, you can always come back and make changes to it.