Google Sites has had an overhaul. The basic website building tool is now easier to use, with a new drag-and-drop interface. The complex features of the old Google Sites like gadgets, sidebars and complicated menu options have all disappeared. Instead, Sites now offers a straightforward single-column layout with a handful of themes, fonts and colour options that work seamlessly on any device. It takes the hard work out of designing a coherent website.
Your current Google Site will remain the same unless you migrate it over to the new version. Migration tools to transition your classic site will be released in 2017.
Here’s some of the key features of the new Sites.
1. Responsive Design
The old Google Sites was pretty bad at displaying content on different devices. The new single-column, no-sidebar layout is designed to scale to any screen size and the two available menu options make navigation easy.
2. Google apps integration
The new Sites allows you to insert content from any of Google’s apps within your Drive account, including Docs, Sheets, Forms and Charts, into your site from within the editor. Youtube videos and Maps can also be embedded and easily resized and moved around the page without having to delve into the source code.
3. Real-time collaborative editing
Multiple people can now simultaneously edit a Google Site, seeing each other’s changes in real-time, just like Google Docs, without worrying about conflicts or locked pages.