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You can create a free website with Google Sites. You should have a Google account in order to create the free site with Google Sites. Follow the instructions below and create a site for your business free!

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Contents

1. Create a New Site in Google Sites

2. Choose a Design for Your Site

3. Edit your Google Site

4. Add More Functionality to Your Site

5. How to Add Pages to Your New Google Site

6. Change the Overall Appearance of Your Site

7. Configure Settings for Your Website

8. Connect Your Custom Domain Name

9. Measuring Site Traffic

10. Publish Your Site on the Web

11. You have a New Website Now


1. Create a New Site in Google Sites

Visit sites.google.com/new and create a new site.

create new google site screen

Click the "Template gallery" button to choose an initial design.


2. Choose a Design for Your Site

Templates are initial designs for your site. You can customize the elements of the design later. You can change the font family, font size, colors, layout, etc.

choose a template from available designs

Click on a template to start editing your site.


3. Edit your Google Site

You can edit your site in this screen. You can change your site name. Add a description. You can change the image of the page. Right hand column indicates things you can add to your page such as text box, images, etc. If you need to add more text to your page, you can simply drag and drop the text box to the page. The placement of text box will be highlighted when dragging.

You can add new section for the page. Select a layout for the new section from the right hand column under 'Layouts'. There are various layouts to select from. Choose the one that suits to your purpose. After placing the layout, you can fill it with text boxes, images, etc.

choose a template from available designs

Scroll down the right hand column to see more site edit options.


4. Add More Functionality to Your Site

You can add more functionality to your new site using components provided by Google Sites. Image carousel adds rotating images to your site. If you want to highlight images of a single product you can use this feature on a product page.

You can add buttons to your page. You can change the url of the button and text of the button. Divider is a horizontal line which can be used to separate various sections of a single page.

You can use YouTube component to embed a YouTube video to your site. Use Map component to display the map of your business location.

The contact page can be created using Forms component. Or you can use Google Forms. You can use these various components according to your requirement.

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Click on the Pages tab of right hand column.


5. How to Add Pages to Your New Google Site

Pages allows you to add more pages to your website. You can customize your pages using the above described components. You can have 'About', 'Contacts', 'Products', 'Services' pages according to your business requirements.

choose a template from available designs

Click on Themes tab of the right hand settings column.


6. Change the Overall Appearance of Your Site

Theme setting allows you to change overall appearance of your site. Just clicking the predefined theme box in the column changes the entire site appearance. After selecting a theme, theme options allows you to change the fonts and colors according to your business.

create new google site screen

Click on the cog wheel icon from the top bar to enter settings screen for the site.


7. Configure Settings for Your Website

Settings dialog box allows you to change site wide settings for your new website. You can set how the navigation bar should be displayed. Brand Images section allows you to change your logo and favicon (small icon in the tab of the browser). Click on the tabs to change the settings.

create new google site screen

Click the Custom URLs section of the settings dialog.


8. Connect Your Custom Domain Name

You can connect your domain name such as mycompany.com xyz.org to Google Site. First you need to purchase a domain name and then connect it with the Google Site Once you connected the domain name and Google Site, your site can be accessed from yourcompany.com.

create new google site screen

Click on Analytics tab to connect Google Analytics to your website.


9. Measuring Site Traffic

Unlike your physical business place office, you cannot see the visitors to your site. But installing Google Analytics on your site allows you to see who is visiting your site. You can get more details about your visitors such as location, device, age, etc. You can even see the current visitors who are in your site right now!.

create new google site screen

Click on the Publish button of top bar to publish your site.


10. Publish Your Site on the Web

Google gives you a free URL to access your site. You can share this URL with your customers. Or you can shorten it and print on your business cards. In the 'Publish to the web' dialog insert your business name in the 'Web address' text box. Line below the text box shows the full url of your new site.

create new google site screen

Click 'Publish' to publish your site to the web.


11. You have a New Website Now

Visit the url provided after publishing your site to access your site.

create new google site screen

Share the URL with your friends and customers.


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