Anyone with an SOU computing account can create a Google website!
Important to know as you begin—some functions will not work in Internet Explorer (Edge), including accessing New Sites for the first time. We recommend using Firefox or Chrome for best results. In addition to the documentation provided below, we've created some informal video tutorials for getting started in your site at the bottom of the page.
Special Note About These Resources
Please note that Google changes our interface from time to time. Your options may look a bit different from what is shown in the images posted here, but the information in each of these sections is as current as we can keep it.
Thanks for your patience!
Create a Site from a Template
To create a site from a template provided by your instructor, follow these detailed instructions.
Publish Your Site
Your site is constantly saved as you work in it, but your changes will only be displayed to visitors after you publish it.
The first time you publish your site, you'll be asked to name it. The name you give it will be in its url. As you publish later versions, you will be able to recover the most recent published version if you wish.
(See Video #3 below.)
Get Published Link
Once you have shared and published your site, you can send the link to potential visitors. Click on the icon in the toolbar at the top of the page to Copy published site link for your site.
Note: The url to your site should end in /home, not /edit.
(See Video #3 below.)
Once you have created your site, you'll want to begin populating it with content.
Access Your Site for Editing
Now that you have a site, how do you find it again?! Go to your campus email and select the Apps icon in the upper right corner. Locate the Sites icon and click on it to open your Sites repository.
Find Free Images
Looking for images to illustrate your site? This website includes links to several sites that offer royalty-free images that you can include in your site. For best results, download photos to your computer and insert from there.
(See Video #1 below to learn how to insert and resize an image.)
Insert a File from Your Google Drive
Insert a file stored on your Google drive in four simple steps. Be sure to check the file's share settings to verify that visitors to your site will be able to view the file. See these instructions for correctly sharing your files (spoiler alert: just copying and pasting a link won't make it happen!).
(See Video #2 below.)
Create a Link to a File or Website
Rather than embed an entire file in a web page, learn here how to create a link to a file in your Google drive. (See also how to correctly share your files.) These instructions describe how to create a link to a website.
Change Your Theme—Style and Color
You can quickly change the overall look and feel of your site by adjusting the theme. Click on the Themes tab in the edit panel, then scroll through your options. Don't worry, changing the theme won't change any of your content.
To change the accent color in your site, click on the paint can icon, then use the slider beneath the color swatch to find a color you like.
Add Emphasis to a Textbox
When you insert a textbox in your site, you can change the background to emphasize your content. To do so, select the textbox, then click on the palette icon in the left margin.
The Regular option will result in text on a white background.
Emphasis 1 changes the white background to light gray:
Emphasis 2 changes the background color according to the accent color set in the site theme:
Choosing the Image option allows you to upload a picture from your computer or select an image from the web:
As you add an image, you'll notice a sparkling icon in the lower right corner that indicates that the colors in the image are being adjusted to increase readability. Generally, images are darkened to make the text stand out. To remove that adjustment, click on the icon. Caution: Text on top of images can be difficult to read. You may need to increase the font size to make text more readable or make other adjustments. Ask a friend to look at your site and give you honest feedback about its readability—you may love an image, but putting text over it may not work for visitors to your site.
(See Video #1 below.)
View in HD for best experience.
Video #1: Insert a textbox and format text. Resize a textbox. Change the style of a textbox. Insert an image. Resize and move an image. (5:51)
Video #2: Insert a file from Google drive in a page. (Be sure to share the file with anyone with the link!) (1:16) See these instructions for sharing files from your Google site.
Video #3: Introduction to tools. Preview site on different devices. Modify Share settings. Shift navigation to side from top. Publish site. See version history. Get site URL to share. (4:42)