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Once you feel that your website's at a place where it's ready to viewed by the larger public, you can go ahead and publish your site. Publishing your Google site is as simple as changing it's sharing status. To access this we can go ahead and click on the blue share button in the upper right hand corner. As of right now, it's a private site. Meaning only people that I've granted explicit permission, can view, as well as make edits to the site. At this point what I'd like to do is go ahead and open up this site so that other people can see it. I don't want to give access for everyone to edit it, however. I only want people inside my community as well as my institution to be able to view the site.
The editing of the site is still going to be locked to the teachers as well as myself. To do that, I'm going to come to the top level sharing item, which is currently set to Private, here I'm going to click Change. Now the visibility options are actually listed from the least restrictive down to the most restrictive. So if I make this public on the web then anyone can search for this, find it in a search engine as well as view the website. If I say anyone with a link then the site will be hidden from search engines, but people can still navigate to it as long as they have the link. If I limit it to anyone from Orange Valley School, then only users that are logged into their Orange Valley School Google Apps for Education account will be able to view it.
And I can also choose to limit it to anyone in Orange Valley School that has the link, meaning that unless I've given them the direct link Orange Valley school members will not be able to view the site in the site section unless I've given them the link first. Here I'm going to go ahead and choose public on the web. This is going to allow everyone in the community, as well everyone at my school to find as well as view the website. Now, please be careful if you choose to share your website outside of your school. You want to make sure you're not including any student names or other information that could be considered confidential. When you're ready to publish your site, make the changes and go ahead and click Save.
So this point we've successfully published this website. Anyone on the web can now find and view it in their web browser, yet the editing is still limited to myself as well as the school teachers.
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