Join Jess Stratton for an in-depth discussion in this video Introduction to pages, part of Google Sites Essential Training.
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You'll build your Google site by creating pages. Think about how we tend to refer to the starting page on a website as the home page. So the first area that gets created when you create a Google site is a page, and this one's called Home by a default. It just happens to already be created for you. But it works the same way all the other pages that you'll create too. As you build your site, you'll add more pages. Google sites comes with preconfigured page types to match the type of content that you'll want to put on the page. The first type is what you'll most likely be using most often.
It's just a basic webpage. You can add content to it, whether it's text, embedded video, and then format that text to contain things like bullets or bold-faced text. It's how you put basic information and content on your site. The second type is called an announcement page. Now I'm going to move over to another pre-built site that I already have up here. An announcement page is more commonly known as a blog. So ,when you create a page type of announcements, you're putting a blog on your site. I'm going to click on the Announcements section in the Soccer template.
So as you can see this kind of looks like a basic blog. It's got a header. It's got text and a place where you can put a photo. It says when it was posted and who posted it. You can easily add a new post to the page by clicking new post, and your viewers won't see this button, and all your posts will be listed in chronological order. So we've got a web page, you've got an announcement type page. The third type is called a file cabinet. And this is how you can store files from your computer on your site.
I'm going to come over to another template I have. This is a classroom template. So, here's what a standard file cabinet would look like. Your site visitors can view the files, and in a later video, I'll show you how they can actually be notified when you update a particular file. This is great for a membership directory in which people's' contact information changes rapidly. Or a field trip permission form, in which forms can be constantly uploaded to the file cabinet page. Your viewers or any Google user, can even add comments to the page.
Finally, you can create a page type called a list. A list page contains list items and viewers of your site will see those list items in column format. I'm going to come back over to my soccer page. If I click on this Roster and Stats section, I'm now shown a list. You could add and remove list items and sort by column. So to get those list items onto the page, you first create a small form. I'm going to click the view more here. If I want to customize the list I can.
If I want to add an item, remembering that my viewers aren't going to see this button, you'll see that it's a standard form. Now this is something that I created. And I'm going to show you how to do it when we go over the list page type. So in this chapter, we're going to go over each page type in detail.
- Understanding how you can use Google Sites
- Creating a new site
- Adding webpages
- Creating announcements and lists
- Changing layouts
- Working with text, links, images, and video
- Deleting and adding sidebars
- Working with users and visitors