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Top Three Tips for Google Sites

written by: Laura Jean Karr•edited by: J. F. Amprimoz•updated: 3/25/2010

Google Sites is an easy to use application for creating your own online presence. To make things go even smoother, check out the top three tips that will help you enhance your Google Sites pages.

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    Top Three Tips for Google Sites

    Google Sites is becoming more mainstream as former Page Creator users are getting used to the new format. Going into any new format use, there are always tips and tricks developed by more experienced users to help the new users acclimate to the new system in a quick and easy manner. Here we are going to take a look at the top three tips users have developed for Google Sites.

    Inserting Google Calendar

    One of the great things about using Google Sites as a group destination site, is the ability to integrate the calendar application right into the site system. You can even add multiple calendars into sites and let approved people to the site even make calendar changes all in real time.

    To insert your Google Calendar into Google Sites, go to +Create new page. Once you created the new page under the top menu bar click on Insert and a drop down menu will appear. Click on Calendar and embed the url of your Google Calendar, chose the settings that you would like and click Save.

    Change column format

    Whenever you create a new page in Google Sites, the default is set to create a one column page. Unfortunately, at the moment you cannot create a page that will include three columns but you can format the page to show two columns.

    Open a created page or click +Create new page. Once you have your page open, click on Layout in the top menu bar and a drop down menu will show with column options for your page. Select the Two-column option and your page will now be set for two-column.

    Add a slideshow

    Google’s Picasa application for image sharing is another add on that can be integrated with Google Sites. You can new add a full image slide show into a sites page and share event or family photos all online.

    To add a slide-show, either open an existing page or click +Create new page. When your page is open click on Insert in the top menu bar and a drop down menu will appear. Scroll down and choose the Picasa Web slideshow and paste the URL of the PicasaWeb album that you want to be shown in your page. Options available are choosing the slideshow size, creating an Autoplay both with and without captions and title inclusion. Click Save and your image slideshow will now be embedded in the web page.