Create a user Start Page
A Start Page appears when people your organization log in to their Google Apps accounts. The Start Page provides immediate access to Google services and other content, such as interactive gadgets and updated content.
The Start Page template also allows administrators to limit access to some content on users' Start Pages, which is especially appropriate for organizations such as K-12 schools.
How the Start Page works
On the Start Page, you can add content, including text, images, and gadgets, in a "locked" area, which users can't modify. You can also choose a theme and other design elements for the page. At any time, you can update the locked area and page design, and all users' Start Pages will be updated with the changes.
Below the locked area on the Start Page, users can add gadgets of their choice from the public directory to personalize the page. However, you can specify which of these gadgets users can add to their Start Page, by "whitelisting" or "blacklisting" them. Learn more
For even more control over Start Page content, you can also create private gadgets that are only visible to users in your organization's domain. Learn more
Before you begin
Before you begin creating your Start Page, ensure that Google Sites is enabled for your organization's Google Apps account. Learn more.
Start pages are available with Google Apps for Work and Google Apps for Education only. People who will use the Start Page must be in an organizational unit for which Google Sites is turned on. Learn more about organizational units
Create a user Start Page
Note: If you have users in different domains, users in non-primary domains need to sign in using their full email address, as described in Step 5 below.Step 1: Create a new Start Page
- Sign in to Google Sites, using your administrator account.
- Click Create.
- Enter a name for the site. Because the name will appear at the top of users's Start Pages and in the URL for the site, you might want to choose a name like "Google Apps Start Page."
- When ready, click Create.
- Click the gear icon at the top of the page and select Manage site.
- Click Page templates and ensure that Start Page is selected.
- Click the site title to return to the site.
- Create the start page:
- Click Create page.
- Under Select a template to use, select Start Page.
- In the Name field, enter the name you want to use for the Start Page. Users will see this name at the top of their Start Page, so you might want to name it "Start" or "Start Page."
- Click Create.
- On the Start Page you just created, click Edit page.
- In the area at the top of the page, add the content you want users to always see, such as text, images, and gadgets. This area is "locked," so users can't modify it. Below the locked area is where users can customize their page.
- Once you are finished setting up the "locked" area of the page, click Save.
- Optionally, click Add personal gadgets to add suggested gadgets for users. Users can remove these gadgets if they like.
Create a design for your users' Start Pages using page and site templates.
To customize the web address (URL) for the Start Page, you'll need to update your domain's CNAME records.
- Click the gear icon and select Manage site > General.
- Under Landing Page, click Change, select the start page you created, and then click OK.
- Click Save.
- Under Web Address Mapping, click Map this Site.
- In the Site Location field, replace the location of the site's home page with the location of the Start Page.
- In the Web Address field, enter the address by which you want users to access their Start Page. We recommend something easy to remember such as "start.yourdomain.com"
- Click Add mapping.
- Follow the instructions that appear to update your CNAME records with the new address.
- Once your CNAME records are updated, go back to the site you created for the Start Page.
- Share the site with your domain: Click the gear icon and select Manage site > Share this site. Ensure Anyone at your domain may view this site is selected. (Don't allow users to edit the site.)
- Tell your users they can access their new personal Start Page at the web address you specified.
If multiple domains are associated with your organization's Google Apps account (Google Apps for Work and Education only): Users whose accounts are not in your primary domain can't sign in to the Start Page using the default Sign In screen. Instead, on the Sign In screen, they'll need to click Sign in with a different account, and then provide their full email address:
Once users sign in to their new Start Page, they can click Add personal gadgets to customize their page.
- Currently, a Gmail gadget isn't available for the Start Page in Google Sites.
- The Start Page in Google Sites doesn't add a Start Page link at the top of users' Gmail or other Google service page.