Customize a Google Site address

This feature is not available in the legacy free edition of Google Apps.

You can create easy-to-remember addresses for public websites built in Google Sites. For example, you can create the address www.yourdomain.com for your company web site, support.yourdomain.com for your support site, and so on. Otherwise, when you create a site using Google Sites, the address is sites.google.com/a/yourdomain.com/yoursitename.

To create a custom address for a site:

  1. Build the site in Google Sites.
  2. Make the site public so people outside your organization can visit it.
  3. Map your site to the custom address:
    1. In the Admin console, click Google Apps then Sites.
    2. Click Web address mapping, then Add a new web address.
      Dialog box for adding a new web address mapping
    3. In the Site field, select the domain you want to map from the drop-down list.
    4. Enter the name of the site you want to map.
    5. In the Web address field, enter the subdomain you'd like to map the site to and select the domain from the drop-down list.
    6. Click Save.
  4. Add a CNAME record to map the prefix to the Google server named ghs.googlehosted.com.

    You add a CNAME record using the tools in your domain host's website, not in the Google Admin console.

    If you purchased your domain from a Google partner, you don't need to add a CNAME for your www prefix. We’ve already created that record for you.

Public users can now navigate to your site using the shorter, more friendly address, such as www.yourdomain.com or support.yourdomain.com

Users who are signed in to their Google Apps account can also navigate to the site using this address. When they get there, however, the address bar will display the longer default address, sites.google.com/a/yourdomain.com/yoursitename.

Note: The maximum number of custom site addresses you can create is 2000 per Google Apps account.

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