Turn new Sites on or off for users

This article is for administrators of the new Google Sites ("Publish" button at the top right). Get administrator help for the classic Google Sites.

As a G Suite administrator, you can enable or disable people’s ability to create and edit sites.  

Note: To enable new Sites, Drive must also be turned on for the required organizational units.

  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using your administrator account (does not end in @gmail.com).

  2. From the Admin console dashboard, go to Appsand thenG Suiteand thenSites.
  3. If you have the G Suite Enterprise, Business, Education, or Nonprofits edition, select the desired organizational unit. (Compare G Suite editions.) Otherwise, your settings apply to your entire organization.

  4. Select New Sites.
  5. Under Site creation, select an option:
    • Users can create and edit sites
    • Users cannot create and edit sites
  6. Click Save.
  7. Verify that Drive is turned on for the same organizational units that will use new Sites.
  8. (Optional) Revise the sharing and publishing settings in Drive.
Impact of turning off Sites access

If the Sites service is turned off:

  • All users can view the Sites menu option in their browser, but receive an error message when trying to access or edit a site project file.
  • Site project files aren’t deleted, but they can’t be accessed. If Sites is turned back on, people can access their site project files.
Impact of turning off Drive
Turning off someone's Drive service doesn't delete their online documents; it just removes Drive from their account so they can no longer access documents. If you turn their Drive service back on, access to their documents is restored.

This means that if Drive is turned off, Sites are also unavailable for editing, but users’ site data is not deleted.

  • People in your organization cannot view published sites if Drive or Sites is turned off (they can only view published Sites if logged out of their work or school account).  People outside your organization can still view published sites.
  • Site project files can’t be accessed. If Drive is turned back on, people can access their site project files again.


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