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Classic Sites vs. New Sites

Classic Sites and new Sites both allow you to quickly create and share websites. Read further to understand the important differences.

User features

Browser support

Classic Sites—You can view and edit sites with any G Suite supported browser.  

New Sites—You can view any new Site with any G Suite supported browser. However, at this time, you can edit the new Sites using only a recent release of the Chrome browser or the latest version of Firefox®.

Accessibility

Classic Sites—See the screen reader instructions and keyboard shortcuts. These are both available from the full Administrator guide to accessibility.

New Sites—See the keyboard shortcuts and screen reader instructions for new Google Sites.

Storage

Classic Sites—Classic sites has specific storage and file limits.

New Sites—Although new Sites is included with Drive, your sites, and the content you embed in them, doesn’t count toward your Drive storage quota. Learn more about Drive storage space.

Photos and other content added to a site is stored within that site (it's not added to Drive or any other Google products). Deleting a Site file also deletes the content within that site. Separate copies stored in Drive are not affected.

Editing options

Look and feel

Classic Sites has a number of options to customize the design, look, and feel of your site.

New Sites was initially re-created to make it even easier to create and share websites. You can pick from a number of themes where colors, fonts, and images have already been optimized for you.

Page Nesting

Classic Sites—You can nest pages in multiple levels under any other page.

New Sites—You can nest pages one level deep.

Copy page

Classic Sites—You can create a new page by copying an existing page.

New Sites—You can't copy pages in the current release.

General

Classic Sites—Some of our popular features, such as commenting to pages, changing a site URL, or setting page-level or group permissions, continue to be available in classic Sites.

New Sites—These features aren’t available yet. Stay tuned as we introduce new options in the future.

Analytics integration

Classic Sites—You can use Google Analytics and other services with your site.

New Sites—You can use Google Analytics with your site.

Accessing Sites

Classic Sites—Go to http://sites.google.com and sign in with your Google Account.

New Sites—Open http://sites.google.com/new with a Chrome web browser, or select Sites from your Google Drive menu (just like Google Docs or Sheets).

Administrator features

Admin controls

Classic Sites—G Suite administrators can turn classic Sites on or off independently of other services.  Sharing, template, access, and other settings are also managed independently.

New Sites—G Suite administrators can turn Site access on or off independently of other services (in the Sites section of the Google admin console). However, Drive must also be enabled and sharing and publishing settings are defined by your organization’s Drive settings.

Core service support

New and classic Sites—Both new and classic Sites are a G Suite core service. Google provides customer support for Sites and other G Suite core services according to the scope of support for each app

APIs

Classic Sites—You can continue to use the Sites API.

New Sites—While you may be able to do some things to new Sites through the Drive API, this is not officially supported at the moment.

 

 

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