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New Sites vs. classic Sites admin settings

The new Sites are located in Google Drive—the same location for Google Docs or Sheets. As a result, the sharing and visibility settings for new Sites are managed under the Drive app in the Google Admin console. New Sites uses Drive settings to define sharing and other options.

As a result, some settings in classic Sites don’t have an equivalent in new Sites.  The Sites-specific settings are mostly for classic Sites.

Here’s a quick comparison on how to access new and classic Sites administrator settings once you sign in to the Admin console.

 

Enable site creation

Classic Sites

  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. At the top of the gray box, click More Settingsand choose:
    • On for everyone to turn on the service for all users (click again to confirm).
    • Off to turn off the service for all users (click again to confirm).
    • On for some organizations to change the setting only for some users.
  4. Click Apply.
  5. Select Sharing settings - classic Sites.
  6. Select whether users in your organization can create new sites.

Note:  If classic Sites is off, new Sites is also turned off.


More information

New Sites

  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. Select New Sites.
  4. Under Site creation, select an option.
  5. Click Save.

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Sharing site drafts

Classic Sites

  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. Select Access settings - classic Sites.
  4. Select a sharing option.
  5. Click Save.

Note: Classic Sites doesn’t have the concept of drafts.

More information

New Sites

  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 thenDrive and Docs.
  3. Click Sharing settings.
  4. Choose an option:
    • On
    • Whitelisted domains
    • Off

More information

Published site visibility

Classic Sites

  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. Select Sharing settings - classic Sites.
  4. From the Visibility row, select an option.
  5. Select Access settings - classic Sites.
  6. Select the Users can make Sites public box.

More information

New Sites

  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 thenDrive and Docs.
  3. Click Sharing settings.
  4. Under Sharing options, check the Allow users in [domain] to publish files on the web or make them visible to the world as public or unlisted files box.

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Templates

Classic Sites

  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. Select Templates - classic Sites.

More information

New Sites

Not available.

Web address mapping

Classic Sites

  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. Select Web address mapping.

More information

New Sites

Not available.

 

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