Turn classic Sites on or off for users

This article is for administrators of the classic Google Sites (no Publish button at the top right). Get help for administrators of the new Google Sites.

If you have Drive Enterprise edition, classic Sites are not available. You can use new Sites or upgrade to G Suite Enterprise to get classic Sites.

As a G Suite administrator, you can turn classic Sites on or off for people in your organization. People who have classic Sites turned on can use it to create and manage websites at your domain's web address. 

Using multiple domains? People in all your domains can use Sites.

To control who uses classic Sites in your organization

Before you begin: To turn the service on or off for certain users: Put their accounts in an organizational unit (to control access by department) or put them in an access group (to control access for users across or within departments).

  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 Home page, go to Appsand thenG Suiteand thenSites.
  3. At the top right of the gray box, click Edit Service Compose.

  4. To turn on or off a service for everyone in your organization, click On for everyone or Off for everyone, and then click Save.

  5. To turn on or off a service only for users in an organizational unit:

    1. At the left, select the organizational unit.
    2. Select On or Off.
    3. To keep the service turned on or off even when the service is turned on or off for the parent organizational unit, click Override.
    4. If the organization's status is already Overridden, choose an option:
      • Inherit—Reverts to the same setting as its parent.
      • Save—Saves your new setting (even if the parent setting changes).

    Learn more about organizational structure.

  6. To turn on a service for a set of users across or within organizational units, select an access group. For details, go to turn on a service for a group.
Changes typically take effect in minutes, but can take up to 24 hours. For details, see Admin console settings don't update.  

Impact of turning off classic Sites access

If the class Sites service is turned off:

  • An error message is displayed to users indicating that they don't have access to Sites and should contact their domain administrator to provide access.
  • Users can't access existing Sites, pages, or a list of all sites.
  • The classic Sites API doesn't work.
  • 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.

Next steps

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