Transition from classic Sites to new Sites

The timelines below are for administrators and users. If you're not a Google Workspace customer, see this different timeline for consumers.

The new Google Sites is now the only option for website creation in Google Workspace and the ability to edit your classic sites will end starting January 30, 2023. As the next step, convert your organization's classic sites to new sites before January 30, 2023 to avoid disruption for site viewers.

What’s happened so far

  • As of August 2020: New Sites became the default for site creation. 
  • As of March 2021: Admins could access the Classic Sites Manager, where you can review your organization’s classic Sites and migrate them to new Sites.
  • As of May 2021: No sites could be created in classic Sites. 
  • As of January 30, 2023: Editing of classic sites is turned off. You can migrate your classic Sites for a smooth transition. If you don't migrate your classic Sites, your classic Sites will be automigrated to New Sites and the original classic site will be deleted.

After January 30, 2023 (previously January 1, 2023):

  • Classic sites will be automatically saved as HTML files to the site owner’s Drive then converted to draft new Sites for site owners to review and publish.
  • The primary super admin will receive a notification after all classic Sites in an organization are migrated.
  • Editing of classic Sites is turned off. You can migrate your classic Sites for a smooth transition. If you do not migrate your classic Sites, your classic Sites will be  automigrated to New Sites and the original classic site will be deleted.

To avoid disruption for site viewers

If you want a site to be available to viewers, convert it to new Sites using the Classic Sites Manager or classic Sites settings. Using these tools, you can publish your new site at the same URL as the old site to avoid disruption to viewers.

Sites transition best practices for admins

First, ensure all user groups have access to new Google Sites as soon as possible.

Next, decide on your approach for the transition. Do you want individual site owners to migrate their sites, or do you as the admin want to manage the entire migration?

Manage classic Sites migration

  1. Migrate inactive sites by deleting or archiving them. Choose an option:
    • Export classic Sites using Google Takeout.
    • Delete any classic Sites that are no longer useful to your organization. A sign that the site might be a good candidate to delete is that no one edited or viewed it in the past year.
  2. Turn off editing in classic Sites. 
  3. Start migrating active sites by converting them or rebuilding them in new Sites:
    • Convert the most viewed or most frequently edited sites from classic Sites to new Sites.
    • When you have a draft of the new site, compare the sites and make any manual adjustments or changes the new Site might need.
    • Publish the new site over the URL of the classic Site.

For certain sites, you might consider rebuilding the site from scratch in new Sites using the site templates available. This might be easier than converting and manually adjusting sites, especially for sites with a number of features that are unsupported in new Sites.

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How do I know if I’m affected?

To see if your organization has any classic sites that need to be migrated, visit the Classic Sites Manager.

I’ve seen different transition timelines in user help articles or forums.

The key dates for consumers and Google Workspace users are different. The dates in this article are accurate for Google Workspace customers. If you’re a Gmail user using classic Sites, see Convert your classic Sites to new Sites.

Why is this change happening?

We designed new Sites to help you and your users create websites without programming experience, across mobile and desktop, and with real-time collaboration. New Sites is a replacement for classic Sites, built on Google’s latest infrastructure. For more information, see the related Google Workspace blog entry.

I don’t have access to an Admin console. What steps should I take? What are the differences between classic Sites and new Sites? Who becomes the site owner after I convert a classic Site to new Sites?

The person who converts the site from classic Sites to new Sites becomes the site owner.

For example, if an admin converts the site, they become the owner of the new site, and:

  • Previous owners become editors.
  • Viewers stay viewers.
  • Editors stay editors.

The admin can later transfer ownership of the site to someone else, if needed.

For more information about the experience for users, see the section about converting your site in classic Sites settings in Convert your classic Site to new Sites.

How do I delete my classic Site?

During the migration phase, you will not be able to permanently delete any classic Site with a corresponding new Site draft. These classic Sites will be removed by Google after the migration is complete.

To view your classic Site content, you can export your classic Site by clicking Download in the classic Sites home screen, using the Classic Sites Manager, or going to Note that Takeout may not be enabled for all end users in your organization.

What happens to my classic Site after migration?

When a classic Sites is automatically migrated, the old site is deleted and the new site is in draft status until you publish it. Auto-converted classic sites can’t be manually converted or restored.

If you manually migrate your site, your classic Site is not deleted. You can manually delete your classic Site, which can be restored within 30 days. For details, see Delete or restore your site.

For more information, see Classic Sites migration details.

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