Integrate with Google Sites

This article gives you the steps to connect a site developed with Google Sites to your subdomain. Google Sites is a tool that lets you easily create websites using structured templates. Learn more about Google Sites.

To forward your root domain (example.com) to your subdomain (subdomain.example.com), create a subdomain forward for @.

Create a CNAME record in Google Domains

To add your subdomain as a web address for a site that you created on Google Sites, you first need to create a CNAME record in Google Domains. To create a CNAME record:

  1. Sign in to Google Domains.
  2. Select the name of your domain.
  3. Open the Menu Menu.
  4. Click DNS.
  5. Scroll to Custom resource records.
  6. In the '@' field, enter the subdomain of the web address that you want to use with the Google site, such as, 'www'.
  7. Click the 'A' field drop-down menu and select CNAME.
  8. In the 'Domain name' field, enter GHS.GOOGLEHOSTED.COM.

  9. Click Add.

Add a web address in Google Sites

The steps to add a web address in Google Sites are different based on whether you created a site with a regular Gmail account or an account through G Suite. Follow the steps below based on your Google Account.

Use a regular Gmail account

Follow the steps below based on whether you created a site on new or classic Google Sites.

New Google Sites

You can add up to five URLs to your Google site by following these steps:

  1. On a computer, open your site in new Google Sites.
  2. At the top, click More More Custom URLs.
  3. Enter your custom URL.
  4. Click Assign.

Learn more about how to use a custom URL for your site.

Classic Google Sites

To add a web address in classic Google Sites, follow these steps:

  1. Sign in to classic Google Sites, and go to the site that you're integrating with your domain.
  2. Click the More actions menu in the top right-hand corner.
  3. Select Manage site.
  4. On the left-hand side of the Manage site page, click Web address.
  5. Under Add a web address, enter the address of the subdomain that you're using, for example subdomain.example.com.
  6. To add your address, click Add at the top of the page.

Use a G Suite account

To add a web address in Google Sites if you have an account through G Suite, follow the steps below:

Note: Before taking these steps, make sure that you've created a CNAME record in Google Domains.

  1. Open the Google Admin console.
  2. From the Admin console homepage, go to Apps G Suite Sites.
  3. Click Custom URL Click + to add a custom URL.
  4. Select site type: New Sites or Classic Sites and click Continue.
  5. Enter your Google Sites URL and click Continue.
  6. Enter the subdomain (Example: www) you want to use and click Continue.
  7. Click Add custom URL.

Note: Depending on your location, DNS changes may take a propagation period of several minutes or up to 48 hours to take effect across the entire Internet.

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