Starting September 1, 2021, classic Sites will not be viewable by others. Learn how to convert to new Sites today.

Convert your classic Sites to new Sites

Important: This article only applies to people who use Sites with a personal account. If you use a Google Account through school or work, learn more about your transition timeline.

Classic Sites transition

Starting September 1, 2021, classic Sites will no longer be viewable by anyone. If you want your websites to continue to be viewable, you must convert and publish them to the new Google Sites experience before September 1, 2021.

You can use the Classic Sites Manager to help you transition your websites as follows:

  • Convert your websites to the new experience as unpublished drafts.
  • Download your websites if you want to store archived versions of your websites.
  • Delete websites you no longer need.

If you take no action before September 1, any classic Sites you own are automatically:

  • Downloaded as an archive and saved to your Google Drive.
  • Replaced with a draft in the new Google Sites experience for you to review and publish.
    • Important: Sites that exceed 5000 pages may not be replaced by a draft in new Google Sites. 

Learn more about what will happen if you take no action.

Find out if you can convert your classic Site

You can convert most classic Sites to new Sites. If you can’t convert your site, you can create a new site.

  1. On a computer, open a classic Site. If you don’t own the site, contact the site owner.
  2. In the top right, click Settings Settings Grey.
  3. Click Manage site.
  4. In the left menu, click Convert to new Sites. If this text doesn't appear, you can copy your content to new Sites.
Convert your Site
When you convert a site, the new Sites content policies apply.
Convert your site in Classic Sites Manager
  1. On your computer, go to classic Sites.
  2. On the left panel, click Classic Sites Manager
  3. On the right panel, click Conversion tool. Select one or more sites to convert. You can use filters to find the sites you need. 
  4. Click Convert
  5. To keep the same site permissions, check the box next to "Preserve sharing settings."
  6. Click Convert.
    • It may take several minutes to convert large Sites.
    • After conversion, changes you make to your original Site won't transfer to the new one.
  7. To review your Site, click Review draft.
    • Optional: If you plan to publish your new site to another address, click Advanced and then Disconnect
  8. To publish your site, at the top right, click Publish.
  9. Enter a web address for your new site.
    • Optional: To change who can view your site, click Manage.
  10. Click Publish.

Tips: If you initiate the conversion of multiple classic Sites to new Sites:

  • You’ll become the owner of the converted sites.
  • If someone is unable to create new Sites in your site settings, they also won’t be able to convert classic Sites.
  • If some sites can’t be converted, like if they’re in a different domain than you, they’ll be skipped and you’ll be notified by email.
  • Completion emails are only sent if a conversion fails for a size violation. If you want to check for other failures, you can filter for sites that say “Not started” once your bulk conversion is complete.
Convert your Site in classic Sites settings
  1. On your computer, go to classic Google Sites.
  2. In the top right corner, click Settings Settings Grey
  3. Click Manage site.
  4. In the left menu, click Convert to new Sites.
  5. To keep the same site permissions, check the box next to "Share with the same people."
  6. Click Start.
    • It may take several minutes to convert large sites.
    • After conversion, changes you make to your original site won't transfer to the new one.
  7. Click Continue.
  8. To review your site, click Review draft.
    • Optional: If you plan to publish your new site to another address, click Advanced and then Disconnect.
  9. To publish your site, at the top right, click Publish.
  10. Enter a web address for your new site.
    • Optional: To change who can view your site, click Manage.
  11. Click Publish.
Copy your classic Site to new Sites 
  1. On your computer, open new Sites.
  2. At the top, under "Start a new site," select a template.
  3. On the right, click Pages.
  4. Click Add Add publish.
  5. Copy and paste content from your classic site to your new site.
  6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 as necessary.
  7. To publish your site, at the top right, click Publish.
  8. Enter a web address for your new site.
    • Optional: To change who can view your site, click Manage.
  9. Click Publish.

Tip: Add a link on your classic Site to send people to your new Site.

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