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3/24/17
Original Poster
Mahou Noir

New Sites not up to scratch when comparing with Old Sites

Hello Everyone,

I'm happy to see that google are still updating sites and it hasn't been forgotten about. However I'm very sad with the fact that the New Sites is very limited. To test drive out the new system I decided to recreate my website in the new system and to try and match it as closely as possible.

Below are links to the two different versions:


My New Sites Version

Concidering that the old sites system will be replaced with the new system makes me think that I need to be looking else where. What do you think?
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3/24/17
Expert - Gold
k8oms
The platform is still a work in progress and is not meant to be a replacement for classic sites yet. Google has released it so that users can see and get used to the features that have been developed so far. Personally I think Google should have made that clear when they released it publicly.

They also said "The most used features from classic Sites will be incorporated gradually, while not ALL the features will be re-introduced Google is constantly monitoring the feedback and prioritizing heavily used and top requested features.  Please make sure you send feedback to Google to make your feature requests and bug reports."

Steegle has made a full comparison chart - see Google Sites Classic Comparison.

Please let him know what you think and if you feel there's anything missing let him know.




3/24/17
Expert - Top Contributor (Alumni)
Steegle
This mistake you may have made is trying to replicate your existing classic site in new Sites: this probably won't work very well at all. now you have a fully responsive platform you need to design in a different way - this article may help:
 As a practical example look at our live site in classic sites, www.steegle.com, and compare that to our new Sites version horizon.steegle.com.
3/24/17
Original Poster
Mahou Noir
Thank you for the comments, I'll see what I can do with googles updates and hopefully can produce a nice looking site. "The platform is still a work in progress" this remind me of when I used to use moonfruit, that thing was eternally a work in progress. I held out for years because they promised it would get better and in the end they took out all of its best features.

I'll check out your links later when I've got more time.
3/24/17
Original Poster
Mahou Noir
On another note: I've just noticed that my buttons are no longer transparent. This is unexpected as the image is stored on google drive and works fine on the old site. Do you have to do anything different when using transparency in the new sites?
3/24/17
Expert - Top Contributor (Alumni)
Steegle
Since I don't know what you did to add the buttons to your site I don't know what could have gone wrong, but I copied a button from your old site and pasted it in one of my new Sites and it remained transparent.  If you have a transparent image stored in Drive there's not special you need to do to add it to new Sites, they work exactly the same.
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3/28/17
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Steegle
There is no "correct" size as the banner will be a different size on every device, so upload as large as possible. You have correctly added an image into the header as a content image, rather than a background image, so it resizes correctly with screen size so to ensure it's visible on all devices. Make sure you upload an image that is large enough at the maximum size: a new Google Site has a maximum width of 1280px so new Sites resizes any uploaded image to be a maximum width of 1175px.  If you upload an image smaller than that and then make it the full width of the site it won't look as good.

You can see our experiments at Large Images - Resized on Upload.

 
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