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Hi, folks!

We’re continuing our transition to the new Sites experience and want to make sure you migrate any sites you want to remain available to visitors. If your classic site is inactive and you take no action, it will no longer be available on Google Sites as of November 1, 2020.

An inactive site is any classic site that hasn’t been edited or viewed since before January 2018. We’ve indicated if your site is inactive in Classic Sites Manager, and you can learn more about how to convert it to the new Sites experience in our Help Center.

If you take no action, your inactive website(s) will automatically be downloaded as an archive and saved to your Google Drive starting November 1, 2020 and will no longer be available in Google Sites.

Starting November 1, 2020, any new Site creation will only be available in the new experience.

We’ve listened to your feedback, and your top requests are now included in the new Sites experience. You can compare features and functionality between the classic and new experiences and learn about how we’re making Sites easier to use, more collaborative, and optimized for desktop and mobile platforms. We hope to see you on the new Sites experience soon.

Looking forward,

The Google Sites Team
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Can there be a Classic Google Sites version of an Archive like what code.google.com has? Because not everyone's gonna switch or there are going to go to Blogger.com for the themes and editing support that it has. And they aren't gonna bring their Classic Site. And can Classic Sites have a GitHub repo with all of the Code as I sent feedback but haven't heard anything? 

Although people liked New sites when it came out but in my opinion, it hasn't aged very well with little features added. If this continues it could have your product put in the History books who once was popular now dead (Just like Myspace). And can have people stop making videos about it.

There should be a thing where you can switch from new sites editing to Classic Sites Editing. (Won't get in too much detail but) Including something called text editor mode where they can edit the Code of their site and page. Including old themes and templates from Classic Sites.

Classic site creation is still here and allowed.(Not anymore) Hope classic sites stays.


If you are listening can you and the site's team give us more info about classic sites and new sites and what is going on because we haven't gotten info since august? Are more features coming in the next few months or what.

Also, bring back classic sites creation or I'm officially leaving Sites and not coming back ever, Actually I'm leaving now:
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@Pri S.

Sorry I need to comment on one of the statements you have made as it's inaccurate:
We’ve listened to your feedback, and your top requests are now included in the new Sites experience. 
Here's a list of the top requests from this forum and some from the wider customer base (I work for a Google Cloud Partner so know what your paying Google Workspace customers are requesting too):
  • Control over how your site appears when shared on social media (i.e. editable Open Graph Protocol tags) so you can get a useful description of the page/site shared and simply just the correct URL for your site!  This is literally commented on in this forum EVERY day and not available!

  • Announcement page equivalent in new Sites or any kind of news/blog tool to make news style pages.

  • Being able to search what's on your site as none of the content embedded from Docs and Drive is found in search - this is a loss of functionality from classic Sites as file cabinet pages and list pages have been moved to Drive and Sheets and, therefore, cannot be searched.  CloudSearch is not a viable solution as it's not available to all and searches everything your Google Workspace account can see and not just what's available on the site.

  • XML Sitemap - classic Sites automatically generated an XML sitemap you can use in Google Search Console to get your pages indexed and new Google Sites does not. In this forum new Sites users ask about how to get their sites indexed multiple times a week. Since new Sites does not offer this and Google Search Console has temporarily disabled index requests at the moment there's no way to actual get your new Google Site indexed.

  • Page-level permissions is a top request that's "in development" and NOT now included in the new Sites experience - this is not going to help anyone trying to migrate their sites before November 2020

  • Custom design is a top request that's "in development" and NOT now included in the new Sites experiencethis is not going to help anyone trying to migrate their sites before November 2020
Your statement continues to say:
You can compare features and functionality between the classic and new experiences 
Google's comparison literally makes no mention of how announcement, file cabinet and list pages are migrated and therefore does not inform the site owner what the new experiences will be and the functionality lost, so it's a very misleading picture.  If anyone wants a more comprehensive list of the differences between classic and new Google Sites then see Google Sites Classic Comparison and a detailed description of what happens to your pages during a migration see What can the classic Google Sites to new Google Sites conversion tool do?
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Google Sites is a good feature, but there are some things you could add, for example:

1. You should add all the formatting options Google Docs has, like changing font color, size, and more options for different fonts, as well as insert table options, and an option for bullets.
2. An option for a privacy policy people need to check would also be really good.
3. An option for a page to be password protected, and a custom password, and a custom password question, like "My sister's middle name is _____________."
4. An option for an announcement banner on a page that isn't the homepage and only on that page.
5. An option to turn the search on or off, and for certain pages not to appear in search.

Other than that, I think you've done a really good job on creating the new Google Sites. You can insert Google Docs, Google Slides, Google Forms, and embed things on the page just by adding the link. You can also insert images and captions with links!

I believe that the Google Sites team could get this done if they put their minds to it. Thank you Google Websites Team!

(I have upvoted this post.)

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I've decided against moving my classic Google site to New. I'll be migrating it elsewhere.

It's too many steps back. It looked promising when released, but has barely moved forward.

The features that have been rolled out in the last 18 months have been dismal.

I understand some of these requests are not easy, and do take some time. But others seem trivial - how hard is it to add more control over text sizes, styles, and fonts? Even if it's only Google Fonts.

I love the idea of simplicity and accessibility to all users but this really needs stepping up a gear if it's going to be a success.
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@Molly Fisher
Your best bet is to upload the cover image to Drive and then you can insert it from there.

If you need any further help, please start a new thread as this one is going to be locked now
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