New Google Sites

Since the release of new Google Sites in 2016, Google has been planning to retire classic Google Sites and replace it with new Google Sites. Google announced their timeline for doing so in August 2020. Changes began on May 15, 2021, with the end of classic Sites creation. Now, new Google websites can only be created in new Sites. Refer to Google's Timeline below for more details.

ITS highly encourages you to convert your classic Google Sites to new Sites as soon as possible to avoid data loss in 2022.

Google’s Timeline

  • May 15, 2021 - The ability to create new classic Sites will be turned off.
  • June 1, 2022 (previously December 1, 2021) - The ability to edit your remaining classic Sites will be turned off.
  • July 1, 2022 (previously January 1, 2021) - The ability for users to view the content of a classic Site will be turned off.

If you do not convert your classic Google Site before July 1, Google will automatically transition it by:

  1. Downloading the site as an archive and saving it to your Google Drive.
  2. Replacing the site with a draft in new Google Sites for you to review and publish if desired.
  3. Deleting the classic Site once Google has downloaded and replaced it.

Refer to Convert Your Classic Google Sites to New Sites for more information on how to convert your classic Google Sites to new Google Sites.

Caution: Key classic Google Sites features and functionality are still missing in new Google Sites. As a result, the conversion process is not one-to-one, and it will likely break parts of your site. Until Google brings these key features over to new Sites, you will need to adjust your sites accordingly post-conversion. Visit the Google Sites Help Center to learn more about what to expect when you convert a classic Site to a new Site.

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