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Quick step-by-step guide to get you online using Google Sites




Whatever the reason, we're glad you're here! These tools have tons of real world application. From getting your business online to building your personal portfolio, a website is an extremely important tool to get you connected with your audience. Here we go!

First: Gmail | Google applications

Creating a Google Mail account will give you access to the tools you need to build your website. If you currently have a Gmail, you're good to go! If you don't, creating one is quick and you can do so at the following link.

Step 1: Click this link.

Step 2: Click Create Account

Step 3: Add in your username, name and password and you'll be all set!

second: google sites

Google Sites is a platform Google offers to help individuals and businesses connected online at no charge so long as you have a gmail account set up. Lets get you started.

Please note: Google Sites can be accessed from the applications in the upper right hand corner of your screen BUT to simplify the process, go ahead and click the following link to get you there.

Step 1: Click here

Step 2: Get started by clicking blank or by choosing a template and making changes.

PLEASE NOTE

Dont let this screen intimidate you. Lets go through a cool concept that Web Developers call the box model. Ultimately, websites are comprised of a ton of boxes that are placed on top of eachother, side-to-side, have different sizes and different features which you can select.

Lets push forward by:

  • Clicking template gallery

  • Then clicking Dog Walker

This template is only one page long and easy to work with. Go ahead, follow along!

third: updating and publishing your site

Step 1: Click on the box that says [Name] Dog Walking & Pet Sitting and update the information to your name and your occupation. Also, in the upper left next to the purple icon - replace Dog Walker with your occupation. I will enter Senor Web, Web Helper

Step 2: That box - is inside a larger box with a picture of dogs in it. At the bottom of the box (with dogs in it) - click reset. This will remove the dog picture.

Step 3: Click on the box labeled About Me and replace the details with your own. For those that aren't too sure what to type, follow the same format. Type:

  • your occupation

  • why you love it

  • any professional experience or licensure.

Step 4: Click on the last box, update your availability as well as your phone and email. Feel free to delete the other fields.

Step 5: Click Publish (top right corner), fill in your name, and click Publish again.

You're all done! You're website can be found at https://sites.google.com/view/yournamehere

Reference

Our masterpiece can be viewed here.

Additional guides and helpful tips provided by Google can be found here.

Now, this was obviously over simplified and will probably not be enough to satisfy your professional endeavors but it is a great start.

Follow Along!

What's next?

Take a few moments to play around with Google Sites. Check out your favorite organization's website for inspiration. Lastly, click the button below and check out our additional resources!

Are you a student?

Check out our student website section for tips on creating a website to display your professional projects to potential employers.