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									Create A Google Site
Adapted from:

http://edutraining.googleapps.com/Training-Home/module-5-sites

Introduction to Sites
Google Sites is an online application that makes creating a class, school, or project web site as easy as editing a
document. With Google Sites, people can quickly gather a variety of information in one place -- including videos,
calendars, presentations, attachments, and text -- and easily share it for viewing or editing with a small group, their class,
the entire school, or sometimes the world. You always control who has access to your site.

Think of building a site in Google Sites as creating a collaborative wiki. A "wiki" is a website that can be easily edited by
multiple authors. You can allow others contribute to the site, track the changes made to your site, and add rich media –
no html programming required.

Here's what you can do with Google Sites:
   	 Customize your site.
   	 Create sub-pages to keep your content organized.
   	 Add navigation menus
   	 Choose page types: webpage, announcements, file cabinet, lists, dashboards, start pages.
   	 Have a central location for your web content and offline files.
   	 Keep your site as private or public as you'd like.
   	 Search across your Google Sites content with Google search technology.


Create, format, and customize a site
You can access Google Sites from any of your school Google Apps product pages.
   1.	 In the top left corner of any product main page, you will see a list of links.
   2.	 Click Sites.




In addition to the links at the top left of any Google Apps page, you can also access Google Sites through a custom URL
for ACC:
     1.	 Type http://sites.google.com/a/austincc.edu into your browser address bar.


Once you have logged in to Google Sites on your school Apps account, you can create a new site. You can design your
own site, or you can choose a site template to help you get started. Some common site templates are highlighted on the
site creation page, or you can click Browse the gallery for more to see more template options.

To create a new site, follow these steps:

    1.	 Click on the                    button located in your Google Sites directory that appears you've signed into
        Google Site with your school Apps account.
    2.	 Select Blank template if you would like to design your own site from scratch, or click the Browse the gallery link
        to select the ACC template or choose from a variety of site templates.
    3.	 Type your Site name - this will also auto-populate your Site URL to be sites.google.com/a/austincc.edu/your-
        site-name.
    4.	 If you would like to change your site URL, you can change what appears after austincc.edu. Just type the new
        name for your site in the box following austincc.edu
             o	 Please note: Choose your site url with care. If you change the site name later, your site url will not
                 change. The URL you choose can't be changed after you create your site or be used again if the site is
                 deleted.
When selecting a URL for your site, keep the following in mind:
    Your site name (and URL) can't conflict with an existing site name.
    Site URLs can only use these characters: A-Z, a-z, 0-9.




Beneath the site URL, there are also 2 additional sections, Choose a theme and More Options.

       You can select a design for your site in the Choose a theme section. You do not need to select this option if you
        selected the ACC template.
       You will be able to add a description and category for your site and select the sharing access level in the More
        Options section, which will be reviewed in the next step.

Categories allow you to group related sites and make them accessible together within the popular categories list for your
school Apps domain. For example, if you used a 'math department' category for your site, and all other math teachers
used that category, then someone at your school could browse the 'math' category to view all 'math' sites.

A Site Description can be added to identify the purpose of your site. This will appear next to your site name in the list of
sites at your school's domain.

Both the Category and Site Description settings are not required and can be modified after the site is created.


When in the site creation process, you can add the site category and description in the More Options section beneath
the site name and URL:
    1.	 Click anywhere on the More Options section on the 'Create a new site' page.
    2.	 Type in the names of the categories for your site in the 'Site Categories' box, separated by commas (e.g. "math
         department, ms. smith").
    3. Type in a short description of your site in the 'Site Description' box (e.g. "Ms. Smith's math class site with
       homework assignments, class schedule, parent newsletter, and class materials").




While creating your site, you can select a broad sharing access setting for collaboration within your site in the More
Options section beneath the site name and URL. The following are the types of settings you can choose:



When you use this setting, this will allow any faculty or staff member at ACC with a school Apps account can make
changes or edit your site. This includes creating and editing pages within your site, but not making changes to the overall
site settings such as the site name, description, categories, navigation, or sharing settings.

    	   If you would like to let everybody at your school domain view (not edit) the site, do not select this option. You can
         choose a different sharing setting after you create the site.



This means the site is only visible to you at the moment, but you can later add individuals to make changes as a
collaborator or to access the site as a viewer



This setting is useful if you want to share your site with people who do not have school Apps accounts – students,
parents, alumni, educators outside of your school. While anyone can view the site, this setting will not allow them to make
changes to the site. You will remain the only person to edit the site. You can later add people to edit the site.

You can change the sharing options in your site at any time, just follow these steps:
   1.	 In your site, make sure you are not editing a page (if you see the Save and Cancel button, you are in editing
       mode). If in editing mode, click Save or Cancel to exit.
   2.	 Click on the More Actions button and select Site Permissions from the drop down. This will open up Sharing
       Settings.
    3. Here you can add, edit, or remove individuals or groups from your site. You can also select whether you want
       your entire school domain to edit or view your site by selecting Change and modifying the settings of your site.




Show or Hide the Site Title
Your site title is the name of your website you entered when you created the site. By default, this name will appear at the
top of any page within your site.

Showing the site title name can be helpful, as it appears as a hyperlink and any user that clicks on the site name will be
taken back to your site homepage. However, a reason you may want to hide the site title is if you have a logo or picture
that contains your site title. Thus, having both a picture with the name and the text could be redundant.

If you would like to hide your site title from appearing on all pages in your site, follow these steps:
     1.	 In your site, make sure you are not editing a page (if you see the Save and Cancel button, you are in editing
         mode). If in editing mode, click Save or Cancel to exit.
     2.	 Click on the More Actions button and select Manage Site from the drop down.




    3. In the left hand side under the 'Site settings' category, click 'General'.
    4. Beneath the 'Site name' box is a checkbox that says 'Show site name at top of pages.' Uncheck this box to hide
       your site title from all pages in your site.




    5.	 Click Save Changes.
    6.	 If you would like to go back to your site, click the Return to Site link at the top left of the page, or else you can
        continue to make changes to the settings of your site.

Another option to hide the site title from appearing is to change the color of your site title. To change the color of your site
title, follow these steps:
      1.	 In your site, make sure you are not editing a page (if you see the Save and Cancel button, you are in editing
           mode). If in editing mode, click Save or Cancel to exit.
      2.	 Click on the More Actions button.
      3.	 Choose Manage Site from the drop down.
      4.	 In the left hand side under the 'Site appearance' category, click 'Colors and Fonts'.




    5.	 Scroll down to see the 'Site header' category and click the 'Site title color' option.
    6.	 You can select 'None' as a color (to make it invisible) or choose white (if your background is white) or another
        color that matches your background. A preview of how the site title will appear is shown below.
    7.	 When you are satisfied with the preview of how your site title will look, click Save Changes.
             o	 Please note: If you do not click Save Changes your setting will not be applied.
    8.	 If you would like to go back to your site, click the Return to Site link at the top left of the page, or else you can
        continue to make changes to the settings of your site.


Choosing A Theme

When in the site creation process, you must choose a theme for your site unless you have chosen to use ACC’s template:
   1.	 In the 'Choose a theme' section there are 3 themes available. Click anywhere in the Choose a themes section to
       show all 50 themes.
   2.	 Select the theme you would like to use by clicking the radio button beneath the theme thumbnail.
   3.	 If you have already filled out the site name, URL, categories, and description, click Create Site.

If you have already created your site, you can easily change the theme of your site, just follow these steps:
     1.	 In your site, make sure you are not editing a page (if you see the Save and Cancel button, you are in editing
         mode). If in editing mode, click Save or Cancel to exit.
     2.	 Click on the More Actions button.
     3.	 Choose Manage Site from the drop down.




    4.	 In the left hand side under the 'Site appearance' category, click Themes.

    5.	 Here you will see thumbnails of all 50 themes available.
    6.	 You can see a preview of how your site would look with a theme by clicking
        the Preview link beneath a theme thumbnail.
    7.	 To select a theme, click on the theme thumbnail or radio button, then click Save
        Changes.
             o	 Please note: If you do not click Save Changes your theme will not be
                applied.
    8.	 If you would like to go back to your site, click the Return to Site link at the top left of
        the page, or else you can continue to make changes to the settings of your site.

								
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