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1. Introduction: Google Sites (http://sites.google.com) is a wiki-based free website creation tool offered by Google for all Gmail users or G Suite (Google Apps) enterprise users. The basic purpose of offering the Google Sites was to offer the people with tools that help anyone to be able to create web sites. Google Sites started out as JotSpot in the year 2006, the name and sole product of a software company that offered enterprise social software. In October 2006, JotSpot was acquired by Google and started transition of webpages created by using Google Page Creator (also known as Google Pages) to Google Sites in 2007. In June 2016, Google introduced a complete modified version of the Google Sites platform named New Google Sites and termed the earlier version as Classic Google Sites.

2. Feature of Google Sites: The following are some of the features of the Google Sites both new and the classic version.
a) No Need of Coding Knowledge: Google Sites allows one to create a website without having to know how to write the HTML or other code such as CSS. One can easily create a Google Site by copying MS Word document’s content or the contents of the HTML document or other.
b) Drag and Drop Editing: The New Google Sites page elements can be dragged-and-dropped, and arranged automatically on a grid layout.
c) Multi-Level Menu: Google sites can have an automatically arranged multi-level menu for navigation.
d) Embedding Others: Google Sites allows one to display a variety of information in one place including videos, slideshows, calendars, presentations, attachments, text, HTML codes and others. However, in the Classic Google Sites, third-party gadgets extensions are not supported along with Google AdSense code and even in the New Google Sites, AdSense Code is not allowed.
e) Editing the HTML Code: In the Classic Google Sites, modification and addition of HTML Code of the sites were allowed, however, in the New Google Sites, people cannot access the HTML codes of the site.
f) Collaboration: More than one Google users can collaboratively create a website or edit any part of the website.
g) Tables of Content: People can easily generate a table of content in both the Classic as well as New Google Sites.
h) Search Feature: The search features can be automatically added to the Classic Google Sites.
i) RSS Feed: The Classic Google Sites have the provision of generation of RSS feed by changing the page templates to Announcements, however, in the New Google Sites, as of April, 2020, this facility is not available.
j) Notification of Site Update: In the Classic Google Sites there is an option to get notification every time there is a site or page level modification or updates; however, in the New Google Site this option is not available.
k) Version Control: In the Classic Google Sites there is an option to control version or to revert back to an earlier version, but in the New Google Sites, this option is not available.
l) Responsive Design: The New Google Sites are completely responsive, whereas, the Classic Google Sites were somewhat responsive.
m) Themes: In the Classic Google Sites, there are lots of themes available along with page level-theme like Webpage, Announcement, File Cabinet and List, however, in the New Google Sites, only a few themes and a few layouts are available for the users.
n) Sitemaps: In the Classic Google Site, there was an automatic Sitemaps generator, whereas, in the New Google Sites this option is not available.
o) Access Control: The developer always can control who has access to their site. The published sites can be control to provide restricted access to some users and granular access to different section of the site to different people i.e. Viewer, Editor, Owner, however, in the New Google Site, page level permission is not allowed.
p) Custom Web Address: Use of custom domain for Google site is almost an automatic process for the domains purchased from Google Domains, for domains purchased from others; people need to follow a simple procedure.

3. Conclusion: The Google Sites is available for all Google users freely and even it is a part of the Google’s G Suite (Google apps) which is available for the enterprise users. However, unlike the Classic Google Sites, in the New Google Sites, people cannot control the version i.e. cannot revert back to an earlier version of the page of the Google Site, cannot edit the HTML code of the site, cannot generate a RSS feed or a Sitemaps. Even, in the New Google Sites, people cannot add Google AdSense ad code which were allowed during the initial release of the Classic Google Sites and later on abandoned.



How to Cite this Article?
APA Citation, 7th Ed.:  Barman, B. (2020). A comprehensive book on Library and Information Science. New Publications.
Chicago 16th Ed.:  Barman, Badan. A Comprehensive Book on Library and Information Science. Guwahati: New Publications, 2020.
MLA Citation 8th Ed:  Barman, Badan. A Comprehensive Book on Library and Information Science. New Publications, 2020.

Badan BarmanBadan Barman at present working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Library and Information Science, Gauhati University, Guwahati-781014, Assam, India. He is the creator of the LIS Links (http://www.lislinks.com) - India’s most popular social networking website for Library and Information Science professionals. He also created the UGC NET Guide (http://www.netugc.com) and LIS Study (http://www.lisstudy.com) website.

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