Google Sites

Google Sites is a structured wiki- and Web page-creation tool offered by Google.

The goal of Google Sites is for anyone to be able to create simple web sites that support collaboration between different editors.[1]

Google Sites
Screenshot of the editing mode in the New Google Sites.
Screenshot of the editing mode in the
New Google Sites.
Initial releaseFebruary 28, 2008
TypeWebsite creation
(New version)
(Classic version)


Google Sites started out as JotSpot, the name and sole product of a software company that offered enterprise social software. It was targeted mainly at small-sized and medium-sized businesses. The company was founded by Joe Kraus and Graham Spencer, co-founders of Excite.

In February 2006, JotSpot was named part of Business 2.0, "Next Net 25",[2] and in May 2006, it was honored as one of InfoWorld's "15 Start-ups to Watch".[3] In October 2006, JotSpot was acquired by Google.[4] Google announced a prolonged data transition of webpages created using Google Page Creator (also known as "Google Pages") to Google Sites servers in 2007. On February 28, 2008, Google Sites was unveiled using the JotSpot technology.[5] The service was free, but users needed a domain name, which Google offered for $10. However, as of May 21, 2008, Google Sites became available for free, separately from Google Apps, and without the need for a domain.[6]

In June 2016, Google introduced a complete rebuild of the Google Sites platform, named New Google Sites,[7][8] along with transition schedule from Classic Google Sites.[9]


New Google Sites


  • Responsive design of the new themes.[10]
  • Domain name mapping – owners can map their site to a custom domain name.
  • Drag and drop editing – page elements can be dragged-and-dropped, and arranged automatically on a grid layout.
  • Levels of permissions (Owner, Editor and Viewer).
  • Support for embedding HTML and JavaScript
  • Automatic multi-level menus
  • Integration with Google Drive, Google Maps and more.
  • Classic Google Sites third-party gadgets extensions are not supported anymore
  • No support for Google Apps Script
  • Very limited styling options, no support for custom CSS
  • Cannot remove footer

Classic Google Sites


  • Domain name mapping – owners can map their site to a custom domain name.
  • Access permissions
  • Page templates
  • File attachments
  • HTML source editing
  • Gadgets – XML modules that can be embedded in a Site and may contain custom CSS and JavaScript. Gadgets achieve two purposes:
  1. Separation or Abstraction – custom code can be abstracted to a distinct file
  2. Reuse – the same gadget can be reused by multiple sites as it is published publicly
  • No open use of Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) or JavaScript. JavaScript can be used within the confines of an embedded gadget or the HTML box. Inline CSS can be used within the webpage content area.
  • Limited e-store capabilities, have to use the Google i-store gadget to add a shopping cart, iframe a third-party e-store provider such as Amazon, or use a Google Buy Now button.
  • Limited use of HTML coding. HTML is checked and modified when saved, Javascript is made safe with Caja. CSS cannot be incorporated in the theme templates; however, inline CSS can be used within the webpage content area.
  • Sites that are hosted on Google Sites are not available to residents of countries where Google services are blocked.


Following a regional Turkish court ruling in 2009, all pages hosted on Google Sites were blocked. It was done after one of the pages contained an alleged insult of Turkey's founder, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. In 2012 the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled this a breach of Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights (Yildirim v Turkey, 2012).[11] The ban was lifted in 2014.[12]

See also


  1. ^ "Google Sites Profile - What is Google Sites?". 2008-03-17. Retrieved 2013-06-14.
  2. ^ Schonfeld, Eric (2008-02-28). "CNN's – The Webtop". Retrieved 2008-02-28.
  3. ^ Gruman, Galen (2006-05-15). "JotSpot delivers enterprise wikis and mashups". InfoWorld. Retrieved 2008-02-29.
  4. ^ Spot on – Google Blog, November 1, 2006
  5. ^ Auchard, Eric (2008-02-28). "Google offers team Web site publishing service". Yahoo! News. Archived from the original on 2008-03-02. Retrieved 2008-02-28.
  6. ^ "Google Sites Help Group". 2008-05-22. Retrieved 2008-05-22.
  7. ^ Lardinois, Frederic. "Google's redesigned Google Sites goes live". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2018-01-11.
  8. ^ "Google Apps for Work – Email, Collaboration Tools And More". Archived from the original on 2016-09-28. Retrieved 2016-06-20.
  9. ^ "An update on the classic Google Sites deprecation timeline". G Suite Updates Blog. Retrieved 2018-01-11.
  10. ^ "5 key features of the new Google Sites". TechRepublic. Retrieved 2018-01-11.
  11. ^ 1 Crown Office Row (2013-01-16). "Turkish block on Google site breached Article 10 rights, rules Strasbourg". UK Human Rights Blog. Retrieved 2013-06-15.
  12. ^ "Google Transparency Report – Turkey, Google Sites". Google. Retrieved October 4, 2013.
Caja project

Caja (pronounced KAH-hah) is a Google project and a JavaScript implementation for "virtual iframes" based on the principles of object-capabilities. Caja takes JavaScript (technically, ECMAScript 5 strict mode code), HTML, and CSS input and rewrites it into a safe subset of HTML and CSS, plus a single JavaScript function with no free variables. That means the only way such a function can modify an object is if it is given a reference to the object by the host page. Instead of giving direct references to DOM objects, the host page typically gives references to wrappers that sanitize HTML, proxy URLs, and prevent redirecting the page; this allows Caja to prevent certain phishing attacks, prevent cross-site scripting attacks, and prevent downloading malware. Also, since all rewritten programs run in the same frame, the host page can allow one program to export an object reference to another program; then inter-frame communication is simply method invocation.

The word "caja" is Spanish for "box" or "safe" (as in a bank), the idea being that Caja can safely contain JavaScript programs as well as being a capabilities-based JavaScript.

Caja is currently used by Google in its Google Sites and Google Apps Script products; in 2008 MySpace and Yahoo! and Allianz had both deployed a very early version of Caja but later abandoned it.

Collaborative real-time editor

A collaborative editor is a form of collaborative software application that allows several people to edit a computer file using different computers, a practice called collaborative editing. There are two types of collaborative editing: real-time and non-real-time. In real-time collaborative editing , users can edit the same file simultaneously, whereas in Non-real-time collaborative editing, the users do not edit the same file at the same time (similar to revision control systems). Collaborative real-time editors generally permit both the above modes of editing in any given instance.

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Google provides blogs on Blogger; domain registration on Google Domains.

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Edit conflict

An edit conflict is a computer problem that may occur when multiple editors edit the same file during a short time period. The problem is encountered on wikis, distributed data systems, and revision control. To save the file while minimizing edits, the conflict must be resolved.

G Suite

G Suite (formerly Google Apps for Work and Google Apps for Your Domain) is a brand of cloud computing, productivity and collaboration tools, software and products developed by Google, first launched on August 28, 2006 as "Google Apps for Your Domain". G Suite comprises Gmail, Hangouts, Calendar, and Google+ for communication; Drive for storage; Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, and Sites for collaboration; and, depending on the plan, an Admin panel and Vault for managing users and the services. It also includes the digital interactive whiteboard Jamboard and the app development platform App Maker.

While these services are free to use for consumers, G Suite adds enterprise features such as custom email addresses at a domain (, option for unlimited cloud storage (depending on plan and number of members), additional administrative tools and advanced settings, as well as 24/7 phone and email support.Being based in Google's data centers, data and information is saved instantly and then synchronized to other data centers for backup purposes. Unlike the free, consumer-facing services, G Suite users do not see advertisements while using the services, and information and data in G Suite accounts do not get used for advertisement purposes. Furthermore, G Suite administrators can fine-tune security and privacy settings.

As of January 2017, G Suite has 4 million paying businesses, and 70 million G Suite for Education users.

G Suite Marketplace

G Suite Marketplace (formerly Google Apps Marketplace) is a product of Google Inc. It is an online store for web applications that work with Google Apps (Gmail, Google Docs, Google Sites, Google Calendar, Google Contacts, etc.) and with third party software. Some Apps are free. Apps are based on Google APIs or on Google Apps Script.

Google Account

A Google Account is a user account that is required for access, authentication and authorization to certain online Google services.

Google Crisis Response

Google Crisis Response is a team within that "seeks to make critical information more accessible around natural disasters and humanitarian crises". The team has responded in the past to the 2010 Haiti earthquake, 2010 Pakistan floods, 2010–11 Queensland floods, February 2011 Christchurch earthquake, and the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami among other events, using Google resources and tools such as Google Maps, Google Earth, Google Person Finder, and Google Fusion Tables.

Google Domains

Google Domains is a domain registration service offered by Google, which publicly launched in the United States on January 13, 2015. It is currently in the Beta stage.Apart from domain registration, the service offers, at no additional cost, private domain registration, DNS hosting, dynamic DNS, domain forwarding and email forwarding to any Gmail address. Google Sites can be automatically configured as a website builder, but Google Domains also offer one-click configuration for Squarespace,, Weebly and Shopify. Google also will connect the domain name to a Blogger blog if so chosen. As of June 2017, Google Domains offer over 60 top-level domains.On September 29, 2015, a former Google employee Sanmay Ved managed to buy the domain from Google via Google Domains, and gain full webmaster control. Google later acknowledged the purchase, and rewarded Ved with an undisclosed sum "more than $10,000", who in turn requested that the reward be donated to charity. As a result, Google doubled the reward.

Google Gadgets

Google Gadgets are dynamic web content that can be embedded on a web page. They can be added to and interact strongly with Google's iGoogle personalized home page (discontinued in November 2013, although iGoogle Gadgets still work on other websites) and the Google Desktop (discontinued in September 2011) application, as well as Google Wave (also no longer supported by Google) and Google Sites. Webmasters can add and customize a gadget to their own business or personal web site, a process called "syndication".

Gadgets are developed by Google and third-party developers using the Google Gadgets API, using basic web technologies such as XML and JavaScript.

Google Page Creator

Google Page Creator was a website creation and hosting service by Google. It was a tool for basic website design, requiring no HTML knowledge. During development, it was codenamed Trogdor, a reference to the popular Homestar Runner website. As of August 2008, Google Pages had over 3 million users according to Google's own index.

In September 2008, Google announced that it would not accept new sign-ups to Page Creator, instead encouraging users to use Google Sites. The service had been shut down in 2009, while existing published pages migrated to Google Sites.

Google for Work

Google for Work (also referred to as Google Apps for Work) was a service from Google that provides customizable enterprise versions of several Google products using a domain name provided by the customer. It featured several Web applications with similar functionality to traditional office suites, including Gmail, Hangouts, Google Calendar, Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Groups, News, Play, Sites, and Vault. It was the vision of Rajen Sheth, a Google employee who later developed Chromebooks.

List of mergers and acquisitions by Alphabet

Google is a computer software and a web search engine company that acquired, on average, more than one company per week in 2010 and 2011. The table below is an incomplete list of acquisitions, with each acquisition listed being for the respective company in its entirety, unless otherwise specified. The acquisition date listed is the date of the agreement between Google and the acquisition subject. As Google is headquartered in the United States, acquisition is listed in US dollars. If the price of an acquisition is unlisted, then it is undisclosed. If the Google service that is derived from the acquired company is known, then it is also listed here. Google itself was re-organized into a subsidiary of a larger holding company known as Alphabet Inc. in 2015.

As of December 2016, Alphabet has acquired over 200 companies, with its largest acquisition being the purchase of Motorola Mobility, a mobile device manufacturing company, for $12.5 billion. Most of the firms acquired by Google are based in the United States, and, in turn, most of these are based in or around the San Francisco Bay Area. To date, Alphabet has divested itself of four business units: Frommers, which was sold back to Arthur Frommer in April 2012; SketchUp, which was sold to Trimble in April 2012, Boston Dynamics in early 2016 and Google Radio Automation, which was sold to WideOrbit in 2009.Many Google products originated as services provided by companies that Google has since acquired. For example, Google's first acquisition was the Usenet company Deja News, and its services became Google Groups. Similarly, Google acquired Dodgeball, a social networking service company, and eventually replaced it with Google Latitude. Other acquisitions include web application company JotSpot, which became Google Sites; Voice over IP company GrandCentral, which became Google Voice; and video hosting service company Next New Networks, which became YouTube Next Lab and Audience Development Group. CEO Larry Page has explained that potential acquisition candidates must pass a sort of "toothbrush test": Are their products potentially useful once or twice a day, and do they improve your life?Following the acquisition of Israel-based startup Waze in June 2013, Google submitted a 10-Q filing with the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) that revealed that the corporation spent $1.3 billion on acquisitions during the first half of 2013, with $966 million of that total going to Waze.

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Polymer (library)

Polymer is an open-source JavaScript library for building web applications using Web Components. The library is being developed by Google developers and contributors on GitHub. Modern design principles are implemented as a separate project using Google's Material Design design principles.

Polymer is used by a number of Google services and websites, including the redesigned YouTube, YouTube Gaming, the redesigned Google Earth, Google I/O websites, Google Play Music, redesign of Google Sites and Allo for web.Other notable users include Netflix, Electronics Arts, ING, Coca-Cola, McDonald's, BBVA, IBM and General Electric.

Residential area

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Housing may vary significantly between, and through, residential areas. These include single-family housing, multi-family residential, or mobile homes. Zoning for residential use may permit some services or work opportunities or may totally exclude business and industry. It may permit high density land use or only permit low density uses. Residential zoning usually includes a smaller FAR (floor area ratio) than business, commercial or industrial/manufacturing zoning. The area may be large or small.


Site most often refers to:

Location, a point or an area on the Earth's surface or elsewhere

Website, a set of related web pages, typically with a common domain name and hosted on at least one web server

Construction siteIt may also refer to:

Site (mathematics), a category C together with a Grothendieck topology on C

SITE Intelligence Group, a for-profit organization tracking jihadist and white supremacist organizations

SITE Institute, a terrorism-tracking organization, precursor to the SITE Intelligence Group

Sindh Industrial and Trading Estate, a company in Sindh, Pakistan

SITE Town, a densely populated town in Karachi, Pakistan

S.I.T.E Industrial Area, an area in Karachi, Pakistan

Satellite Instructional Television Experiment, an experimental satellite communications project launched in India in 1975

Sculpture in the Environment, an American architecture firm

Site, a National Register of Historic Places property type

The Site, a 1990s TV series that aired on MSNBC

Google Sites, web based website editor offered by Google


Wikispaces was a wiki hosting service based in San Francisco, California. Launched by Tangient LLC in March 2005, Wikispaces was purchased by Tes Global (formerly TSL Education) in March 2014. It competed with PBworks, Wetpaint, Wikia, and Google Sites (formerly JotSpot). It was among the largest wiki hosts.In September 2014, Tes announced that free hosting of non-educational wikis would cease. These wikis faced a 14 November 2014 shutdown deadline. Only wikis used exclusively in K–12 or higher education remain free.Private wikis with advanced features for businesses, non-profits and educators are available for an annual fee. Wikispaces has also given away more than 100,000 premium wikis to K–12 educators.Since 2010 Wikispaces have cooperated with web 2.0 education platform Glogster EDU. Glogster EDU embeds Glogs into Wikispaces services.

Wikispaces - is a social writing platform for education.

Due to cost issues, classroom and free-level Wikispaces closed on July 31, 2018, while private Wikispaces closed on January 31, 2019.


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