Management


When we speak of management, we are referring to all the tasks that you might do on a more sporadic basis. When creating a site initially, we typically go in and out of the Manage Site area frequently. However, once the site is up and running, we really only need to use the Manage Site area to correct problems, add people to Sharing settings
and so forth.

The short video overview of the Manage Site area highlights some of the key sections. Below are some additional tips and suggestions:
  • If using a site header image that includes the Site Name, be sure to UNCHECK the box next to "Show site name at top of pages" in the General section.
  • If you want your site to be more "responsive" to the type of device which the viewer is using, be sure to CHECK the box next to "Automatically adjust site to mobile phones" under Mobile in the General section.
A newer feature for Google Sites is the Site Notice. This is a "disposable" message shown to visitors the first time they visit your site. With this site notice, you have the option of displaying a "more details" button which can link to a specific page on your site that contains additional information that your viewer may need.

Another key area to keep in mind is the Pages section. Suppose you are using horizontal navigation and create a new page. As mentioned in the lesson on Navigation, this new page will not automagically show up on your navigation bar. This can be problematic if you navigate away from the page and then forget where it is. Using the Pages section of the Manage Site area, you can see ALL the pages of your site in a tree format. By clicking on a page, it will open up for you to continue working on it. TIP: Don't forget to add the page to the navigation bar once it's ready.

Sharing and Page-Level Permissions

By default, the sharing settings of a Google Site are global in nature to the entire site. So, any editors you add will be able to edit ALL pages on your site. To get around this, Google created Page-Level Permissions. After turning
these on, you are able to configure more granular control over who sees and/or can edit specific pages or sections of your site. For more on how Page-Level Permissions work, check out the video.