Creating New Pages

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CREATING NEW PAGES

Before you create a new page for your website, you need to think about where it should be located in the site's navigational structure. The default structure for the websites in March 2016 was:

First consider where it should go

  • Homepage
    • Calendars
    • Contact Information
    • Information
      • Frequently Asked Questions
      • Great Expectations\
      • Student Meals
      • PowerSchool
      • Principal(s) Page
      • Staff Resources
      • various other site-specific pages
    • Site News
      • Various news posts
    • Mobile Browsing
    • Staff Directory
      • Classroom Teachers List Page
      • Principals and Office Staff List Page
      • Support Staff List Page
      • other site-specific list pages or photographs/biography pages
    • Student Resources
      • any site-specific pages; Madison has pages here for clubs, summer reading lists, and teacher websites

Next consider which type of page to use

There are several different page types, some with unique functionality:
  • Web Page
    • Default web page
    • A web page is the simplest kind of page; you can write content, embed gadgets, and arrange it however you like. The web page has standard formatting controls like bolditalic, and underline, bullets, and more. You can attach documents from your hard drive to the bottom of the page, and you can let other site collaborators comment on your pages. Google Sites periodically saves versions of your page as you make edits, so it’s easy to go back to earlier versions of the page to make comparisons or undo changes.

  • Announcements
    • Creates a series of posts like a blog; already used for the Site News and the Frequently Asked Questions.
    • Much like a blog, announcement pages display posts you make to the page in chronological order, starting with the most recent. For example, an announcement page would be great for keeping a record of weekly meeting notes, while providing quick access to the most recent meeting info.
  • File Cabinet
    • Creates a folder of uploaded files and folders can be used as well; can be configured to let readers sort files by name, date, description, etc.; very useful for newsletters, meeting minutes, etc.
    • File cabinet pages let you store and organize files from your computer’s hard drive, making it an easy way to share files with other users of your site. Anyone subscribed to the page will be notified when files are added, changed, or removed.

  • List
    • Creates a customizable list; very useful way for making a directory of items that is much easier to edit than a big table, and multiple lists can be embedded on a single webpage; already used for the Staff Directory.
    • List pages let you make and organize lists of information. Items on the list are easy to add, edit, and remove, and viewers of the list can sort it by any column. Like the file cabinet page, subscribers are notified when items are added, changed, or removed.

  • Start Page
    • A start page is a page that can be customized by each of its viewers to show a personalized set of gadgets. Site collaborators can still add content that all viewers see, but that section remains separate from the section that can be personalized.

Create the new page

To actually create the page, click the Create page button at the top right that is between the edit button (a pencil icon) and the setup button (a gear icon).

Upper right buttons

  1. In the Name your page: box type the title of the new page. For example, Parent Support Group. Google Sites will automatically create a matching URL. You can click change URL if you don't care for the URL Google creates.
  2. Change the Select a template to use from the default of Web Page to Announcements.
  3. Under Select a location: change the setting as needed. The default puts it right at the top level of your site where you homepage is located. Usually you'll want to change that to Put page under Pagename where Pagename is the parent page. You can put a page anywhere you like by selecting Choose a different location and navigating through the site structure to choose a parent page.
  4. Click the Create button.
  5. A blank page is created with the title you typed in earlier. 
Create a new page

You canrefer to the appropriate help page on this site for assistance with:
Here is some advice on the Layout to consider for a regular Web Page and for individual posts on Announcements pages:

Formatting Tips for Pages and Posts

One reason we use Google Sites is that it can reformat pages to improve their appearance on mobile devices. If you use columns on a page or post, on a small screen the leftmost column will appear first, then lower down will come the next column, and so forth. Any embedded images will usually appear the full width of a small screen, placed right below the nearest paragraph. Sometimes that is important to the flow of a post or page, but if not, putting any images in a second column delays them on a small screen until after all of the text in the first column is displayed.

Narrow columns are easier to read than full-page-width: Think about how traditional newspapers are laid out. Narrow columns are easier for people to track and follow than reading across the full width of a normal sheet of paper, let alone a wide newspaper. So I usually make a new webpage or post two or more columns, rather than one wide column.

Avoid scrolling, however: Readers don't like having to scroll down to read more of a post or page, however. So if confining text to a single column makes that column longer than your computer screen so you have to scroll down to read all of it, consider breaking the text up across two or more columns and putting any images at the bottom of the last column.
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