Now moving to Google Sites

April 16, 2009

When we launched Google Sites last February, we wanted to offer an easy but rich way to create web sites. And we've been really excited about the progress to date. More than 4 million sites have been created for everything from intranets, project sites, and wikis to wedding sites, family sites, and club sites.

In August 2008 we stopped accepting new sign-ups for Page Creator to shift our development focus to Sites, which offers many of the capabilities of Page Creator, along with additional features such as site-level navigation, site-level headers, advanced sharing options, and rich embeddings such as calendars, videos, and Google docs. In addition, Google Sites will be adding support for AdSense, Google Maps embeddings, as well as additional theme and layout capabilities in upcoming releases. We will begin the transition and subsequent shut down of Page Creator on June 1st.

To make the transition to Sites as smooth and easy as possible for Page Creator users, we will be doing an automatic transition of Page Creator pages to Google Sites, which will include moving pages to Google Sites and redirecting visits to googlepages.com URLs to their new location on Google Sites. From now until this transition begins on June 1, Page Creator users who don't want to be moved to Google Sites have the option to download their content, host it on another service, and redirect their existing URL. These options are available via the “Learn more” link at the top of your Site Manager. Note that Google Sites does not support JavaScript, some forms of HTML, or web hosting.

Please see our FAQs for more details. Thank you for your patience as we complete this transition. We're looking forward to making Sites even more useful to you in the coming months!

Posted by Scott Johnston, Senior Product Manager, Google Sites