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Google Classic Sites Migration

Friday, January 13, 2023

Google will begin automatically migrating Google Classic Sites to the new Google Sites platform starting Jan. 30. Site administrators will no longer have editing capabilities on Classic Sites. 

After the migration is complete, migrated Sites will be viewable in the draft folder. Once a Site administrator publishes their new websites from drafts, content from their classic Sites will transfer to the new platform with original domains and editing capabilities.

Why is this change happening?

The new Google Sites has more intuitive technology, better integration with Suite applications, and an up-to-date look. 

The new Sites enables users to:

  • Create mobile and desktop-friendly web pages without programming expertise 
  • Collaborate in real-time with other administrators  
  • Track performance analytics 
  • And more

If you’re unsure if you are a Google Site owner, visit the Classic Sites Manager

Migration sequence

Here is Google’s predicted sequence for the migration process:

  • Starting Jan. 30, Site administrators will no longer have editing privileges on Classic Sites. However, websites will remain viewable until the automatic conversion.
  • Google will begin migrating Classic Sites to the new Google Sites platform. Content will be converted to new draft websites for admins to review and publish.
  • Classic Sites will be deleted after admins publish their new Google Site. 

Please note: The conversion takes time, especially for sites with a lot of content.

Migrate manually to avoid disruption

If your website is content-heavy and high-traffic, we recommend migrating your website before Jan. 30 to avoid disruption.

Follow these simple steps to migrate your website: 

  1. Go to the Classic Sites Manager.
  2. Select your websites.
  3. Click Convert.
  4. Review your website content.
  5. Click Publish. 

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