Google sites

The tutorials below
describe how to
create a brilliant
website of your own
using Google sites

Start Here

Important notice

Click below to learn about
Device Security

Once you have protected your devices
from hackers, please continue below.
Many different lessons are available
through this page.
The lessons are structured,
beginning with introductory
lessons 1 through to 14, which
eventually lead to more advanced
lessons that you may possibly never
need to access unless you wish to
add advanced features to your site.
Working with Google sites

Also, in putting this site together
we may have erred occasionally.
“to err is human; to forgive, divine.”
Any feedback relating to such errors
is highly appreciated, as are
suggestions relating to relevant, and
potentially valuable, alternative subjects.
Click the link below to
Get help with creating a website

Alternatively, view the following
lessons to learn how to create,
manage, and promote
your own website.

If you need help in using this site,
or have feedback, contact us via the
email address shown near the
bottom of the page

Lesson 1 Getting Started

The first step is to click the link
below to create a new account at
which will open a new tab.
You can then move between
the two tabs as you proceed.

On first accessing the site you will
be shown a welcome message.
Click the Got It button.
If you do not already have a
Google account. you will be
prompted to create one.

Once into your sites account,
click the large + image to begin,
then follow the tutorial, and
click the NEXT button to move
through the different lessons.

Next, click the 'Back' arrow on the
top-left of the sites page to return
to the start page.
Near the top-right of the page,
click the words Template Gallery.
Scroll down to view several
templates and choose one that
appears to suit your needs.

Please note that Google may
occasionally change the layout details
of certain information pages without
us being aware of that. If you do notice
any differences between  the guidelines
on this page and the actual layout of a
Google sites information page, your
feedback regarding the issue
is appreciated.

The first site is intended for you to
explore and experiment with.
Later a new site can be created.
and the old one deleted,
so don't worry about doing
anything wrong. The page layout
and the design can be changed,
at any time as you wish, so feel free
to explore the Google sites interface.

After exploring and experimenting,
for a while, click the link below to
view introductory tutorial videos.
'Google sites tutorials'
Then come back to this tab and
read some more.

If you close your computer,
the next time you open it and open
a new browser window, type
into the browser address line.
If you previously created a new
site you will be returned to your
Google sites account, otherwise, you
will again be invited to
create an account.

You could also bookmark
your Google sites account page
along with this page.

If you access sites from a different device,
you will be invited to log in.
Be cautious about where and how you
log in to your account
as hackers are everywhere.
Also, be certain to make a secure note of
your account and the login details
you have entered.

We suggest keeping sensitive details
such as passwords
in a secure location, written down in a
book especially kept for such purposes
rather than recording such details
on your computer where they
could possibly be hacked. Plus, make a
physical backup copy of your
written records just in case
the original goes missing.

Also avoid displaying your passwords
when accessing an account
(only display the dots),
as displaying your passwords
is one way that hackers can learn
what the passwords are. Also, avoid having
simple, easy-to-guess passwords.

If you experience any difficulties in
following the guidelines below, please
advise us through the email address
displayed at the bottom of the page.
We will then review and adjust
the relevant wording.

Your feedback is appreciated.

Click below to learn about about
Logging in to your Google Sites Account

Lesson 2 Google Sites Examples

Click below to learn about
Advanced Google Sites

Lesson 3 Articles about Google Sites

Click below to view
'Google sites articles

Lesson 4 Google Workspace

Lesson 5  Graphics

The Gimp is one of the most popular
free image editing applications available.
Click below to learn more

Note that for security purposes
you should ideally only download
install files from the website shown
in the section below and not
from any mirror sites.

Please Note
Beware of some graphics programs
currently being promoted online
as being easy to use and free,
as we believe they may be scams
designed to encourage users
to set up accounts and
submit their credit card details.

Lesson 6 Installing The Gimp

Click the link below to install Gimp onto
Mac, Windows, Chromebook, or Linux

Follow the instructions for your system,
to download and install The Gimp
onto your computer.

Click here to view Gimp tutorials
that teach how to create drawings
and edit photographs
for use on your website.

You can if you wish also run the
Gimp online
through a browser window.

Lesson 7 Image Editing

Click below to learn about other
image editing applications
Free image editing software

Lesson 8 Drawing Applications

To research a free drawing application
visit the website at
or/and click the link below
Free drawing applications

Click the link below to learn more about
Free drawing applications
from YouTube tutorial videos

Lesson 9 Drawing

Click the link below to learn how to
create drawings of realistic
looking objects for your website,
How to draw anything

Similar search terms will display
a range of different tutorials,
and then browsing through
the resulting tutorial videos will
help you to learn how to draw.

Also, click the website link below
Drawing on the right side of the  brain

Lesson 10 Search

Click below to learn how to
Search the web for anything

Lesson 12 Domain Names

Click the link below to visit the
ICANN website page
Registrant Educational  Materials
(ICANN is the top authority for domain names)

Click below to visit the ICANN Lookup
page to check if the domain name
you wish to register is available
Domain Name Search
If a search returns a
not found in the Registry
response, it indicates that the domain
has not been registered
and so should ideally be available.
A different response may either
indicate that the domain is already
registered, or indicate that ICANN
are not the appropriate authority.

Click the link below to learn more about
Click below to
Learn Even More

Use only the secure ICANN Domain Name Search
window linked to above (or the IANA domain name
search feature, or an alternative and appropriate
top-level domain name organization)
to check that the desired name is available.
Do not use the registry
Once you have confirmed the availability
of a domain name,
(no registration already exists)
register it immediately
with your chosen registrar.
Avoid searching for the name again at
other online locations before registering it,
as doing so could result in the name being
registered by a registrar or by someone else seeking
to charge you an increased registration fee.
Hackers and scammers are everywhere.

Setting up a domain name  can be
challenging the first time you do it,
although viewing relevant videos at YouTube does help.
Contact us via the email
displayed at the bottom of this page
if you get stuck, and we will try to assist.

We have our domain names registered with several different registrars because we checked different ones out over the years.

The register we use for our Australian .au domain names is*
based in Victoria, who can register any .au  domain name, plus many other domain names. 

The domain name for this site is registered with,com*, which has registered domain names since 1995, and is an excellent registrar who we use and recommend.

It is now also possible to register many domain names directly with Google domains at*, and we highly recommend them as excellent registrars.

You can if you wish move any registered
domain to a different registrar
following a mandatory 60-day holding period.

Click the link below to learn more.
Google  Domains Support
Depending on the domain name extension you require, you may possibly be directed
to a Google-approved registrar located
within your country.

Other registrars can also be used to
register domain names if you believe that doing so is appropriate for you.

Click the link below to view
alternative registrar's websites.
Domain name registrars

Before selecting a registrar, always
conduct an online search using
the following format
'The registrar name reviews'
On the search results page,
skip past the adverts to view
the real reviews pages.

Click the link below if you experience 
Domain Name Issues

Click the link below if you are being
scammed in relation to a domain name
or in relation to other items.
International Consumer Protection

Click below to learn more about
Domain Names

Domain Names are also known as URL's

Verify Domain Name at Google new sites

*Please note that we are affiliated with these registrars
and may receive small commissions for
referring visitors to their websites 

Lesson 13 Google Videos

More YouTube tutorial videos
from Google

Lesson 15 Google Drive

Website editors other than Google
Sites exist, and some are designed
with  advanced features for online
shopping etc that may possibly not
be easily installed and managed
directly through Google Sites,
although could possibly be hosted
in your Google Drive and linked to
through a sub-domain

Lesson 16 Alternative Applicationss

Click below to learn about other

Site Build it

Other Website Editing Applications

Lesson 17 Website Promotion

Click below to learn about
Promoting Your Website
Note: lots of different advice is offered in
the videos and only you can identify
the advice that is most relevant to you

Click the links below to learn about
Search Engine Optimisation

SEO tools


Lesson 18 Intellectual Property

Copyright law is different for each
country, although most counties
abide by the Berne convention.
The following link connects to the
official US government copyright site.
About US Copyright

Click below to find your country's
official copyright information website.
Copyright in your country
Note: If the official government copyright
site for your country does not display
near the top of the search results page,
conduct a manual search
to help identify the relevant website.

Click below to view videos about

Click below to learn about
Trademark law in your country

Lesson 19 Interface design

Recommended reading
The Book 'Don't Make me Think'
by Steve Krug
This is a brilliant book about Interface
Design that may possibly be available
through your local library system. 

Nielsen Norman Group
The Experts in interface design

Lesson 20 Browsers

We highly recommend the use of the
Google Chrome browser on all major
platforms to help avoid issues that can
be experienced when using various
other browsers. In the videos linked
to below, different individuals
describe their favourite and
least favourite browsers.
Browser Wars

Also, you can if you wish
Create your own Browser

Alternative web browsers

More  about alternative browsers
Chrome Incognito

Clearing browser memory

Lesson 21 Making Videos

Lesson 22 YouTube Search

Click to learn about
How to Search on YouTube

Lesson 23 Online Stores

Click below to learn about
Google Sites online stores

Lesson 24 E-Commerce

Click below to learn about
Google Sites eCommerce

Lesson 25 Speech to Text

Click the link below to learn about
Voice Typing
which is also often referred to as
Speech to Text

Lesson 26 Search Engines

Click below to learn about
Search  Engines

Also, learn how to create your own
Search Engine

Lesson 27 Artificial Intelligence

Click the link below to learn about
Artificial Intelligence

Click below to learn even more
Open AI


AI chatbot 'ChatGPT' interview

Sam Altman talks about AI

Lesson 28 Translate

Click below to learn about using
Google Translate

Lesson 29 Site Development

Click below to access advanced
information for website developers

Lesson 30 Search

Click below to learn about
Google Search News

Lesson 31 PDF Files

Click below to learn how to
Protect your PDF Files

Lesson 32 Site Submission

Click the links below to learn about
submitting your site to
the Google search engine.

The only way to
submit your website to Google
is via the URL Inspection Tool
or by submitting a Sitemap, and you can
carry out both of these activities yourself.
however, Goggle has become pretty good
at finding a new website so long as the
site is linked to from a popular
social networking or other popular and
already indexed site.

If a site already displays in the
Google search engine,
then it has already been indexed.

Lesson 33 Operating Systems

A recently released  operating system
from Google  is Chrome OS flex,
flex is more than a browser,
as it is an entire operating
system that can completely
replace Windows or Linux Ubuntu etc,
and will even run on Macs.
You can even run the system off a
USB stick to try it out,
or you can fully install the app onto
your computer with relative ease.
It will even give some old laptop
computers from as far back as 2008
a completely new lease of life,
and it is said to be very secure.

Click below to learn more about
Chrome OS flex

Learn even more about
Installing Chrome OS Flex

The Original
Google Support Installation Guide
ChromeOS Flex

Click below to access the Chrome OS Flex
Install page

Click below to learn about  installing
Chrome OS Flex on 2009-2015 Macs

Click below to learn about
Opencore for Mac's
to help rejuvenate older Mac computers

Lesson 34 Hosting

With Google sites, hosting is already
provided. However, once your site
grows beyond the ability of Google
sites to provide the services you
require, you are going to need to
consider securing alternative hosting
services. Although, for the vast majority
of sites this may never be an issue.

Click the link below to learn more
About Hosting

Some valuable information from our
favourite  Australian Domain Name
Registrar and website Host 

Lesson 35 Tech Talk Videos

Click below to learn about
Google Meet Online Conferencing

Click below for business talk
Tech Society


TechWest. website

Lesson 36 Other Stuff

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