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Once you have protected your devices from hackers, please continue below then go on to view the main lessons.
This website includes links to
many valuable and easy-to-follow lessons from selected YouTube videos that help create simple website for small business. The site includes lessons for beginners, plus lessons teaching features to make a simple website free of cost and minimizing the cost to build simple website, while providing access to free simple business website templates for a clean and simple website design.
The first 14 lessons introduce Google Sites and help you identify a simple way to create website design, while providing simple website examples for beginners. The later lessons provide access to information about advanced features which you may or may not choose to make use of on your site.
Lesson 1 Getting Started
Lesson 4 Google Workspace
Click the link below to learn about
Using Google Workspace
Note that there are some charges associated with the use of Google Workspace. If you choose to open a Workspace account, be certain to check what you will be charged, and check that only the services you wish to use are turned on.
Lesson 5 Graphics
The Gimp is one of the most popular
free image editing applications available.
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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.
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.
Lesson 7 Image Editing
This site teaches you how to create
the best simple websites
best simple website designs
best simple website examples
cool simple website designs
best website security
best low-cost domain names
The Google Sites application is capable of far more than is described in this introductory page, and we strongly suggest that you research the Google Sites Help Pages to learn more.
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 12 Domain Names
it is important to note that you can create a business, organisation, or private website with Google Sites for free, and Google will provide you with a free account address, although not a unique Website URL.
It is not essential to have a Google Workspace account in order to have a Google Sites account, although having a Workspace account can be of value if you wish to store accessible files such as PDF files that are associated with your Google Sites account.
If you want to add a unique URL to your website, you will ideally register a domain name either through Google Domains or through another domain name registrar so that the site displays in the browser window as the site address.
For various technical reasons, it is usually best to register and link your domain name to your site using the DNS system. A domain name is a signpost to help visitors easily remember the location of your site, so choose your name well as you ideally want it to be relevant to the subject of your website, and you also want it to be easily remembered and easy to type.
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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 at the site returns a 'Not found in the Registry' response, it usually indicates that the domain name is not registered and so should ideally be available for you to register. A different response may either indicate that the domain is already registered, or indicate that ICANN is not the appropriate authority.
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ICANN and IANA
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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) such as Verisign to check that the desired name is available.
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 possibly 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 sometimes be challenging the first time you do it, although viewing relevant videos on 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, and remain satisfied with the services provided by the ones linked below.
Always check that the registrar you choose is authorised to register the country-level domain name you wish to secure, as restrictions exist relating to certain country domain name extensions such as .au
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Note: When you register and then set up a domain name DNS, apparently only one record (either the A or the CNAME record) can display the www. prefix. Otherwise, a conflict may be created and the DNS will then not work correctly.
Also, the version of the domain name without the www. should. or can be redirected to the version with the www, or the other way around, so that both versions will then display correctly in the browser address line when your website displays in a browser, although these guidelines may vary between different registrars.
If you find the above directions to be confusing, ask your registrar's help desk staff to set your domain name up for you. They will probably ask for specific information relating to where your website is hosted, and Google Sites should provide that information to you when you make selections within your Google Sites account relating to linking a domain name.
The domain name for this site http://www.gsites.live is registered with http://www.name,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, including many country-level domain names at https://domains.google*, 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 about
Transferring a domain name to
Click the link below to learn more.
Google Domains Support
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 registrars name reviews'
On the search results page,
skip past the adverts to view
the real reviews pages.
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Note that multiple domain name extensions such as .live and .online etc are now available. Note however that annual registration renewal prices vary. A registrar may for example, only charge you $9 to initially register a domain name for the first year, although when the domain name is due for renewal for a second or third year etc, the fees may be significantly higher, possibly $44, or even more in some instances.
Domain Names are also known as URL's
*Please note that we are affiliated with some of the above registrars and may receive small commissions for referring clients to their websites
Lesson 15 Google Drive
Lesson 17 Website Promotion
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Promoting Your Website at YouTube
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
Learn how to promote your website
through the Search Engines
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.
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Trademark law in your country
Lesson 20 Browsers
We highly recommend the use of the Google Chrome browser on all major platforms to help avoid issues that may be experienced when using various other browsers.
In the videos linked to below, different individuals describe their favourite and least favourite browsers.
Also, you can if you wish
Create your own Browser
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. Although, Google has become pretty good at finding new websites so long as the site is linked to from a popular
social networking or other popular and already indexed site.
Always ensure that all the publicly available pages on your website can be accessed and indexed by search engines.
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 (2023) 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 claimed to be very secure.
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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 may need to consider securing alternative hosting services. Although, for the vast majority of websites this may never be an issue.
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Lesson 36 Other Stuff
Note that charges apply to the use of Google Cloud. If you do open an account check that only the specific services you require are turned on.
Linking to this site
The full-length address for this page is: https://sites.google.com/view/sites-tutorials/home
The easy-to-remember, short address is: http://www.gsites.live. or just gsites.live
Contact us via the email address firstname.lastname@example.org with the words GSITES.LIVE in the subject line to make enquiries or to share information about new Google Sites developments.