How to Set Up a Free Website Using Google Sites

By Kathleen Estrada

This article describes the process of creating a new, free website using and the tools there. The article also describes editing your site.

When you sign up for a Google account, you get well-known features, like Google Docs, included with your Google Drive account. You can also access Googles Sites to design and host a website for profit or pleasure. Google assigns a generic domain name to your website, or you can purchase a custom domain name with Google's help. The generic URLs are long and begin with[you choose what is attached to the end]. Custom domain names appear exactly as you configure them upon purchase.

Step 1

Go to the Google Sites page. Log in to your Google account or sign up for a free account. If you have already created sites, they display in the dashboard. If not, the page is empty. Click the Create button at the left side of the screen.

Step 2


Select a template to use for your website. Click the Magnifying Glass under each template for more information.

Use Template

Choose a template or click on Browse the Gallery for More to view and open templates in a preview tab.

When you locate a suitable template for your website, click the Use Template button at the top of the preview website or the Select button in the preview screen. If you want a different template, close the tab to go back to the other templates.

Step 3

Name your Site

In the Name Your Site field, enter the name of your new site.

The Site Location field automatically populates with the name of your website. Google appends your chosen website name onto the end of If you already own a domain name, click Visit Google Domains and follow the instructions to point the cname for your domain to the site you are creating.

Step 4

Select Theme

Select a theme from the choices offered by highlighting the theme you want.

Step 5

More Options

Click the arrow to open More Options. Enter a site description to help with search engine optimization. For example, if you are creating a website for flower sales, enter keywords in your description that regular users will type into a search engine to search for a site like yours.

If the site contains mature content for adults only, place a check mark in the next box.

Lastly, click the check box beside I'm not a robot. Follow the instructions to prove you are a human; for example, Google will display a series of images and ask you to click only the images of pizza.

Step 6

Create Button

When all the fields are complete, click the Create button at the top of the page.

After your website is created, add pages, text, images or videos from YouTube. Share the website with a team so other members can work with you on the website.

Edit Your New Website

Step 1

Edit Page

Click the Edit page icon -- it resembles a pencil -- at the top of the screen to place your site in Edit Mode.

Step 2

Edit Mode

Edit the page. Each section of text is broken into separate boxes. Edit each box and type in the text as you want it. Format tools are located at the top of the page when you are in Edit Mode. Click Save when you are done or Cancel if you do not want to save the edits.

Step 3

Add images to the website when in the Edit Mode by placing the cursor where you want the image to be on the page. Click Insert in the tab above, select Image, click Choose and find the image. Click OK to select the image and click Save to save it to the page.

Step 4


Insert a music video on your page by uploading a song that you legally own to YouTube. In Edit Mode, click Insert and in the Google section click YouTube.


If you did not create the video or own the copyright, follow the Fair Use rules you agreed to with YouTube when you signed up for an account on the site.

YouTube URL

Paste the URL of the YouTube video in the first field and choose the display options, or leave them set at the defaults. Click Save.

Click the Gear at the top of the screen when the page is not in Edit Mode and click Sharing and Permissions to allow others to help you build your website. Click the Share button to send a request for help to someone.

Your new site is now live on the Internet for the whole world to see. Visit Google Sites Help Forum for any issues or to learn helpful tips and tricks.