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A timeline and tools for transitioning to the new Google Sites

What’s changing

In 2017, Google announced that it would replace classic Sites with new Sites in 2019, also announced that domains would have until the end of 2021 to complete the transition. Now, Google is providing more granular progress and new tools to help you and your users manage the transition.

Full transition to new Sites by the end of 2021

Here are details on the expected progress for the transition from classic Sites to new Sites:

  • Now available – Classic Sites Manager, a tool that can help admins and users manage the transition to new Sites. See more details below.
  • Starting August 13, 2020 – New Website will become the default option for creating websites. See more details below.
  • Starting May 2021 – New site creation will no longer be available in Classic Sites. This means that any new sites created in your organization will only be available in New Sites.
  • Starting October 2021 – Editing for any remaining Classic Sites will be disabled.
  • Starting December 2021 – When users try to access the Classic Site, they will no longer see the site content. Any remaining Classic Sites will automatically be:
    • Downloaded as an archive.
    • Replaced with a draft in the new Sites experience for site owners to review and publish.

Enable New Sites for Users Today

If you have not already done so, Google recommends that users enable new Sites for all user groups that do not yet have access in your domain and disable creation of new classic Sites. This will help reduce the number of Classic Sites that are created and then need to be migrated. Your users will still be able to view and edit existing Classic Sites as needed.

New Classic Website Manager Available

A new tool, Classic Site Manager, is now available. It provides a classic view of your Sites, the ability to publish summaries to Google Sheets for project management, options to convert classic Sites, and perform batch actions to archive or delete sites. Super admins will now be able to view and manage all Classic Sites in their domain, and users will be able to view and manage Classic Sites they own. Learn more here: guidance for G Suite admins, guidance for end users.

New Sites default option starting August 13, 2020

Starting August 13, 2020, New Sites will become the default option for creating websites. This means that if you have both Classic Sites and New Sites enabled, when users visit, they will be redirected to From there, users can view and manage new Sites, and create sites with new Sites. Users can still use classic Sites easily by clicking the “back to classic Sites” button on the new Sites homepage.

Who’s impacted

Admins and end users

Why you’d use it

Since launching the new Sites, Google has aggregated and incorporated user feedback and top requests that are now baked into the new Sites experience. Consists of:

  • Admin rights allows you to control the ability of users in your domain to edit and create websites.
  • Section layouts and ready-made templates allows users to create websites with fewer clicks and less expertise in page creation.
  • Version History  allows users to view their edit history, revert and rollback to previous versions, and review the history of people who made changes.
  • New types of tiles  allowing users to be more expressive with website content, including table of contents, image carousels, collapsible text, etc.
  • Edit URLs and Publish to everyone allow users to share their website content.

As a result of these improvements, the new Sites provides powerful features and a simple user experience so that users can create websites without the help of designers, programmers or IT professionals. For example, you can learn about how customers are using Sites to support work and distance learning

A schedule and tools for transitioning from old to new Google Sites

Getting started


  • New Sites Default: This change will happen by default if you have both Classic Sites and New Sites enabled. You can enable or disable New Sites for users at the organizational unit or team level. Learn more here How to Enable New Sites
  • Classic Sites Manager Dashboard: Learn Classic Sites Manager and book your transition plan here Conversion Guide

End users:

Rollout pace

Default New Sites

  • Scheduled and pre-release domains: Gradual rollout (15 Days) starting August 13, 2020

Classic Sites Manager Dashboard

  • Available to everyone 


  • Available to all G Suite users and personal accounts

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