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Sunday, 18 December 2016

How to create a class site - Google Sites

So you have just found out you have to make a class site and and are freaking out a little bit..... 
This video shows a couple of tricks you can use to get Google Sites working the way you want it to.

Creating Buttons
Buttons are only images, don't let the word "button" confuse you. Button's allow you to navigate within your Google site without being limited to the Ugly Horizontal or Side navigation bars that Google tries to force on you. For more help on buttons see here.

Using Tables helps you control your Google Site. 
When everything is placed neatly inside of tables, Google is unable to move things in weird ways or put things out of alignment. It also gives you far greater control over the spacing of your site.

Using HTML seems scary
Using the HTML can be pretty intimidating, but you don't have to be able to understand it to find the area's you are looking for. Using Command-Find or CLTR-Find on your computer to fast find sections within the HTML can help you fake your way through a whole page of HTML easy.
For help with HTML check out this HTML site help sheet here


  1. Kia ora Matt,
    This really is GOLD! Thanks for creating this, will be really useful to use with our new 1-1 digital immersion teachers across the Manaiakalani Outreach clusters. Great pace and very clear. Def taught me a thing or two:-) Thanks for sharing. Enjoy your summer break.
    Nga mihi nui

  2. Kia ora Matt,

    Tania shared this with me this morning- she's right, it's gold! Would you mind if I embedded it into the some of the work I'm preparing for orientation next year? Let me know if that would be okay.


    1. Absolutely! I would love you to share and embed this anywhere it's useful

  3. A great help Matt, for site developers, old and new! Thanks a lot.

  4. Thanks a lot Matt for sharing this video. It will really make our work heaps easier when we create our class site for 2017.


  5. Thanks heaps Matt, this has really helped with making my site this year!

  6. So good! Thanks Matt - very well explained and love the short cuts

  7. This is awesome Matt!! Thanks heaps my bro. All the best for this year. I'll let you know if I need help lol

  8. This was so helpful Matt. Many thanks.

  9. Manaiakalani Man!!!!! Has done it again!!!!
    This is primo brother!!! I go learn myself now!!!! lol

  10. Thanks Matt,
    This has been really helpful getting the Maker Space site ready and eliminating those grrrrrid lines... Cheers!

  11. This is my first time i visit here. I found so many interesting stuff in your blog especially its discussion. From the tons of comments on your articles, I guess I am not the only one having all the enjoyment here! keep up the good work