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Google Sites
File:Google Sites Screenshot.png
Google Sites screenshot
Developer(s) Google
Operating system Operating System Independent (web-based application)
Type Wiki
License Creative Commons or Apache License

Google Sites is a structured wiki offered by Google as part of Google Apps. It was launched on February 28, 2008. It replaces Google Page Creator, Google's previous webpage creation service.



Google Sites started out as JotSpot, a software company that offered enterprise social software. The product was targeted mainly at small-sized and medium-sized businesses. The company was founded by Joe Kraus and Graham Spencer, co-founders of Excite.

In February 2006, JotSpot was named part of Business 2.0, "Next Net 25"[1], and in May 2006, it was honored as one of InfoWorld's "15 Start-ups to Watch"[2]. In October 2006, JotSpot was acquired by Google.[3] In February 2008, Google Sites was unveiled using the JotSpot technology.[4] The service was free, but users needed a domain name, which Google offered for $10. However, as of May 21, 2008, Google Sites became available for free separately from Google Apps, and without the need for a domain. However, Mobile SMS verification is required for fraud prevention.[5]


(November 2009), Google Sites offers the following features:[6]

  • Ability to create full copies of sites, including copying from Google Apps to Sites (and vice versa)[7]
  • Ability to insert:
    • Videos from Google Video/YouTube
    • Google Docs document
    • Google Calendar
    • Google Maps
    • AdWords and AdSense (none by default)

There are no ads displayed by default.


  • 100 MB of storage (for free account) and 10 GB of storage for Google Apps users[8]
  • non-collaborators cannot add anonymous comments (only invited people can "write" to site.)
  • no serviceable RSS feeds for site updates, but builders can subscribe to site changes by e-mail.
  • must use provided site themes and structure (limited customization is available, colors, font-type, font-size, no CSS, no JavaScript, etc.).

(see official sites wishlist)

  • A web address of the form "".
  • A site can also be displayed on a custom domain (e.g.,,, but you must own the domain and have access to change the CNAME records.
  • Limited use of HTML coding. CSS (cascading style sheets) cannot be incorporated in the theme templates.

See also


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