Classic Google Sites Deprecation & Migration Timeline
Find out when you can expect to start migrating your classic Google Sites to new Google Sites
Migrate PERSONAL classic Google Sites
- If your site is suitable for migration you will see the NEW Convert your site to the new Google Sites Try it now banner, so use the Try it now link.
- If you want the new Google Site to be editable by the same people then check the Share with the same people option and then use the Start button to start the conversion.
- Once converted use the Continue button (if you change your mind while converting you can Cancel).
- Use the Review draft button to open the draft new Google Site created from your classic Google Site and make any changes you want to the draft new Google Site (any changes made in the new Google Site will not be added to the original classic Google Site).
- Once you're happy with the new Google Site use the Publish button to publish the new site at the original classic Google Site URL (you can choose to publish to a new URL if you do not want to overwrite the original site).
- Visit the published URL to see your new Google Site as your site visitors would.
Migration Tool Updates - 01 May 2018
Google has updated the classic to new Google Sites Migration Tool to deal with Announcement Pages, File Cabinet Pages and List Pages.
In new Google Sites the migration tool replicates the structure of the announcement page and its posts, so you have a parent page for the announcement page and subpages for its posts. The parent page adds the the titles of the posts and the date and time the posts was originally published. The post title links to the post.
- There's no Recent Posts gadget.
- There's no Announcement page type in new Google Sites, these are just pages listed in the same order as on classic Sites.
File Cabinet Pages
The files are copied from the classic site and added to a folder structure in Google Drive, a parent folder for the site and subfolders for the pages. On the equivalent file cabinet page in new Google Sites the tool adds an embedded Google Drive folder and any links that were listed as files are added to the page as links.
- Since the files are now in Google Drive and not on the site the files will not be found in the site search.
- You need to go to Google Drive to add further files, you cannot just do it at the site.
- Any links that were in a file cabinet are just text on the page so they look inconsistent and different from the files.
- There's no Recently updated files gadget
The migration tool makes a Google Sheet of the list items and embeds the sheet on the equivalent new Google Sites Page
- Since the list items are no longer on the site they are not indexed in the site search.
- Now the list items are a sheet in Google Drive you cannot edit the list items on the site but need to open the Google Sheet to make changes.
- The column types are not preserved but some of the content is:
- Text columns are preserved as it's just text
- If a tick box is ticked it's represented as on in the sheet and nothing if unticked
- The value of drop-down boxes are preserved but the migration tool does not add data validation to the column in the sheet to make a drop-down
- The web addresses are preserved from URL columns but all the display text is lost
- There's no Recent list items gadget
Other migration tool improvements
- If you have a custom favicon on the site this migrated to Drive but also set in new Google Sites as the favicon
- The site logo is also set on the migrated new Google Site
- Images are retained on the page in roughly the right position but are not migrated to Google Drive.
The way the migration tool has been developed suggests that Google does not intend to develop announcement, file cabinet or list page types in new Google Sites. This means there will not be the gadgets associated with pages so if you have a homepage that shows your most recent news articles etc, this will never work nor be possible. This may only be a temporary measure but there's no way of knowing.
Our best advice is to Send Feedback to Google to let it know if you're affected by this lack of fidelity in migration. Alternatively If you use G Suite Basic/Business or for Education you can contact Google Support to see if there are any plans to get more page types.
Notes and Availability
- You can only convert your personal, consumer Google Site (a site made with a personal Google Account or a Gmail account) if you see the "Try it now" banner above your site. Classic sites that use features not supported in new Google Sites (like announcement pages, file cabinet pages, list pages, page-level permissions or web address mappings etc) will not get offered the conversion at the moment. For a full feature comparison see our Google Sites Classic Comparison.
- If you choose to migrate to the classic site URL your original classic Google Site will become available in the Migrated Sites option. There you can make a copy of the original classic site or delete the original site completely. You can publish to a new URL and your classic site will remain unaffected.
- If you find the conversion to new Google Sites has too many issues then you can disconnect the new draft site from the original classic Google Site and try again at a later date when new Google Sites offers more .
- Migrations are not available for G Suite at this time.
Migration Timeline - updated 22/03/2018
Google has updated the dates it aims to start offering migrations so you can make plans for closure of classic Google Sites.
In the first three months of 2018, Google intends to launch an admin preview of features in the classic Sites that will help site owners migrate their content to the new Sites (this has been released to personal, consumer Google Sites on 21 March 2018 - see above). Later in 2018, Google intends to open up these features for site owners and provide a management dashboard to G Suite admins that will enable them to effectively manage the migration process. Join the New Google Sites Update group to get email notifications on these features and tools as they become available.
Admins who would like to whitelist non-domain admins to test and provide feedback during the preview phase of the site owner migration tools, ahead of the general launch, can submit requests here.
Google plans to take your feedback on these migration tools into account when scheduling the deprecation and shutdown of the classic Sites. With that mind, Google will only announce a firm timeline after the migration process is underway for many customers.
A few things to note:
- Once announced, the deprecation schedule will include at least one year of unchanged operation followed by three months of read-only operation. Migration will be possible throughout, including during the read-only phase.
- When the read-only phase ends, all unmigrated sites will be preserved as a takeout archive.
New Google Sites Planned Features
- Site search (launched September 2017)
- Limit who can access a published site (launched January 2018)
- Something similar to page-level permissions
- Embed URLs (launched September 2017)
- Embed Code (launched December 2017)
- Site update notifications
- More levels of page nesting (launched October 2017)
- Corporate themes
- More text formatting options
- Domain web address mapping (launched for G Suite August 2017)
- API capabilities
We offer a full comparison chart with the features in Classic Google Sites - see Google Sites Classic Comparison. For more instructions on how to use new new Google Sites see New Google Sites How-tos.
The most used features from classic Sites will be incorporated gradually, while not ALL the features will be reintroduced Google constantly monitors the feedback and prioritizes heavily used and top requested features.
You can see Google's original announcement, with updated dates, at An update on the classic Google Sites deprecation timeline.