Classic Google Sites Deprecation & Migration Timeline
Find out when you can expect to start migrating your classic Google Sites to new Google Sites
Migration Timeline - updated 20/12/2017
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. 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
- 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.