Updates: May 2009

posted May 19, 2009, 8:20 AM by Brian Johnson   [ updated May 19, 2009, 1:17 PM ]
On Monday, May 18, 2009, Google pushed out the latest update to the Sites product.  Included in this update are the following feature and performance enhancements:

New Editor Look and Feel

  • The editor for Google Sites has been overhauled to more closely resemble the look and feel (layout) of Google Docs.  This is being done in an effort to provide a common environment when working between the various Google services.
    • The Save and Cancel buttons have been moved to the upper-right section of the edit screen.
    • The Insert, Format, Table and Layout menu options have been moved up and to the left of the edit screen.


  • The Create New Page, Edit Page and More Actions options have been move to the right side of the screen.
  • Site Settings and More Actions have been combined into a single More Actions menu
  • A Manage Site link has been added to the More Actions menu that will provide access to the Google Sites administration functions.
    • The navigation layout for the Manage Site section has been changed to a sidebar navigation.

Rendering Infrastructure Overhaul

  • A number of behind-the-scenes updates were made in preparation of future enhancements.
  • Other changes were made that provide immediate benefits:
    • You now have specific control over gadgets that appear in the content and gadgets that appear in the sidebar - you can adjust these variables in the Colors and Fonts area.
    • A From theme option has been added in the colors and fonts area. During customizations you can now check the From Theme option on any variable to revert back to the theme without losing all of your changes.

Hierarchical Navigation

  • This long-awaited feature provides the ability to create an expandable, hierarchical menu in the Navigation section of your sidebar.  To access this feature, simply log into your site, click the Edit Sidebar link and Edit the Navigation gadget in your sidebar.

Site Language

  • Language can now be defined across an entire Google Sites site.
As you familiarize yourself with these new features, keep in mind that Google has said that additional updates will be released around the time of the GPC to Sites migration.  Included in these promised updates is the integration of AdSense with Google Sites.

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