Using Google Sites I started building my website to share information and resources with my students and staff. After reviewing the various themes and templates, I decided to experiment building my website using a Google Site template. https://sites.google.com/site/classtemplate_en/ Building a website using a template was a learning experience. At first I struggled with understanding the template and the relationship between the predefined pages. Once I began playing and experimenting, I began to understand how the template was organizing pages and the process of creating and modifying pages became easier.
In case you're thinking of using a Google Site template, I used the Classroom template. Using this template, I used the "More" button at the top of main home page a lot. The more button offers a drop down menu with the options "Edit Site Layout" and "Manage Site". Edit Site Layout was important in modifying the side navigation panel.
One particular area I found troublesome was removing the "template text" within template pages. There is instructional text provided by Google within template pages that must be deleted prior to publishing. Once I realized that the "template text" had to be removed in template pages, I began to remove it as I modified and added text to a page.
Creating new pages was easy. These are blanks pages that you position within the organization of the template. Once I understood the organization of the template, building new page and placing them where I wanted was not difficult.
My website needs pictures! I will add pictures as I continue to refine it. It wasn't difficult to include the one picture I have. I don't expect adding pictures to be a problem. I've started building and including tutorials that I've created. I plan to add more tutorials and more website resources.
My website is only available with this link. It's a work in progress! Take a look and let me know what you think.