Website appearance

How to edit a Google site and customize the look of your website

  • You can modify a Google Site to customize its appearance.
  • Google Sites allows you to add text, images, hyperlinks, YouTube videos and more to your webpage.
  • You can also add charts, sheets, documents, and slideshows from your Google Drive.

Google Sites is a free tool for building your own website without the help of a developer.

You can start from scratch or use a template to create a job portfolio, school projects, or event page.

Google sites are basic but customizable. You can upload images, add links, text, and basic HTML code if you know how to code.

Once you’ve created a Google site, editing is completely intuitive. If you’ve worked on a Microsoft Word document or used Google Slides, you should be familiar with its interface.

You don’t have to be a scholar to do something simple and functional.

How to edit a Google site

Once you have created a website, you can start playing around with different features.

At the top right of the edit page, you will see three tabs: “Insert”, “Pages” and “Themes”.

The options under Insert allow you to add images, text, links, etc. Pages allows you to add multiple web pages to your site beyond the home page. Themes allow you to change the overall look of the site. You can choose from a limited number of colors and fonts.

How to use the Insert tab

The Insert tab provides the most granular editing techniques.

Use the “Insert” tab to add important elements to your site.Vivian McCall / Business Insider

At the top right, you’ll see buttons to add a text box, image, embedded link, or document from your Google Drive.

As you scroll down, you will see different layout options.

Instead of changing the entire look of the page, selecting a layout adds additional image and text areas that you can play around with. When you press any of the layout buttons, the selected layout will appear below your page title.

Tap the trash can icon on the left side to delete a layout. Press the button on the palette to customize its background.

How to edit a Google site and customize the look of your website
You can customize any layout you want by clicking on the palette icon in the left side panel.Vivian McCall / Business Insider

Click any text box to add text. When you have selected a text box, you can bold, italicize, or change the style of text from a heading to a heading to body text. To change the font, see the “Themes” tab.

Any background can be replaced with an image.

Select an image from a series of default images, from your Google Drive or from your computer. Select “Change Image” to select the image you want to add. You can also click any plus icon in an empty photo box to add an image.

How to edit a Google site and customize the look of your website
You can add an image to a text box by clicking on the plus sign “+”.Vivian McCall / Business Insider

Under the layouts, you’ll see options to add YouTube videos, an image carousel, a calendar, Google Maps, and more. You can also add items from Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slides right from your Drive.

Placeholders reserve space for YouTube videos, images, maps, and calendars. The buttons become clickable links. Dividers divide the sections.

How to use the Pages tab

This tab allows you to add separate pages to your website. Edit the finer details with options under the Insert tab.

How to edit a Google site and customize the look of your website
To add new pages to your site, click the plus sign “+” at the bottom of the Pages tab.Vivian McCall / Business Insider

How to use the Themes tab

First, select a theme that you like. Select a color or the paint bucket icon to choose your own. Tap Font Style to toggle between the few options available.

How to edit a Google site and customize the look of your website
Choose a theme from the options available in the “Themes” tab.Vivian McCall / Business Insider