In 2009, the League set up custom websites for interested chapters and divisions using Google Sites. To get you started, we supplied logos, images, and set up navigation. Today, many chapters are still using these sites to communicate with members and promote the chapter in general.
Recently, Google announced that it is going to “retire” all of the old Google Sites in 2018. It’s unclear if they are going to delete them or lock them, but all chapters using Google Sites will need to transition to a new site this year. And we can help you!
First, let's look at some of the new tools you'll get with the new Google Sites.
- Drag and Drop editing rather than drop down menus and pop-up windows
- More mobile-friendly web pages with layouts designed to scale to any screen size. As more people consume web content through mobile devices, it is critical that chapter and division sites function well on all devices.
- Access through Google Drive, where you can also store documents, videos, photos, and more. This can really improve work flow for chapters with multiple website contributors.
- Auto-adjustment of images to improve visibility online.
- Easy integration with Google Analytics, which you can use to analyze your most popular pages, how visitors are finding your site, and more.
Google may be rolling out additional functionality this year. Rumor has it that they will be adding social media integration and more designs.
If you are interested in creating a website for your chapter, please contact Amy Marathe, Communications Associate, at firstname.lastname@example.org. She will help you get started and train you in the new format.
If you have an existing Google Site that needs to be transitioned to the new format, please contact Amy. She can help you transition smoothly, help you delete your old site, redirect your vanity URL to the new site and train you in the new format.