It looks like Google is getting more serious about removing the old version of Sites. Here’s the latest update from them. It sounds like Google will be giving our technology team a preview of the tools that will be used to migrate from the old version to the new version in the first three months of 2018. Depending on how that goes, they plan to roll these tools out all users in later in 2018. Based on that timeline, my guess would be that old Sites will be going away sometime in 2019, but again that’s just a guess. While it’s still too early to know what this will look like and mean for content in old sites, here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Most importantly: If you are creating new Google Sites, use the new version, not the old one.
- As soon as I see the migration tool, I will do a screencast to demonstrate how to use it. According to Google, I should see the migration tool before the end of March of 2018.
- It sounds like only the “owner” (one of Google’s security roles) of the site will have the ability to migrate content from the old Sites to the new Sites tool. So, if you have critical content in the old Sites tool and you wish to migrate it to new Sites — you will need to know who the “owner” of that Site is — they will need to be the one to run the migration when the tools become available.
I will share more information as it becomes available. Don’t hesitate to let me know if you have questions in the meantime.