Google has sent an email warning users that its classic website builder service will soon be discontinued and that they must migrate their websites to new Google sites if they want them to stay online.
Following its acquisition of JotSpot in 2006, Google launched Google Sites in 2008, which made it easy for users to create their own sites. However, eight years later, the search giant introduced a new Google Sites service that was integrated into G Suite.
An email with the subject “Migrate your classic sites to new Google sites” was recently sent to active users of classic sites explaining how the service will be discontinued on September 1, 2021. As part of this transition, the creation of new websites with Classic Sites will be deactivated on November 1, 2020, and users will have approximately one year to migrate their classic sites to the new version of Google Sites.
In addition to announcing that classic sites will be removed, Google has also launched a new service called Classic Sites Manager that will make it easier for users to convert their classic sites into new sites. The service allows users to convert, archive, or delete all classic sites linked to their accounts, as well as export a spreadsheet of all their sites to Google Sheets. To avoid any potential disruption, Google urges users to begin the transition to its new website builder as soon as possible.
At the same time, G Suite admins received a different transition timeline according to a company blog post. For G Suite users, creating websites in classic sites will be disabled in May 2021 and they will no longer be able to edit their sites in October, with the service shutting down completely in December next year. This transition was actually delayed because a number of features from classic sites weren’t available in the new Google Sites, but that has since been fixed.
Any classic sites that are not migrated to the new Google sites by the deadline will be automatically archived and saved to their owner’s Google Drive.