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"Google Sites offers two kinds of navigation: horizontal and vertical (sidebar) and the option to use a site map, too."



What do you need to know about using Navigation in Google Sites?

To get the most use out of the Navigation, you need to know what it is, its components, how it works, limitations and capabilities.


What is the Navigation?

The Navigation is between the Header and the Content portion of your website template. It is just one part of your website template. There are others such as the header, content or footer and each hold related website content. 

The Navigation holds the links to your site's page. Navigation is the road map through your website's pages in an organized structure placed in one, consistent place in every page of your site. Visitors can move around your website easily and find your content.


What are the Navigation's components?

The Navigation is made of website page and external page links organized in one of two ways: horizontal and vertical (sidebar), the latter can be positioned to the Left or Right of the page. A site map can also be created too.


How does the Navigation work?

When a new page is created, page links need to be added to the navigation manually. It is not automatically done and the method is slightly different between horizontal and vertical navigation.


What are the Navigation's capabilities?

  • easy to use
  • page links can be moved around within either kind of navigation via a dialog box
  • collapsible menus in both kinds of navigation
  • menu levels 2 deep for horizontal and 3 for vertical

What are the Navigation's limitations?

  • font sizes cannot be changed
  • navigation alignment can't be changed from the default Left

Other Navigation Facts

What are the differences between the 2 kinds of navigation?

Visually, one runs the width of the site while the other runs the height. Beyound the obvious, there are some differences you should know about before choosing one.

  • horizontal
    • cannot display content other than page links
  • vertical
    • can have multiple navigation gadgets dividing up page links into menus
    • can hold content other than page links via gadget boxes like text, images, count-down meter, social links and so on
    • has infinite space possibilities running the height of the page

How does the site map work and how is it created?

It works by displaying the file/folder structure of your website pages in a outline view for easier reading. Site maps make it easy to find information that might be hidden in menus and can be hard to find.

To create and use one is a two-step process: organize your site's pages and then make the site map public. To organize them, open the "Pages" page which lists all pages in your website and those created in the future.

To move a page, grab the page link with your mouse, move it either in the outline structure or under "a" page to create a menu. If it is placed within the structure, by default, Google will organize it alphabetically.