Website builders like Google Sites make setting up a web site so easy users can mistakenly assume all there is to the process is finding a template and adding content. Creating a website requires more. It requires planning or the website can be mismatched to its purpose and audience. The following guide will help you get started but not provide all of the answers. Each website is different and will have unique needs that must be addressed.
Creating a website using Google Sites usually, but not always, begins by choosing a website template first and then adding the content. This is the most popular, easiest and widely known method though and it is the wrong one to build a website because there is the chance the content won't fit. This method is similar to choosing a house by the way it looks and trying to fit your furnishings and lifestyle afterward. The right method is to design your site to fit your site's needs and Google Sites can do this.
The process is called "building" because that is what you are doing, one step at a time until you have a finished website.
Each step must be done in this order to ensure that no steps are missed. If you are experienced enough, you can move around in your own order.
All you need to get started is a writing tool and paper but you can use a program, either now or later.
I find that putting my thoughts down on paper is quicker than using a program because I can write and/or draw faster and with more variety than when using a program, at least at this stage.
The following steps will get you started. Note that there can be other sub-steps depending on your website.
Before you build anything, website or otherwise, you have to know a few basic pieces of information.