How to use Google Workspace to launch a website


Creating a website using Google Drive is simple, effective and perfect for modern businesses. Overdrive is a Google website builder that makes the whole process of building, publishing and updating your website ridiculously easy. There’s no specialist tech knowledge to worry about and no need to be an expert in coding. Just follow these simple steps to discover how to use Google Workspace to launch a website.

  1. Create your account in Google

Chances are you already have a Google account, but if you don’t, or you need to create a new one for your business, just go to and click “create account”. You’ll need either an existing email address or to set up a Gmail account, as well as your account recovery details.

  1. Click the nine-dot grid at the top right of the screen

This is the icon for all Google apps. Choose “sites” – if it’s not there, just select “more from Google” and “browse all products” and it will be listed.

  1. Choose a template

You’ll find various templates on the site as well as the option to build your own.

  1. Choose a theme

Again, there are lots of options for the theme of your site. Try to choose one that works well with the content – for example, if your site will have lots of great images, pick a theme that optimises this aspect. Don’t worry if you make the wrong choice as you can always change the theme at a later date.

  1. Editing your page

Every page of the website can be edited. The layout is a logical place to start, and you can select from a wide range of formats. Other things to edit include:

  • Background image
    • Widgets
    • Colours
    • Content
  1. Publish your site

When you’re happy with your site, it’s time to publish. This couldn’t be simpler – just click the “publish” button at the top right of the screen and follow the instructions to create your own unique folder.

Experiment to discover how to customise your Google Workspace website

Experimentation is easy – and positively encouraged. Every section of the website can be adapted. Just hover your cursor over each section until you see the familiar gear symbol, click on it and all the options for customisation will appear.

Using widgets when you launch your website

Widgets mean you can embed content provided by Google directly to your page. You can choose your widgets from the table at the right of the screen. Select from things like an image carousel, placeholders, calendars, maps, and Google Docs as well as the ability to embed YouTube.

Flexibility and simplicity

Using Google Drive gives you enormous flexibility when it comes to launching your website. Combine this with the ongoing support and simple access offered by a dedicated Google Drive website builder and you have a combination that lets you create a website you love, and frees you up to focus on building your business to become the best it can be.

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