Advance understanding of Sites page layout

Each Google Sites page must be in one of five default different layout or default Google Google Sites page templates: Web Page, Dashboard, Announcement, File Cabinet or List.

Web Page

Standard Web like page, similar to Google Pages, with a WYSIWYG editor and a few page lay out options.


Pre-designed pages, with templates, where you can insert any Google Gadget that is available. This is helpful for student pages, where they can insert the most useful gadgets for their personal pages. Students can also create their own Google Gadgets to add into their site.


Announcement pages function much like a blog, where pages are listed in reverse chronological order, with the most recent announcement on top. These pages can be used as personal blogs or journal entries, to list homework assignments or to document the progress on a group project. Each entry also has the ability to comment, so a complete threaded discussion can be documented from a single announcement. As with all other pages  within a Google Site, the owner of the page can make it 100% public or share only with those  people they wish to have access to it. 

File Cabinet

File Cabinet pages allow users to create their own online file cabinet, with content from their own files or files from the Internet, by pasting the URL into the editor. You can also add folders to the file cabinet to create easier access to files for a particular course or unit of a course.


The name really doesn't tell everything a list page can do. It really is a way to collect data from multiple users. There are a few templates for specific types of lists, or you can create your own, using the following types of fields: Check Box, Date, Drop Down, Text  or URL.  List Pages are a nifty way to collect data and make it accessible to a group of  people.