In Q4 2017, we’ll launch features in the classic Sites that will help site owners migrate their content to the new Sites. In 2018, we’ll provide tools that will enable G Suite admins to effectively manage the migration process. Stay tuned for more details on these features and tools later this year.
We plan to take your feedback on these migration tools into account when scheduling the deprecation and shutdown of the classic Sites. With that mind, we’ll only announce a firm timeline after the migration process is underway for many customers.
A few things to note:
- Once announced, the deprecation schedule will include at least one year of unchanged operation followed by three months of read-only operation. Migration will be possible throughout, including during the read-only phase.
- When the read-only phase ends, all unmigrated sites will be preserved as a takeout archive.
- Before deprecating the classic Sites, we’ll ensure that the new Sites includes several features necessary for team sites, portals, knowledge bases, and intranets. These will include at least the following:
- Search a site
- Restrict access to published sites
- More granular access to different sections of sites
- Embed URLs and code in sites
- Notifications of site updates
- Create larger sites, including deeper hierarchy
- Corporate themes
- More text formatting options
- Custom web addresses
- API capabilities
Follow the G Suite Updates Blog for additional details when these new features and migration tools launch.
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