Classic Google Sites Retirement Timeline


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On July 1, 2022, all remaining classic Google Sites had editing and external visibility turned off. (However, you can continue to migrate your classic Sites until Google shuts it down.)

Google announced their timeline for retiring classic Google Sites and replacing it with new Google Sites.

Note: ITS has made the decision to follow a previous timeline Google announced instead of following Google's delayed timeline again. You will find both timelines listed below.


On May 16, 2022, Google announced another updated timeline for the retirement of classic Google Sites that extends the previous dates. This marks the fourth time Google has extended the timeline since they first announced the retirement of classic Sites in 2017. To ensure a smooth transition for campus and avoid any future confusion or frustration around these shifting timelines, ITS will continue to follow the previous schedule with regard to the removal of key functionality.

ITS's retirement timeline

  • May 15, 2021 - Google turned off the ability to create new classic Sites.
  • July 1, 2022 - U-M classic Google Sites will no longer be:
    • Editable by you (as owner) or your collaborators
    • Viewable by external users (i.e., individuals with a email address)

However, owners will still be able to convert their classic Sites until Google officially retires the service. Refer to Convert Your Classic Google Sites to New Sites for detailed steps on how to convert your classic Google Sites to new Google Sites.

Google's retirement timeline

  • May 15, 2021 - The ability to create new classic Sites was turned off.
  • December 1, 2022 (previously June 1, 2022) - The ability to edit your remaining classic Sites will be turned off.
  • January 30, 2023 (previously January 1, 2023) - The ability for users to view the content of classic Sites will be turned off.

If you do not convert your classic Google Site before January 1, Google will automatically transition it as follows:

  1. Download the site as an archive and save it to your Google Drive.
  2. Replace the site with a draft in new Google Sites for you to review and publish if desired.
  3. Delete the classic Site once Google has downloaded and replaced it.

For instructions on how to convert your classic Google Sites to new Google Sites, refer to Convert Your Classic Google Sites to New Sites.

Additional Information

For more information, refer to the ITS announcement on 4/22/21.

Need additional information or assistance? Contact the ITS Service Center.


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