Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Moving/Downloading your Google Site

You spent all that time making your amazing Google Site, but now you're moving to a different school. If only there was a way to download your Site, then upload it to your new account at the new school.

It turns out that Google's own Data Liberation Front has a tool to accomplish just that. What you need to do is

  1. Download the "Escaping from Google Sites" tool.
  2. Double-click on the downloaded google-sites-liberation-1.0.3.jar file to run the program. If the program doesn't start up, perhaps you don't have Java installed.
  3. In the Host: box, leave it as sites.google.com
  4. In the Domain: box, fill in the domain where you have your existing Site (e.g. eipstech.com) or just the word  site  if you are not using Google Apps.
  5. In the Webspace: box, fill in the name of your Site; this should be the part of the URL after the / (e.g. if your Site's URL is http://eipstech.com/misterhay then your Site name is misterhay)
  6. Feel free to check the Import/Export Revisions: box if you want that.
  7. Username and Password should be your account information for the domain that you are trying to download from (e.g. dhay  and  mypassword )
  8. Click the Choose Target Directory button and select where you'd like the backup of your Site to be saved.
  9. Click the Export button, and the program will download your Site to your local computer.

Restoring your Site to your new account is the opposite of this process.

  1. Choose Target Directory (where you previously backed up your Site)
  2. Username and Password for your new school
  3. Webspace on the new domain where you'd like your site to be
  4. Domain where your new site will be
  5. Host is still sites.google.com
  6. Click the Import button, and everything should get uploaded to the new place

Hopefully that works for you, it did for me.

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