Publishing Google Slides with Google Sites

Publish Google Slides with Google Sites

The new Google Sites makes it very easy to share Google Slides with the world. Sharing Google Slides is a great way to provide information to an audience, provide professional development and instruction. Sharing presentations through Google Sites is a good way for students to develop an online portfolio of what they have learned during the year. Sharing presentations is also a good way for teachers to provide information to parents and the local community.

To follow along in this lesson you should have a Google presentation of some kind created. It does not have to be finished or complete. One of the benefits of working with a live document is that we can update content in a Google Slide and the updated content will be available on the site immediately.

Go over to and create a new site. Click the circle in the lower right-hand corner.


Title the site with a name like Google Presentations.


Scroll down to the Google Docs section using the panel on the right. Click on the Slides button.


The panel will expand to list all the slides within your Google Drive. Click on a presentation to be added to the site.


Scroll through the panel and select other presentations to be added to the site. A number will tally the number of presentations selected.


Use the search function to find slides. Click the magnifying glass icon to open the search box.


The search box can be used to find a slide with a specific title. Filters in the search box can be used to find presentations by the date when they were last modified or by the owner of the presentation.

If you are not the owner of the presentation you might not be able to display the presentation on the site to anyone else. This is because the owner might have only given you permission to view the presentation. Others will get a permission error and will not see anything on the site other than a holding place for the presentation.


Click the Insert button to place the selected presentations onto the Google Site page.


Each slide will be placed onto a row in the page.


Presentations can be arranged on the page by clicking and dragging them around.


Presentations can be placed next to other presentations on the same row. Column guides appear to help align the presentations in the row.


More presentations can be placed on a row by resizing the presentation image. There are twelve column guides on the page. A presentation can be placed within each column for a total of twelve presentation icons across the page. That may be too much so you might want to limit the number of presentations on a row to three or four.


Each presentation thumbnail will include a poster image and controls. A poster image is a thumbnail image that usually represents the first slide in a presentation. The controls are used by the visitor to the page to view and navigate through the presentation.


Click the preview icon in the site button bar.


The presentations will look much the same way they looked in edit mode. Click on the controls to go through the presentations.


Exit preview mode by clicking “x” on the review toolbar.

The preview toolbar includes options to preview the site for mobile phones and tablets. These views are approximations and may not look exactly the same on all devices.


Click the Publish button to share the site and presentations with others. No one will see the site and slides until the site is published. Clicking the Publish button is like clicking save and share. Click the Publish button each time you make changes.


The publish options window will prompt us for a location and share options if the site is part of a G Suite Institution account. The location option wants us to provide the rest of the link URL (Uniform Resource Locator) information for the site.


The link to the site will be shown below the name given to the site. This URL must be unique so you might have to select a name that does not conflict with another already out there.


Click the Publish button to save the publish configuration and share the site with the world.


A confirmation message will appear at the bottom of the page and a link to view the published site. Click the View link to see the published site.


We can click the disclosure triangle for an option to view the published site.


Presentations that do not have the proper permission to display to anyone other than your account will not be visible. A white square will display in the space where the presentation should be.


Verify that the presentations can be viewed by anyone. Use the Incognito feature in the Chrome browser. Copy the site URL.


Click on the actions menu and select New Incognito Window.


Paste the link into the address bar.


We learned how to create a new Google Site, add presentations, arrange the presentations, publish the site, preview the site and use Incognito to test the access to content on the site.

Posted in Google Sites, Google Slides.