Updating your faculty website URL to point to a Google Site

Faculty members have been using Google Sites to build websites for their home pages,courses, and other projects for sometime here at ACC for some time. Faculty members want to move their main web presence to another location away form their old FTP based websites without breaking links from the course schedule and other areas.
The easiest way to do this is to convert the original website’s URL into a vanity URL and forward it to the new website:

  1. Create your new website using Google Sites.
  2. Fill out the Vanity URL request.
    1. Use the new URL address for the Original URL field (your new Google site address)
    2. Use your old website address for the Vanity URL field. (your old www.austincc.edu/(youroldwebsite)
  3. Optional step: Client side redirects:

The Google search is often how users find websites located on ACC’s servers. The following will help the Google bot update its listings quicker. Insert the following code between the <head> </head> section of each html file in your old website.
<meta http-equiv="refresh" content="0;url=https://sites.google.com/a/austincc.edu/~yourwebsite“>

Be sure to use the full URL of your new Google Site.

That’s it. Once the Google Search index has been updated, the old FTP account will be deactivated and removed,BUT the original address will always forward to your new Google Site.

You can continue to use the now “vanity” address of www.austincc.edu/youroldwebsite in the course schedule, syllabi, Blackboard, email signatures, and more.

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