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Add Your Photo Journal to Google Sites

Choose an extension to continue learning new basic and advanced digital skills for building and maintaining a virtual journal.
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If you want others to see your photo journal, you can share your document with friends or family.

You can also publish your journal as a website.

You might not want to share your personal journal with details about your experiences with your friends and family on a website.

Remember that websites can be viewed by anyone, even people you don’t know.

But a website is a great place to share thoughts and ideas on other topics, such as movies, books, or even your science experiments.

In this extension, you will create a Google Site.

You will add photos and journal entries to pages on the site.

Then, you will publish it for a specific audience.

To start, open a new tab, and go to Google Sites.

Create a new site, and give it a title.

Then, use the cover page to create your homepage.

The homepage is the main page of a website.

Add your website’s theme or subject.

Then, add your first image.

If you have your images stored in Drive, you can access your files right from your website.

Otherwise, copy the source from your cover page image, and paste it into the search field.

Select and insert your image.

Resize your image.

Then, drag it to the center of the page.

Then, add a text box.

Copy and paste the image’s source information into the box, and adjust the formatting.

Next, create your first journal entry.

Add a new page to your website.

Name it with the same title as your first journal entry, or create a title for your new topic.

Follow the same steps you used on the homepage to add your image to the new page.

Then create a textbox for the source.

Copy the text from your document.

Then paste it into the new textbox.

Change the layout of the page, if you’d like, by dragging the text or the image to a new location.

Repeat this process to create a new page for additional journal entries, or just create blank pages with the titles to complete later.

Great work!

You’ve created a website.

To make your site more reflective of your personality or the topic, change the theme.

Then, update the font style, colors, header image, and navigation mode if you’d like.

Finally, publish your website.

Give it a descriptive name.

Change the share settings, so only the people who you give the URL to can access your website.

This keeps your personal information more private.

Keep in mind, though, if someone who has access to your URL shares it, then your journal may be seen by people you don’t know.

You can unpublish your website at any time.

Now, it’s your turn.

Create a new site in Google Sites.

Add a title, image, and text box to the homepage.

Add more pages with titles, images, and text.

Adjust the layout and formatting.

Update the theme, font style, color, and header image, and publish your site, so it’s only available to people with the URL.

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Add Your Photo Journal to Google Sites

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