This tutorial video shows you the basics – how to add text and pictures. Similar to word processing programs like Microsoft Word, Google Sites offers users formatting options such as font style, size and color of font, as well as emphasis formats such as bold, italics, and underline. Google Sites does not offer quite as many options as Microsoft Word or other word processing software programs; however, we have enough formatting tools to help us achieve the look we want.
As for adding images, it’s important to note that images MUST NOT BE COPIED AND PASTED into Google Sites! This is a common mistake many students make. When you copy and paste images, you may be able to see the image on your computer, but others will only see an “x” or other indicator showing that something is supposed to be there but not showing up like it should. This tutorial shows how to add images one at a time to your site. For information about how to add a complete photo slideshow to your portfolio, check out “How to Insert a Photo Slideshow“.
I recommend having a digital picture of yourself available when doing this tutorial. You could substitute a picture of you for something temporary like a picture that represents you, but ultimately this is your digital portfolio and it would be nice to actually see you in the site. You could use a digital camera, cell phone with a camera, tablet, webcam, or even camera-enabled gaming station to get your digital picture. If you’re taking the picture yourself, I recommend more of a “from the shoulders up” picture and not a full body picture. The closer-up picture will usually look better in your digital portfolio.