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Google Vault to support website builders transition from Google Sites

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With the deadline for users of Google's classic Sites website builder (opens in new tab) to transition to the new Sites experience (opens in new tab) fast approaching, the search giant has announced that Google Vault now supports new Google Sites.

For those who are unfamiliar, Google Vault is an information governance and eDiscovery tool for Google Workspace (opens in new tab) that allows its users to retain, hold, search and export their data from Gmail, Google Drive, Google Chat, Google Meet (opens in new tab) and many other of the company's products.

Google Vault could prove to be a helpful tool for classic Sites owners that have either made the transition to new Google Sites (opens in new tab) or are preparing to do so ahead of the September 1 deadline. 

At the same time though, Google has also created an aid called Classic Sites Manager (opens in new tab) for converting existing classic Sites to new Google Sites as unpublished drafts. 

Google Sites support

In a new post (opens in new tab) on the Google Workspace blog, Google revealed that Sites users can now set retention policies, perform searches and export content from their sties using Google Vault. 

For those already using the service to store Google Drive (opens in new tab) files, Sites files will now be covered by those holds but Sites-specific retention rules can also be set up.

By adding support for Google Sites to Google Vault, individuals and organizations that use Google's website builder will have better control over their data which can help them meet regulatory or legal obligations concerning where their data is held.

Anthony Spadafora
Anthony Spadafora

After working with the TechRadar Pro team for the last several years, Anthony is now the security and networking editor at Tom’s Guide where he covers everything from data breaches and ransomware gangs to the best way to cover your whole home or business with Wi-Fi. When not writing, you can find him tinkering with PCs and game consoles, managing cables and upgrading his smart home.