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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

How to move a google site from a google app account (domain) to another

The idea is: add the administrator of the target domain name as owner of the first one, then copy the site. The difficulty comes from the fact that when you're logged in as admin on the target domain you don't see the source domain name listed...

Suppose you have a google app under domain name source.com. You have built a web site named "foo" and you want to move it another google app account named target.com.


Step 1: login under your admin account on source,com google app (probably from http://admin.google.com/source.com).
Step 2: go to sharing page (hit the Share button, top right).
Step 3: add the administrator of target.com domain as owner (of source.com), e.g. you share source,com with admin@target.com.
Step 4: logout from source.com admin account and login as admin at target.com.
Step 5: visit https://sites.google.com/a/target.com , Or if you want you can go to https://sites.google.com but even if you see all the sites inside target,com you still don't see the site from source.com even if you are the owner of it since step 3. That's because Google writes "My Sites in target.com" so they don't include sites from other accounts.
Step 6: Now that you are in "My sites in source.com", click on the site you want to import (eg. click on foo.source.com, the site to copy to target.com).
Step 7: From https://sites.google.com/a/source.com/foo/ choose manage sites from the menu.
Step 8: Select Copy this site. Enter a site name, for example bar, it'll be appended Next to https://sites.google.com/a/target.com/ .
Step 9: click COPY. Wait. It's done. 

Now the new site bar.target,com is a copy of foo.source.com. You should Login under the admin of foo.source.com and remove the account @target.com from the owners list.

[EDIT]

It seems this free fine app does exactly that : Site Copier for Google Apps

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