The Intranet built for Google Workspace

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What is ThoughtFarmer ?

  • ThoughtFarmer is modern intranet software that improves communication in your workplace by keeping your staff engaged, productive, and informed no matter if they are working on-site or remotely.
  • It offers everything you need to have a successful intranet. Its features include powerful search and navigation capabilities, communication tools, social features, and collaboration tools.

Key Features of ThoughtFarmer

  • Communication and Collaboration – Your staff will have access to group news, broadcasts, @mentions, notifications, updates, and shoutouts.
  • Mobile-friendly – can be accessed anywhere via an app. Customize alerts and notifications you will receive through the desktop or by email.
  • Content Management -When launching an intranet, content is one of the most important features it must have. With excellent and effective content management, content creators can easily publish and edit pages. Users have the ability to track any changes made to the content and who made the changes.
  • Some content management features also include the ability to change the content owner, lock the main page, move pages, multilingual interface, and content creation, insert tables and links, duplicate pages, RSS generation, and export the page to Word or PDF.

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Additional Features of ThoughtFarmer

  • Media Management – Content is not restricted to text. With ThoughFarmer, you can easily add and manage images and videos. You can also browse, manage, and search images on recommended galleries to find any image that you would like to add to your intranet.
  • Security – ThoughtFarmer has two deployment options-on-premise and cloud.
  • Your organization’s sensitive information can only be accessed by authorized people. Pages that users don’t have access to are hidden from them.

  • Integrations – Pre-built integrations with Google Drive, Box, Sharepoint, Office 365, Okta, and Silvercloud.

Limitations of ThoughtFarmer

  • Self-hosting – is considered to be a poor approach these days because it involves extra support. (ThoughtFarmer also offers a cloud solution.)
  • Access control – is considered to be intensive and e.g. managing security groups, as well as read and write access for users, can be a bit tedious (although it is worth the effort).
  • Unfortunately, there is no chat function available within the Intranet.
  • Global speed – because the farmer is not considered by commentators to be a global solution-speeds around the world many vary.
  • Data – The data does not reside in your existing Google tenant and will be subject to Thoughtfarmer availability.
  • ThoughtFarmer has its own server, therefore it is subject to the Cloud Act.

What is Google Sites?

Google Sites is the website building app from Google Workspace. It is used by many organisations to create internal websites for departments as well as corporate Intranets.

This site, Steegle.com, is built wholly on Google Sites.

Steegle.One as your Intranet Provider

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Website Builders

Google Sites allows users to easily create websites without any background knowledge in programming or web development. It is part of Google Workspace’s Google Docs Editor family i.e. Sheets, Slides, Drawings, and Docs.

If you’re familiar with Wix, Squarespace or WordPress you may notice that they are somewhat similar to Google Sites, but the emphasis of those tools are public websites, rather than private intranets. Google Sites, however, gives the secure and private authentication offered by Google Workspace so it provides a seamless experience for Google Workspace users.

If you use Google Workspace already then you will find Google Sites easy to use, due to its familiarity with the other Google Workspace apps. Google Sites offers the same sharing model you are used to in Google Drive, so you can avoid any security concerns due to Google Workspace’s industry-leading security.

Google Sites offers the basic and fundamental features for most websites but lacks essential functionality for that many organisations need on an intranet. Steegle offers a very particular set of tools to provide a fully fledged Intranet via our Steegle.One Intranet solution.

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ThoughtFarmer Pricing vs Google Sites Pricing

ThoughtFarmer Pricing?

  • ThoughFarmer’s pricing is user-based. All users get the same features and you can always add more users as your business grows.
  • Depending on the plan, prices are about $10 per user per month.
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Google Sites Pricing?

  • Google Sites is Free if you have Google Workspace!
  • If you use add-on tools, that a company like Steegle provides in Steegle.One, incurs license fees.
  • Steegle.One license fees are a tiny fraction of Interact – to get a tailored quote for your situation get a quote.

Google Sites for Intranets

Features

Content Management
  • Managing content on Google Site is easy and often self-explanatory.
  • You can add and duplicate pages, hide pages, and archive pages.
  • Embedding documents is easy and fun.
  • Edit who can access and edit contents.
Media Management
  • Users can easily add:
    • Images
    • Videos
    • Complex text.
  • Users can also:
    • Move, edit, resize and drag images.
    • Create a responsive design with a grid layout.
Security
  • You can view and edit users who can access certain pages. Unauthorized users will not be able to access or make edits on your intranet.
Integrations
  • Seamlessly integrate with Google apps such as Docs, Sheets, Drawing, and Presentation.

Limitations

No Employee Engagement
  • People Directory - No simple way to create an employee directory nor an organizational chart.
  • Employee Recognition - Google Sites does not offer any tools to help you recognize and reward those who have gone the extra mile or if you want to spotlight someone for their achievements.
No News or Announcements
  • Summaries - Google Sites doesn't summarize recent updates.
  • Centralized Tool - there's no tool to allow you to post once and update in various locations.
Poor File, Document and Folder Handling
  • Folder Hierarchy - opening a folder takes you to Google Drive.
  • Search and Sort - Sites doesn't search your embedded Drive content nor can you sort the list of items.
Poor Calendar Display
  • Google Calendar - antiquated displays are not intranet friendly.
The Solution?
All of these shortfalls are addressed by Steegle in our comprehensive Steegle.One Intranet platform.

What is Steegle.One Intranet for Google Sites?

Key Features of Steegle.One

Steegle.One is an added value intranet solution for Google Workspace that is made using Google Apps Script embedded in Google Sites by Steegle.com.

Steegle.One allows you to easily build engaging and compelling intranets based on Google Sites.

Additionally, Steegle-developed, low-maintenance productivity tools make your intranet more efficient and effective. Some of the Steegle extensions you can use on your intranet are:

Steegle News – comprehensive news management tool;
Steegle People – employee directory and org charts based on your Google Workspace directory;
Steegle Heroes – employee recognition tool;

 

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Custom Intranet Designs

Custom Intranet Designs

Steegle Schedule – consistent calendar display.
Steegle Share – a powerful way of searching and sharing files and templates from a library
Steegle Affinity – creation of automatically subscribed employee affinity groups within Steegle.One

Why Choose Steegle.One Over ThoughtFarmer?

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STREAMLINED FOR GOOGLE

For businesses embedded within the Google ecosystem, Steegle.One offers a naturally integrated intranet solution that leverages Google Workspace’s full potential without the complexity of additional systems.
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COST-EFFECTIVENESS

Steegle.One is significantly more affordable, particularly for small to medium-sized enterprises or those with a tight budget, providing essential intranet functions without the high costs associated with more complex platforms.
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RAPID DEPLOYMENT

Promising quick implementation and easy management, Steegle.One enables organizations to swiftly launch their intranet with minimal disruption, prioritizing employee engagement and productivity.
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SCALABLE AND FLEXIBLE

Steegle.One scales seamlessly for all businesses, from startups to enterprises, with its intuitive interface and robust features, avoiding excessive customization or complex setup.
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SECURITY

All data is securely stored on Google Workspace, ensuring compliance with HIPAA and GDPR regulations, and meeting Google's industry-leading security and data protection standards.
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REQUEST DEMO

Discover how Steegle.One can transform your Google Workspace into a powerful and integrated intranet. Request a live demo session today at Steegle and explore the features firsthand.

So… How do you create a Google Sites intranet?

Great question! Steegle is a Google Cloud Partner and has been using Google Sites since 2008. We have developed intranets for large and small organisations with a friendly team using built-in powerful robust and scalable Google Technology as well as our own specially adapted software widgets to make the intranet fly – become a hub of activity where people will want to come back to for years to come.

We can get basic sites customised exactly to your brand and house style within 5-days. You can use our templates for page structures that make sense (being based on the Nielsen Norman ideals of an effective Intranet) as a starting for your organisation without the need for complex wireframes or project planning. We’ll also be by your side as you start the big task of populating the system and setting it up to fit your company’s culture, and you can get user feedback on your draft site to quickly adapted and change it to meet their needs.

Step one is to get in touch with us so that we can give you a walkthrough of our system. Book a demo to kickstart the process!

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Acknowledgment of Intellectual Property Rights

As we compare the capabilities and offerings of various intranet solutions, it’s essential to recognize and respect the intellectual property rights of all companies involved, including Google and the intranet solution providers. The information presented in this comparison is based on publicly available sources or market insights and is intended for informational purposes only to the best of our knowledge at the time of compiling the information. We aim to provide potential users with an understanding of what each platform offers while acknowledging the unique features and contributions of each company to the digital workplace landscape. We express our respect for their copyrights, trademarks, and innovative solutions.

*Pricing information is based on publicly available sources or anecdotal evidence and may be subject to change.

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Looking for an intranet solution for Google Workspace?

Since 2008, we here at Steegle.com have been delivering intranet development solutions for Google Sites. We have developed Steegle.One intranet system which builds directly to Google Sites for Google Workspace.

As a certified Google Cloud Partner, we specialize in Google Workspace based solutions. Give us a call at US +1 (302) 672 3007 or UK +44 (207) 871 502 or contact us today to view a demo of our intranet solutions, and see how it can help increase employee productivity and save time and money. Click below to learn more about the Steegle.One Intranet solution.