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Google Reader retirement

posted Mar 26, 2013, 3:25 AM by Raveendran Nilavalagan   [ updated Mar 26, 2013, 3:41 AM ]

Google announced that the Google Reader will retire on July 1, 2013.
Hence all the Google Reader references in this site are removed. The Reader widget used in the Feeds page is changed with RSS Feed gadget.
Check the new Feeds page.

Mobile phone access

posted Jan 2, 2013, 8:29 PM by Raveendran Nilavalagan

Enabled "Automatically adjust site to mobile phones".
Click More>Manage Site, go to Mobile option and tick.

Site Maintenance

posted Sep 27, 2012, 2:31 AM by Raveendran Nilavalagan

  • Made all the external links present in this site to open in a new window/tab.
  • Removed the annoying message 'You cannot comment on this document' displayed at the bottom of all the pages. To do that Click More>Page settings, Un-check 'Allow comments', Click Save. 

Google Talk Gadget

posted Sep 18, 2012, 12:26 AM by Raveendran Nilavalagan

The FLASH based Google Talk Gadget is no more supported under Google Sites. Hence the Talk page from this site is removed.

Google Videos to YouTube migration

posted Apr 24, 2011, 9:56 PM by Raveendran Nilavalagan

Google would be ending playbacks of Google Videos soon. Videos currently uploaded and hosted on this platform should be either migrated to YouTube or downloaded as a file.

I've migrated my video embedded in http://www.raveen.net/videos from Google Videos to YouTube.  
Also all references to Google Videos are removed.

Favicon Added

posted Sep 5, 2010, 11:00 PM by Raveendran Nilavalagan

Favicon (Favorite icon), a small icon that appears on the browser tabs for a website not only adds fancy but it has functional benefits too. Especially when we scroll through browser history or bookmarks, it gives easy visualization.

I created a png file (16 x 16 pixels) with transparent background. The letter ‘R’ also has transparent background. The file is renamed as
favicon
favicon.ico and uploaded via More Actions>Manage site>Attachments>Upload to /top level. 



On Chrome browser it appears like this:

Thanks to kalpen who gave inputs to add a favicon to my site.

Search enhancement

posted Aug 28, 2009, 1:55 AM by Raveendran Nilavalagan

The search box on top has two options now ('Search this site' and 'Search web'). Thanks to Google Sites team for providing this new feature. Visitors can now make search queries on this site or entire web.

Layout Changes

posted Jul 15, 2009, 2:25 AM by Raveendran Nilavalagan

Google added more page layout options with 1/2/3 column and left/right side bar. Though this release has affected the layout of some existing pages, the new layout offers very flexible design options. I’ve corrected overlapping in existing pages Home, Greetings, Photos sub-pages and Tamil. I’ve improved Comments and About pages with new layout for better readability.

Google Pages to Google Sites Migration

posted Apr 21, 2009, 2:51 AM by Raveendran Nilavalagan

I have manually moved the site content from Google Pages to Google Sites. Hence I opted out of automatic migration by Google by selecting Option 2 - Opt out of the move, and take your pages to a new location.

I setup a Redirect URL so that visit to http://nraveen.googlepages.com will  redirect to http://sites.google.com/site/nraveen.

Interestingly the sub-pages are also getting redirected. Example: http://nraveen.googlepages.com/photos is redirected to http://sites.google.com/site/nraveen/photos. And if the matching page is not available in the new site, it provides a link to Home page of the new site.

The migration options are very well thought and implemented by Google Labs team and many thanks for that.

Comments - Form and List

posted Oct 9, 2008, 2:15 AM by Raveendran Nilavalagan

Added a comments page that can receive feedback from visitors and publish it on the same page. Embedded Google Form to get the input and Google Spreadsheet to publish it.

The Form embedding works fine in Firefox and Chrome, but in IE6 it adds an unwanted horizontal scroll bar if the width is small (for paragraph text).
The Spread sheet insertion gadget in 'Sites" is not accepting published spreadsheet's URL, but accepts the spreadsheet name.

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