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FAQs

Pl. find answers to some of the Frequently Asked Questions about this website. I received these questions via email, comments form and sites help forum. 

Design and Layout

How did you put the cool navigation buttons in your site?

First create navigation buttons in some image editing program and save it as a jpg file for each link such as Home, Photo, Video … (1 image file for 1 link)

Edit the side bar in your Google site and add a text box. Edit that text box and insert navigation button images one below other. Click the editor’s HTML button to view the HTML codes. You can find there those image buttons are already linked to some destination by Google. Replace that link with your desired link, and save it. Now if you click on that image (navigation button) it will launch the desired link.

It requires little HTML knowledge and familiarity to create image files.

How did you put the header image without a hyperlink?

First create an image file (jpg) of suitable size (1000 x 90 pixels).
In the site editor Click More Actions> Manage Site
Edit Site Appearance> Site Layout> Change Site Layout> Header height= 90 pixels, OK
Click Change Logo> No Logo, OK
Click Colors and Fonts> Site Header Background Image. Upload your image file. Click Save Changes, Return to Site.

What is the recommended header size?

Though wide screen LCD monitors with a screen resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels are increasingly getting popular, many popular websites are still designed for 800 x 600 or 1024 x 768 pixels resolution.
I suggest you target for 1024 x 768 resolution, and for that your header size can be 1000 x 90 pixels. If you feel the height is low, you can increase it to a max. of 120 pixels.

My header image is not fully visible, only left half is visible. How to solve?

Put your image file as header image background. Don’t insert the image file into header area. This problem happens only in IE browser.

How you are able to get colored tables? There is no menu option is available in the site editor to change cell color?

Yes. Google sites have minimal table formatting options at present. To make colored table or border less tables, make it first in your word editor program like MS Word or Write. Then copy it and paste in site’s editor. Use Chrome or Firefox browser. This is the simplest way. You can also edit the HTML code and change the table properties if you are familiar with HTML.

How your Photos page is having consistent layout in all browsers and screen sizes? Mine is getting distorted.

I keep my entire site width constant at 1000 pixels. This can be done in the Manage site option. I inserted a table of 3 x 3 sizes with white border. This table is invisible. Then I inserted images into each cell. This will keep the layout constant in all browsers/screens.

How did you make your image into a link in your Photo page?

When you insert an image to a page, Google Sites automatically creates a link. Click HTML button in the Page Editor and locate <a href= Replace the original link with your desired link. Save HTML edit and then Save your page. Now if you click on that image it will launch desired link.

How your photos in Picasa are visible to everyone where as mine is visible only when I signed-in to Google account?

You have to make your Picasa album 'Public'. Pl. change this setting in your Picasa account.

Embedding

How to embed a blog into a page?

In Google Sites we can not directly embed HTML. However we can use iframe gadgets to embed any web page like blogs, maps, groups etc.,
Pl. do the following:
Edit your Google Site's page by clicking Edit Page.
Click Insert, More gadgets.
Add Gadget to your page window will pop-up.
Click Add gadget by URL
In the URL field paste or type this URL http://hosting.gmodules.com/ig/gadgets/file/108621208120033273647/my_gadgets_gs.xml
(This gadget is created by prac a helpful person in Google Sites community).
Click Add.
Now Setup your gadget window will pop-up.
In the File field paste or type your blog's URL.
Click OK.
Save your page.

How to add a map into my page?

You can add a Map in two ways. The simplest one is Click Insert, Map and customize it.
The other one is Click Insert, More Gadgets, Add gadget by URL. Use this link http://code.google.com/apis/kml/embed/embedkmlgadget.xml
Customize this gadget using your Map URL and other settings like size, zoom etc., and then Save.

Give us some info about embedding a third party forum or Google groups in Google sites similar to ‘Discuss’ page in your site.

This is the same way as you insert your blog.
Pl. do the following:
Edit your Google Site's page by clicking Edit Page.
Click Insert, More gadgets.
Add Gadget to your page window will pop-up.
Click Add gadget by URL
In the URL field paste or type this URL http://hosting.gmodules.com/ig/gadgets/file/108621208120033273647/my_gadgets_gs.xml
(This gadget is created by prac a helpful person in Google Sites community).
Click Add.
Now Setup your gadget window will pop-up.
In the File field paste or type your groups's URL.
Click OK.
Save your page.

Comments

I would like to add a comment box to my Google site allowing all visitors to leave comments without sign-in. Ho to do it?

We can add comments form and list box to receive and show all comments using Google Spreadsheet and Form. All visitors can leave comments and there is no need to sign-in as collaborators.
Pl. check this link for a detailed procedure http://www.raveen.net/comments/create

I am getting “URL not supported” error while inserting spreadsheet. How to solve it?

Pl. follow the instructions in Step 2, Slide 21 to 24 from the link http://www.raveen.net/comments/create

How do I delete unwanted comments?

You can remove unwanted comments. Each submitted comment is stored in a row on your spreadsheet. Just delete the row that has unwanted comments and save your spreadsheet.
Pl. do the following:
Log onto Google Documents. Open your spreadsheet; select a row by clicking on the row number from the row header (extreme left). Right click and click ‘Delete row’. Click File> Save & close.

Statistics

Help me to put a visitor Counter like yours in bottom of homepage.

Sign-up for a statcounter account from http://www.statcounter.com and create a new project. Enter your home page URL (example: http://sites.google.com/site/yoursitename). Then select the options such as counter color, size and get HTML code. Copy and paste this code in your site’s home page and save. (Edit your home page in Google Sites editor, click HTML button and paste the copied HTML code, Save).

How the way I can count visitors view to the one special page?

Pl. sign-in and create a new account in http://www.google.com/analytics for your site. You will get various statistical reports with very interesting data.