Google Reader, Replaced by Google Sites in the Navigation Bar

Google Reader users probably noticed that the feed reader has been replaced by Google Sites in the main navigation bar. To visit Google Reader, they need to click “More” and then click “Reader” in the list of Google services.


Unlike the last time when Reader was replaced by Google Sites, this time is not an accident. A Google employee explained that this is a permanent change.

While the link to Reader has moved, you can continue to access Google Reader under the “More” dropdown. Or, you can also set a specific bookmark to reader.google.com for one-click access. Depending your browser, try dragging http://reader.google.com right from this post onto the bookmark bar on your browser (usually below the URL bar).

Google has usually made changes in the navigation based on the popularity of the services and it’s likely that Reader’s popularity is declining, while Google Sites gains more users. According to Google Trends, the queries [google reader] and [google sites] have almost the same search volume in the US.


Like Picasa Web Albums, Google Reader doesn’t have a new interface based on Google+. The latest features added to Google Reader were comment moderation and integration with Google Buzz, a service that will soon disappear.

{ Thanks, Cougar. }

Google Apps: Automate your workflow with Apps Scripts integration in Google Sites

You can now use Google Apps Scripts in your site to trigger events, such as sending an email or creating a Google Calendar invitation. These scripts – which are written in a JavaScript cloud scripting language – provide an easy way to automate tasks across Google products and third party services.

When editing a site, select the ‘More actions’ drop-down menu and then ‘Manage site.’ Select the ‘Apps Scripts’ tab. Select ‘Launch Editor’ to add a new script or click on the name of the Apps Script you would like to edit.

For more information:
Help Center: Using Apps Scripts in your site

Simplified sharing experience extended to Google Sites

The simplified sharing experience in Google Docs has now been extended to Google Sites. As with Google Docs, Google Sites can now be set to various visibility options such as: private, anyone at your domain with the link, anyone at your domain can find and access, anyone with the link (no sign-in required) or public on the web.

The domain administrator can set the level of sharing for the domain, so not all sharing options may be allowed. The new visibility option is always available at the top of each site.

With this update, the new “Anyone with the link” setting makes your site available to anyone that knows the unique URL, but blocks search engines from indexing the site. And for those times that someone sends you a link to a site but you don’t have access, you can now request access to that site from the access denied page.

When editing a site, select ‘More actions’ and then ‘Share site’ to see the new interface. You can also bring up the sharing dialog by clicking on the sharing visibility icon at the top of the site.


The simplified sharing experience in Google Docs has now been extended to Google Sites. As with Google Docs, Google Sites can now be set to various vWhen editing a site, select ‘More actions’ and then ‘Share site’ to see the new interface. You can also bring up the sharing dialog by clicking on the sharing visibility icon at the top of the site. isibility options such as: private, anyone at your domain with the link, anyone at your domain can find and access, anyone with the link (no sign-in required) or public on the web.

The domain administrator can set the level of sharing for the domain, so not all sharing options may be allowed. The new visibility option is always available at the top of each site.

With this update, the new “Anyone with the link” setting makes your site available to anyone that knows the unique URL, but blocks search engines from indexing the site. And for those times that someone sends you a link to a site but you don’t have access, you can now request access to that site from the access denied page.

Horizontal navigation, global footer and more in Google Sites

The following new features have been added to Google Sites:
– You can now add horizontal navigation to your site’s layout in one of three different options: boxes, tabs, and links.
– You can now set your site to have a global footer that displays across all pages on the site.
– We’ve added quick links to Google Docs embedded to Google Sites making it easier for collaborators to open embedded documents.
– We also added a “Deleted items” section to site management making it easier to get to deleted pages and attachments.

How to access what’s new:
Horizontal navigation: You can enable this in More actions > Manage site > Site layout > Change site layout. You can also set the background, link and hover properties via More actions > Manage site >Colors and Fonts.
Global footer: Set this footer via More actions > Manage site > Site layout > Change site layout.
Deleted items: You can access this new option at More actions > Manage site > Deleted items. In this new section, you can choose to recover deleted items or permanently delete them manually. Deleted items can be recovered up to 30 days after they have been deleted, after which they will be permanently removed.

For more information:
http://googledocs.blogspot.com/2010/08/horizontal-navigation-site-footer-and.html
Help Center

Apply template themes to existing sites in Google Sites

Google Sites now supports the ability to apply a site template’s theme to any existing site. This does not apply the entire template to your existing site, just the template’s theme.

Click ‘More actions’, then ‘Manage site’. Go to ‘Themes’, then select ‘Browse the theme gallery’ to choose a template’s theme.

Google Sites: Improvements to themes in Google Sites

– You now have the ability to apply a theme from the template gallery to existing sites.
– If you have made some customizations to a theme, these customizations are maintained when changing the base theme.

When editing a site, click ‘More actions’, then ‘Manage site’. In the ‘Site Appearance’ section, click on ‘Themes’ to view and preview the theme options. You can browse the public theme gallery by clicking on the ‘Browse public theme gallery’ link. If your administrator has uploaded any, you can also select domain-specific themes.

Select the new theme that you want from the gallery and preview the changes. Click ‘Save changes’ to apply the new theme to your existing site.

For more information:
http://sites.google.com/support/

More access control for viewers in Google Sites

Site owners now have the option to allow viewers of a site to also see site activity and site revisions.

Editions included:
Standard, Premier, Education, Team and Partner Editions

Languages included:
All languages supported by Google Sites

How to access what’s new:
When editing a site, select ‘More actions’ from the drop-down menu in the top right. Then select ‘Manage site’, then ‘General’ and in the ‘Access Settings’ section, select the level of access you want for collaborators or viewers for site activity and revision history. This new option is also included in the Sites API.

For more information:
http://sites.google.com/support/