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3/6/09
Original Poster
cafecumberland

Custom gadgets in the sidebar

I use a sidebar text gadget to provide a list of links to separate but related Google Sites across the enterprise. Each site represented in this list of links also has the text gadget in its sidebar. Whenever I want to change this list of links, I have to make the change on like 40+ sites. 

I've created a navigation gadget which I would love to drop into the sidebar. This would allow me to just update one html file and the changes would propagate across all sites. However, Google allows only a small number of preapproved gadgets.

Is there currently or will I ever have the ability to put other kinds of gadgets into the sidebar to help me with this problem? 
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Steegle
3/6/09
Steegle
Sorry, you cannot add your own gadgets to the sidebar, but you can to anywhere on the page, so you may want to think about removing the sidebar and just adding the gadget directly to your page?
3/7/09
Original Poster
cafecumberland
The navigational element applies to hundreds and hundreds of pages so putting it on every page is not a reasonable approach.
Google user
4/18/09
Google user
I am trying to do something like this as well, would love home hints on how.

We have a site for each department in the company, and I am looking for a place to update that list on each site in one place, rather than having to go to each individual site and cut/paste HTML.

Maybe custom gadgets aren't possible but a "domain wide" addition to the side bar rather than site wide would be very useful.

Either that or address group/page permissions so I can make it all one site and allow people to edit different sections :)
Charles Rosendahl
7/11/10
Charles Rosendahl
unfortunately I am finding that there are some limitations within sites that make it somewhat inflexible as a tool for most businesses, such as the inability to have complete control over the navigational elements of the site structure.

It would be nice if sites simply allowed for a text box that didn't wipe or rewrite the object tags and html.
Steegle
7/13/10
Steegle
"such as the inability to have complete control over the navigational elements of the site structure"
You can make your own navigation, so I'm not sure what you mean: can you give a specific example of what you can't do?

"It would be nice if sites simply allowed for a text box that didn't wipe or rewrite the object tags and html."
Have you tried the sidebar text box?  The only tags it will remove are the ones not allowed by sites (forms, object, embed, script, style etc) but I'm not sure why you would need any of those for your navigation.

If you can give the specific problems you're trying to overcome we may be able to provide solutions. 
pjumpod
10/11/10
pjumpod
I want to add "like box" from facebook in the below of the navigator in the sidebar,
It can be helpful my website to get a fan, and all fans will get the update automatic when I put new update.
 
Can Google help on this?
 
and I found the blogger has the useful gatget more than sites.google, I don't know why both of them are google but I don't know why it is difference for the gadget, I know blogger is the blog and sites is for website but I need to share some gadget from blogger in sites.
 
how can I do?
Steegle
10/11/10
Steegle
@pjumpod
At the moment you cannot add gadgets to the sidebar in Google Sites.  The difference between Blogger and Google SItes is that a Google Site is always available on a google.com domain, so restrictions are put in place to protect visitors.
solbeam
11/29/10
solbeam
I'm going to have to agree that I feel REALLY stunted by the fact that I can't embed a Facebook iframe for even embed a vimeo or youtube video in the side nav bar. In this age of social media - these are real and absolute needs of any professional site.
Google user
1/2/11
Google user
I wanted to do the same as @pjumpod. :-(
 
Why is it that Google has functionality to do something on one of its sites, yet hasn't on another? Sorry Steegle but I cannot work out your reasoning that "Google SItes is that a Google Site is always available on a google.com domain, so restrictions are put in place to protect visitors."
 
Personally, I think the real reason is that Google has been on a buying spree of sites like blogger, Youtube etc. and now is in the embarressing situation that some of its portfolio of sites has functionality that others dont. The old phrase about biting off more than you can chew comes to mind :-)
Steegle
1/3/11
Steegle
@ExVectis
Sorry Steegle but I cannot work out your reasoning..."

Some firewalls and anti-virus software automatically trust things from Google, so they would not block malicious content, hence the restriction.
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WebBldr
2/21/13
WebBldr
@ cafecumberland The problem you are having tying multiple sites together into one big site would be solved if Google offered sub-sites. I am trying to build an intranet, to replace a SharePoint intranet site, that offers a separate site for each department in our company. I have to make them look like they are all one site through complex linking that needs to be added to each site one at a time. If I could build one site with sub-sites for each department, the built in navigation would work and easily be added by using a template. I can't see why Google doesn't realize that sub-sites are necessary.
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