Saturday, 4 February 2012

We Have Moved! (and the boxes are being unpacked)


My blog has moved to

I am so pleased you decided to follow me here and hope you will switch and follow me there!

I look forward to you joining in the conversation.

While you are there why not add your site to our unofficial google sites directory x

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Chat To Clients While They Browse Your Website - It Doesn't Get Much Better Than That!

Wouldn't it be great for potential new clients to be able to contact you immediately if you are online the same time as them?

Get a skype button, they can easily be used on your google site, blog or even in your email signature to let other people contact you easily.

1) Navigate to this website:

Enter your skype name > Select the button you would like to use. I am using a button which shows my skype status.

Click in the web html code box and copy the code that has been automatically generated.

Now navigate to the page on your website where you would like you skype status button to appear.

Click on edit page > Insert > More gadgets > Featured > Embed gadget > Paste in your html code

Customise the gadget in the following way:

Untick include border around gadget > Untick display title on gadget > Change the width to 150 and the height 60

Finally, click ok, save and enjoy your skype button!!

See mine working here! -

Also add your google site to the new google sites directory, or check out some of the sites for inspiration.

Take care and I'll blog again very soon. As always if you have any questions or would like a topic exploring let me know!
B x
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Saturday, 5 March 2011

How To - Magic Tables! Get Lined Up And Look Pro!

Happy Saturday Everyone!

Well I have lots of memories of help needed on how to line up text and pictures and sometimes clicking on an image and selecting "wrap on" is not good enough when designing your google site.

Perhaps you want to add some thumb nails of pictures with a description underneath, or,  maybe you want to create a four column look like Perfect Square Solutions' site which will brilliantly advertise your services.

To create the effect choose a one column area within your pages.

Now, click on Insert > Table - then select the size you require, in this instance select two rows and four columns like this:

Click in each cell columns and add text and pictures. I would recommend your pictures should be around the same size, your pictures should also be centralised. How you have them is up to you, have a play!

Text looks good lined up to the left as have done and so has my example which is looking something like this now, is yours?

Albeit a little tricky keep clicking around the bottom right hand corner of each cell at the top of your table until you select each cell, then stretch it by dragging it a little to the right to fill out the space, do this for each cell until the whole of the one column width is filled out and all the cells are equal in size.

Make sure you are 100% happy with the look of your table and position of your pictures and text. Get out your magic wand as we are going to erase those harsh black borders of the table!

With a sprinkle of fairy dust on your computer > Click on HTML in your page editor.

Delete ONLY the <TABLE> line of the table html. Remember your text may be a little different to mine but it will always begin with <TABLE

Click update, then watch as you admire those ugly lines disappear ans your site tranforms to the fairest of them all!

Now remember to save your page, tweek if required then sit back and admire your handy work. I promise you the next time you do this you will be a pro magician!

Here are a two more examples where those abracadabra tables have been used:

This Uses Two Tables, Each Consisting Of Two Rows And Three Columns

The Original Inspiration - Perfect Square Solutions Four Column Style Home Page

I look forward to hearing your comments.

Check out my websites and let me know if you would like a 'how to' on any of the effects I have created by clicking here.
Speak soon!

Saturday, 26 February 2011

How To - Add Social Media Buttons Including Facebook Like To Your Google Site

Hello, I'm Becky and welcome to my first blog.

Using social media buttons to share your site or content is easy and expected by your visitors.

Social buttons or icons facilitate the sharing of your site, content or blog and are now a linchpin of social media. It’s not enough to simply produce content these days. Your fans (hooray for them!) want a gizmo (I prefer gizmo to gadget) in place to allow them to share what they have read or seen with their family, friends and colleagues on Facebook, Twitter etc. Lucky for us there are some great tools out there.

Next I have featured my top 3.

1. AddThis is my favourite. All you have to do is join, and it's free! However it does not work on google sites. All is not lost as good news! The amazing guys at AddThis have provided us with a google sites gadget. Go to your site, hit edit page and place your cursor where you want your social media buttons. Click on insert then more gadgets, in the search box type addthis6 and add the gadget (height 32 pixels width 180 pixels). Check it out working on this home page
You can customise the gizmo when you select it such as changing the background colour or even which buttons you want to display.

2. Sharethis is another great option. It is very useful, they have a powerful market place and can reach 400+ million people or 50 social media channels! Albeit brilliant if you can access your html but yet again it does not work for google sites. I like to fight the good fight so I have emailed them asking for a google sites gadget.

3. If you don't want a gizmo you can simply insert an image on your site and link it to your facebook group page or to your tweets etc.

You can get your hands on a list of free, creative social buttons from Open Source Hunter. There are 128 to choose from, but, remember they are for you to link yourself. Check out the twitter and facebook buttons working on this site's home page:
If you literally only care about who likes your site grab a code from the facebook developers.

I hope that this has inspired you to add social media buttons to your site/blog etc.

Becky x

PS: What is your favourite social media site? Need some help? Visit