Doing more with gadgets

Friday, March 20, 2009


Gadgets allow you to easily add dynamic content to your Google Sites web pages, and are available from the “Insert” menu when you are editing a page. Some of the more basic gadgets, like the “Recent posts” or “Recent files” gadgets give you a quick view from a central location of content being updated on other pages. Gadgets can be tools like a clock or to-do list, informative like recent news headlines or stock quotes, or even fun games or a virtual aquarium. Clicking on the “More…” option in the “Insert” menu brings up a directory of gadgets that you can check out and try on your pages. If you want to get started building your own gadgets, check out the Gadget Developers Guide.

We have also made some improvements to the way gadgets work for users of the Premier Edition of Google Apps:

  • Gadgets can be made to be private to a specific domain.
  • Gadgets will match the security and encryption level of the site.
  • There is a new start page template that lets each user personalize the gadgets that are display specifically for them.
Please check out our post on the Google Enterprise blog for more information on these updates.

Posted by Jeffrey Harris, Associate Product Manager