Posts Tagged google

Would you prefer to use Google Calendar?

Posted by on Tuesday, 6 December, 2011

All of our site instances come with a basic calendar. It’s not the greatest calendar int he world but it works well enough for those libraries that haven’t done an online calendar before. However, while working on their site Gibbon Public Library (who just went live this morning) asked if it would be possible to embed a Google Calendar instead. The answer, after a little bit of work was yes! So, if you’re interested in using Google Calendar instead of the one we’ve supplied just do the following:

  • Set up an account in Google Calendar if you haven’t already.
  • Let me know you’d like the Google Calendar plugin turned on for you site. Once I’ve done that for you…
  • Make your calendar public.
  • Copy the embed code for your calendar and paste into the HTML view of your Calendar page. (You can delete the {Calendar} code that’s already there.)
  • View your new calendar page in your Web browser. At this point you’ll probably need to return to the embed page in Google Calendar, tweak some settings (usually the width of your calendar to fit your template) and recopy the revised embed code.

As always, I’m happy to help if you need any assistance.

Get your site listed in Google

Posted by on Tuesday, 1 March, 2011

It was just pointed out to me that some of our sites are not being automatically picked up by Google. If you’re not sure, try searching for your library and see what the results look like. You might not be at the top of the list (which is where you want to be) but if you’re not in the first page or two, chances are you’re not there at all.

So, what you can do is head over to the add your URL to Google page and fill in the very short form. Basically just give them your library URL (http://libraries.ne.gov/yourtown), prove you’re human and Google will get to indexing you in the near future.

Google Translator widget now available

Posted by on Tuesday, 11 January, 2011

A few months ago Schuyler Public Library requested a way to have their patrons get translated versions of the library’s Web site. Well, several tested plugins later and the migration to WordPress 3.0 I’ve finally got something running and stable.

Introducing the Google Translate Widget. Just find it in your collection of Widgets and drop it in your sidebar. You users will then have a dropdown list of dozens of available languages to translate your site into.

I did test some other plugins that allowed you as the site owner to choose which languages were available instead of such a long list, but there were too many stability issues for any of them to be usable in our setup.

As always, if you’re looking for a feature for you site just let me know and I’ll do what I can for you.

(I’ve not actually installed this widget on this blog because I just can’t install every widget that we add to the system. Hence, just a screenshot of this one. Please keep in mind that it will look different in your theme.)