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What is a Google Web Element?
Google Web Elements consist of a series of Google products that can be added to personal websites. All elements are powered by Google's Developer APIs (Application Programmable Interface).
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Available Google Web Elements
Google Web Elements - consist of a series of Google products that can be added to personal websites. All elements are powered by Google's Developer APIs (Application Programmable Interface).
Available Google Web Elements include:
Google Calendar: a simple calendar that can keep track of important dates
Conversation Element: website visitors can post comments on the website using this tool
Custom Search: provides a search feature for the website
Google Maps: can help track a location
Google News: displays news on chosen topics
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Available Google Web Elements (cont...)
More will likely be added in the future by Google as they do enhance a user's Webpage. With Google Web Elements, users may see an increase in website visitors.
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Working with Google Web Elements
Note: All users must do to use any Google Web Element is to add or embed the desired Google product to their website. This is done by including a Google code into the webpage. The code is provided by Google, and the user simply performs a copy and paste action of the wanted element.
Google Web Elements can be obtained in 3 easy steps; here's how:
- Go to the Google Web Elements site
- Select the product of choice to include on the website
- Copy and paste the code provided by Google into the webpage
As a user might realize, it's quite simple to include Google Web Elements to his or her website. However, here are a few suggestions:
- To run a Google Web Element, ensure the right source code is placed into the web page
- Become familiar with Google APIs and Tools
- Seek help from Google's Website
- Search online blogs for other users who work with Google Web Elements for additional assistance
Here's an example of how to set up and use the Google Web Element Calendar:
- Go to Google Web Elements
- Click Calendar
- Copy and Paste the code into your webpage (see below for an example)
<!-- Google Calendar Element Code --><iframe frameborder="0" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" border="0" style="border:0;margin:0;width:300px;height:300px;" src="http://www.google.com/calendar/embed?mode=AGENDA&showTitle=0&showTabs=0&showPrint=0&showCalendars=0&wkst=1&element=true&src=usa__en%40holiday.calendar.google.com" scrolling="no" allowtransparency="true"></iframe>
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Troubleshooting Common Issues
There are a number of common issues that can be easily fixed without contacting Google developers for help.
Page not refreshing:
If news or posts are not getting updated in your webpage, then maybe your web browser is not displaying the live page but a cached version of it. Clear the cache and refresh; the page should be updated.
Custom Search gives "forbidden" error
It's probably not a code fault, but it might be your AdSense account that has been rejected for some reason.
Trouble with Maps
Incorrect displaying of maps could be due to a number of reasons. Before asking for help, there are a few steps that can be taken:
- Update DirectX
- Clear the cache of your browser
- Check the security settings of the browser
There are several known issues with the Spreadsheet and Presentations. Luckily, Google provides a "comprehensive troubleshooter" that can help sort things out.
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References and Useful Websites
Google Code and Site Directory: http://code.google.com/more/#products-products-webelements
Add Google Calendar with Gogle Web Elements: http://www.blogdoctor.me/2009/05/add-google-calendar-with-google-web.html
Introducing Google Web Elements: http://www.blogcatalog.com/search.frame.php?term=google+web+elements&id=b462a3faed5d14840c8b61819ec0661b
Add Custom Search Google Web Element: http://tips.blogdoctor.me/2009/05/add-custom-search-google-web-element.html
Google Web Elements: http://www.webteacher.ws/2009/05/30/google-web-elements/
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Google Docs: Sharing Presentations