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Noam Tamarkin

Google Sites - Experience in complexity

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Just a short time ago, I finished a small install in a website. The install is about integrating some commercial content for very small businesses.

Normally, that would take 10-15 minutes because it is just coping a  <iframe>  tag to the web footer or page.

That is the case until you get to Google Sites.

I am sure they designed it to be the best possible.

I am also sure that they designed it to be the most complex to manage.

Why am I saying that? If you want to do a simple thing like add a HTML tag, you do not expect to face any complexity.

In order to add <iframe> Google will force you to use a Gadget.

So, these are the steps:

1.       You need to learn what a Google gadget  is (30 min).

2.       You need to understand how to use it (10 min).

3.       After you find out there is a Gadget for <iframe>, you need to learn how to install it. (5 min).

4.       When you install it, you choose out of few Gadgets that offer you <iframe>  (1 min).

5.       After the first one does not work properly, you need to find the one that does.
(30 min)

All the above (76 min) instead of just "Copy+Paste+Save."

 By the way, they do not allow you to add Gadgets in the footer. That meant for me additional 20 min to add the Gadget in all the pages.

Can someone from Google comment on that?

See you,


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Noam Tamarkin

Senior software architect and CTO. Experience in solution design and implementation. Holds the ability to understand complex business processes and translate them to technology. Expert in Enterprise applications, integration, SOA, SaaS. Experienced in project management, technical infrastructure, procurement and manufacturing.


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