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How to Customize The Sidebar

I've been working on some edits for my own site (ePalmetto Global) and thought a quick tutorial on how to customize the sidebar in Google Site might be helpful.

How to Customize The Sidebar in the Bootstrap Template

It's quite simple to edit the contents of your sidebar and there is only one real limitation with it.  You can't add google gadgets to the sidebar.  It is the only place where gadgets can't be added.

Add or remove items from your sidebar

1. Site owners can add and remove items in the site sidebar by clicking the "Edit sidebar" link at the bottom of the sidebar.

2. You can edit, delete, or add new items to the sidebar. Click "Add a sidebar item".

3. In the dialog, select the type of page element you want to add.

4. The item is now added. If you want to organize the elements, you can reorder by dragging the boxes.

Change the location or width of your sidebar

1. Click "Change site layout".

2. In the dialog you can select the location of the sidebar and the width. When you are done, click "OK".

3. Click "Save changes".

4. Once your changes have been confirmed, click "Return to site".

Changing your Sidebar Appearance

1. There are many ways you can customize your sidebar. In the Manage site area, click "Colors and Fonts".

2. Scroll down to the Sidebar Gadgets section to view and modify the sidebar variables. When done click "Save changes" and navigate back to your site.


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    nice work!  There is one gadget you can add actually.  The Google+ gadget.. you'll see it in the list of items you can add.

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