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Hack 112. Get a (Google) Site

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alreadyhaveadomain,youwillberequiredtoenteritinthe

leftfield,asshowninFigure10-50;ifyoudon'thaveadomain

yet,switchtotherighthandtabbyclicking"Iwanttobuya

domainname"orgetadomainnameelsewhere(querying

Googlewebsearchfor"domain","getdomain","hosting",

"domainhosting",orsimilarreturnssomeoftheavailable

providers).

Step1of3forsettingupaGoogleAppsaccount



Afteryou'veenteredyourdomainintotheform—Ientered

"blogoscoped.com"backinFigure10-50—clicktheGetStarted

button,andcompletetheregistrationformthatfollows,as

showninFigure10-51.Anotherformfollowsrequestingyouto

provideanadministratorusernameandpassword,andto

accepttheTermsandConditions.Ifyoudo,click"Iaccept."

YouwillnowbeforwardedtoyourGoogleAppsdashboard,as

showninFigure10-52,andit'stimetoverifythatyouare

indeedthedomainowner.Click"Verifydomainownership"to

choosefromtheavailablemethodstodoso.Inmycase,I'm

picking"UploadanHTMLfile"fromthecombobox;Googlenow

handsmeaverificationcode,whichI'mpastinganywhereinto

anewfilenamedgooglehostedservice.html.I'mthenuploading

thatfiletotherootofhttp://blogoscoped.com(pleaseconsult

yourwebhostsupportifyou'reunsurehowtouploadthisfileto

yourserver'sdocumentroot).Afteryoustarttheverificationby

hittingtheVerifybutton,Googlewillalertyouthatitmaytake



48hourstocomplete.



Step2ofprovidingyourinformationforGoogleApps



YourGoogleAppsdashboard,alaunchpadtomanagethe

GoogleAppsofferingslikeGoogleDocs,Calendar,Chat,

andGoogleSites



Fromthedashboard,youcannowaddservicestoyourGoogle

Apps,orcustomizetheexistingones.Forinstance,Ieditedthe

logofontcolorsofthecustomiGooglepage(whichinthiscase

islocatedathttp://partnerpage.google.com/blogoscoped.com),

asshowninFigure10-53.



NOTE

Ifyoucanfullyadministeryourserver,youcanchange

thedomainthatusersvisittogettotheiriGooglestart

page.You'llneedtocreatewhatiscalledaCNAME

record,andwhichisfurtherexplainedat

http://google.com/support/a/bin/answer.py?

answer=47283.

AcustomiGooglehomepageforGoogleAppsusers



SettingUpYourGoogleSite

OnceyousetupyourGoogleAppsaccount,youwillfindyour

GoogleSiteshomepageat

http://sites.google.com/a/example.com(replaceexample.com

withyouractualdomain).Duringyourfirstvisit,clickthe

CreateaSitebutton.Provideyoursitename,categories,asite

description,atheme,andmore.

Therearemanytypesofsitesyoucancreate,likethehomeof

alocalbookreadingclub,astartpageforyourcompany's

intranet,thehomepagetoasoftwareproject,orapage

containingyourbiography,resume,andpictures.Sitescanbe

editedbyateam,orbyasingleperson;theycanbemade

public,orinvite-only.TakealookatGoogle'ssampleproject,

"Mrs.Richau'sClassroom,"at

http://sites.google.com/a/googleclassrooms.org/mrsrichau/Home,togetanideaofwhat'spossiblewithGoogle

Sites.

AsshowninFigure10-54,I'mcreatingasamplesitenamed

"Joey'sJavaScriptTutorials,"offeringcodedownloads,tutorials,

andhelpfulpointers.ClickCreateSiteandyouwillbedropped

onyournewsite'shomepage.Outsidevisitorswillseeanormal

website,butasyouareloggedinasadministrator,youwillnow



seespecialbuttonsprintedonthepagesforeditingpages,

creatingnewpages,oraccessingspecialfeatures,asshownin

Figure10-55.Whenyoucreateanewpage,youareableto

choosebetweenavarietyofpagetypesandsubtypes;for

instance,youcancreateaListnamed"OverviewofAll

JavaScriptFunctions"andthensetupthesubtype"Custom

List"(seeFigure10-56).YoucanalsoclickSiteSettingsontop

toadjustglobalconfigurationsanytime,likeyoursite'soverall

layout.



SettingupanewGoogleSitessite



ClickingtheEditbuttontakesyouintoaWYSIWYG

editingmodeforthegivenpage





Acustomlistpagestartscollectinginformationon

JavaScriptfunctions.Anattachment(alert.rar)was

addedaswell.



Hack113.TurnYourBlogIntoaBook

Thedigitalworldisgreatforquickandtimelyinfo,butyou

mightwanttoproducesomethingoflongervaluethatyoucan

alsophysicallypasson.

Haveyouaddednewpoststoyourblogataregularbasisover

monthsoryears,perhapsevenonasinglecontinuoustopic?If

so,youmightwanttoconsiderturningyourblogintoabook.

I'mnotreferringtoanebook,either—thoughthat'sapossibility

aswell—butanactualprintedbook.Thiscanmakeagreatgift,

anditmayalsoearnyousomesparechange(ormore)in

commissions.

Awhileago,aservicecalledBlogBindersallowedyoutoturn

yourGoogleBlogspotblogsemi-automaticallyintoabook.I

wasabletouseitmyselfwhiletheservicelasted,but

unfortunatelythecompanyhasgoneoutofbusinessnowand

closedshop.Butthere'sanotherserviceavailablethatcan

achievethesamegoal:Lulu.com.Ifyouvisitthesite,shownin

Figure10-57,youwilllearnthatitallowsyoutocreateandsell

yourcontentaspaperbackbooks,hardcoverbooks,photo

books,brochures,calendars,posters,andmore.

PrintonDemand—HowLulu.comWorks

Here'showLuluworks.Youhavecontentinadigitalformatto

whichyouownthecopyright.Youcannowregisterwiththesite

anduploadyourdocumentasaWorddocument,oranother

acceptedformat.YourfilewillbeconvertedtoPDF,whichyou

cancheckforlayoutconsistency.Ifyouapprovethechange,

youcanstartsellingthebookthroughthesite.Itwillbeprinted

ondemand,andforeverysuccessfulorder,youwillgeta

commissionbasedonthepriceyoudeterminetosetyourself

(thoughbasecostsaswellasLulu'scommissionwillbe

subtracted).

Additionally,youcanbuyanadvanceddistributionpackageat

Lulu.ThiswillgetyourbookanISBN,thebarcodeshownon



bookssoldatbookstoresthatrepresentstheInternational

StandardBookNumber.Plus,thebookwillthenbeaddedto

Amazon.comandavailabletootherdistributors.



TheLuluhomepage



TheTechnicalStepsfortheBlog-to-BookConversion

IftheLulu.comprinciplesoundseasy,indeeditisrelatively

easy;however,preparingthecontenttobeintherightformat

forconvertingittoaLulubookcanberatherchallenging.Inmy

experience,unlessyouknowhowtoproducepicture-perfect

PDFfilesyourselfusingprofessionaltools,preparingthecontent

worksbestifyou'reworkingwithanEnglishversionofMicrosoft

Word.Unfortunately,duetothenatureofLulu.com,Ifound

thatcompetingproductslikeOpenOffice.org(andevennonEnglishversionsofMicrosoftWord)canbringwiththem

conversionheadachesatalaterpoint.Luluoffersyoubook

templatestostartwith;givethematry.Youmayalsowantto

givedoingthiswithGoogleDocsashot,though[Hack#1].

Ifyousettledforawordprocessorwhoseoutputworkswith

Lulu,it'stimetogoaboutimportingyourblog.Oneofthebest

approachesforthisistoidentifywhichblogpostsoughtto

makeitintoyourbookbyfindingthosethathavealongershelf



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