Add Google Friend Connect to your SynthaSite

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We're pleased to announce that you can now use Google Friend Connect with your SynthaSite!

Google Friend Connect is a service that allows you to create social features for your site by allowing people to sign up and become members, right on your site! People can join with their Google, Yahoo, AIM or OpenID accounts, and interact on your site, by inviting friends, posting media or making comments. For more information, click here: http://www.google.com/friendconnect/a....

Please note that in order to use this feature on your site, your site needs to be published first. If your site is not published yet, please see our tutorial: (http://www.synthasite.com/tutorials/p....

Adding Google Friend Connect to your SynthaSite website is easy! Here are the steps:
1) Go to http://www.google.com/friendconnect/a...
2) Click the big blue button that says "Set Up a New Site"
3) You will be taken to an Overview page. Familiarize yourself with it, and then click "continue" to follow Google Friend Connect's 4-step setup process.

Step 1: On the next page you will see two boxes where you need to fill in:
1.1) Your site name: This is the name you gave your site when you created it and the default heading that appears on all your pages.
1.2) Your home URL: This is the address of your homepage. Your home URL is the domain name you used to publish your site, followed by: /index.php
Fill in these boxes. When you are done, click continue

Step 2: The next page asks you to download two files. PLEASE IGNORE THIS STEP! We have already done this for you. Simply click "continue"

Step 3: You will be taken to a page to test your set up. Simply click the "test to finalize set up" button. Google will use the URL you submitted to look for the two files, which we have already added to your site on your behalf.
When you do Step 3: "Test your setup", you should see the following message at the top of the Google page: "Your changes have been saved". That means that Google has successfully detected the two required files.

Step 4: On the next page you will be able to configure and customize your Google Friend Connect Members' Gadget and preview what it will look like. When you are happy with it, click "generate code" and copy all of the HTML embed code Google provides to your computer clipboard.

Now you need to go back to your SynthaSite to install the widget. Don't worry - we're almost done!

1) In SynthaSite, drag and drop an HTML widget onto your page. This is located in the Properties sidebar on the right of your screen, directly below the Two Column Layout widget. A dialog box will open up. Paste the code into this box and then click "ok"!
2) Click the yellow "Update My Site" button.

When adding a Members Gadget to your SynthaSite page, the gadget will not show up properly until you update (republish) your site. While you are editing or previewing your site, Google cannot match your site address to display the gadget. Do not be alarmed if you see an error message before you publish, such as: "We're sorry... This gadget is configured incorrectly. ...". Just click "Update my Site" and the gadget should appear correctly configured.

That's it! Your site is now verified with Google Friend Connect and you can start using this great new feature to grow a community on your very own website!"
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SynthaSite FAQ

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  • so excited!

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mussie

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Terrific!
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db061995

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thank u so much
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Leighton

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Cool.

Leighton(L8on)
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pat

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I tried it and it does not work for me: http://chanezon.synthasite.com/
It seems like http://chanezon.synthasite.com/canvas... is missing

P@
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Marije, Official Rep

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Hi pat - I've just tested it on one of my own sites and it definitely works! Can you try following the steps above again and republishing your site to make sure that it appears. If it doesn't work for you, could you post your URL so that we can take a look?
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pittan

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Long live synthasite. You becoming the best with every new feature.
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pittan

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I have done it and it works find. All I need now are people to join my site.
Anyone interested please go to :
http://webinfocentre.synthasite.com
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Connor McCarra, Champion

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I really like it but????....I want to have the sign out button at the top right hand corner of every page but synthasite restricts this. At some stage can you's loosen up on the page restrictions, please!
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Ernst Weinert

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Hi all
it looks like it still needs a lot of work

still I am on your site
Ernst Weinert from Cape Town
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Ruth

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Would you mind sharing what you feel is the biggest difficulty you are facing with Google Friend Connect?
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Connor McCarra, Champion

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i'mjust waiting for it to be developed more.
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Ernst Weinert

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Hi Ruth

after installing friends my Browser firefox did not show any
more pic on my web fixed it by deleting all history cache and so
on what now?
kind regards Ernst Weinert
http://www.southafricangeographic.com/
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Ruth

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Ernst,

Could you log in to your account then click on the Help button in the top right hand corner and on "contact support".

Please fill in the form with as much detail about the problem as possible and send it to us. That will give us more information about the problem, so that we can help you.
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Ernst Weinert

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Hi all !

It looks like my Friend connect is working thanks to Ruth
from synthasite . But it seems to me that the profile pictures
are a bit too small? Check it out I have reserved a whole page
for friends!
http://www.southafricangeographic.com/
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Kershnee

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Hi Ernst,

Your site looks great - well done!! The profile picture's on Google Friend are just thumbnail images they are meant to be that size.
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Ernst Weinert

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Hi all!

It would be nice if Google friends had a site
where Google friend’s supporters could interact
and maybe even exchange friends, so the sites could
grow quicker
Regards, Ernst
http://www.southafricangeographic.com/
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Ernst Weinert

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Hi all !
Why are you removing links?
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Monique, VP of Customer Support

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I am not sure - that depends what the link was. I didn't remove it so I am trying to find out myself. I will let you know if the removal was requested by anyone on our side.
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Claire Quilty

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Hello, Ernst. I am the community manager for Get Satisfaction, and our system removed those links. Other community members flagged your replies as "crass commercialism" in our system, and we often take links out that are flagged as such. My apologies if this seems heavy-handed. I would be happy to restore those links as a show of good faith. Please let me know the link, and I will put it back in all of your replies. Thank you for your patience, and I hope you can accept my apology.
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Ernst Weinert

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Hi Eric!
this is my link that was removed by your System
I still don't know why? Maybe I should keep a bit
more quiet
Kind Regards Ernst Weinert
http://www.southafricangeographic.com/
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Claire Quilty

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No, that's fine. I think we just misunderstood by not seeing a synthasite URL. We'll try to be more careful in the future. I've added your links back in your previous replies, and feel free to keep adding them. Thanks again for your patience.
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Peter

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How many Yola sites have GFC implemented?
It would be an interesting survey?
If you'd like to add your site address here
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Ernst Weinert

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I have only six , my idea always was to exchange sites with other Yola sites
this would all make us much more stronger regarding page impression and so on
Regards Ernst Weinert http://www.southafricangeographic.com/
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dats what appeared it doesnt work i tried it several times n it says ------->

We're sorry...

This gadget is configured incorrectly. Webmaster hint: Please ensure that "Friend Connect Settings - Home URL" matches the URL of this site.
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maryem

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http://localovetota.yolasite.com dats my new site didnt finish it yet but still not workin..........
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Peter

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Hi mareym,
Do you get this message at the end of the configuration?

This tricked me as well. It can't connect to the GFC network when it's in the builder mode. Just ignore that erro and save and update. Then see if you can connect. I suspect that you will.

Just to go back a bit, you do not have to upload any files from Google. These are already uploaded for you by Yola. That step can be a bit confusing.

Get back to me if you like when you're connected and I will trial a link for you to see how it looks.

Goodluck. i think you are fine.
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maryem

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aw ya u r right :D n u nw i wanna c how it looks
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Peter

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Are you connected Maryem?
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maryem

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ya
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Peter

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maryem. What is your website address?
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maryem

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check it nw i updated it
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maryem

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Peter

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Ok Maryem. You now need to put a social gadget to allow people to communicate through their GFC. There are a few of these.

if you have a look at:
http://www.google.com/friendconnect/a...

And select something that looks OK. Follow the instructions.
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maryem

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i already did check it out thx for ur help :)
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Ernst Weinert

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Hi all !
It looks like the Google friend idea is slowly working.
meet me on my site to Google Friends
Regards Ernst
http://www.southafricangeographic.com/
http://www.southafricangeographic.syn...
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Peter

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I am seeing the same Ernst. There's movement with the numbers. For me started about three weeks ago.
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Ernst Weinert

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Hi Peter!
How do I motivate people to join
my Google Friend connect site?
Imagine the exposure we would have
to exchange friends and sites .
Regards , Ernst
http://www.southafricangeographic.com/
http://southafricangeographic.synthas...