Since Google first published its customized homepages service, later known as iGoogle, they have been constantly improving it with new tools and options. I must say I’m not very fond of these homepages – though they may be really useful for some people – but I recently discovered something that made me reconsider my position: the possibility to create your own gadgets for iGoogle, with no technical or programming skills required.
Simply open your iGoogle homepage and click on the Add stuff link on the right side of the page. You’ll enter the iGoogle Gadgets and Themes repository, from where you can access a wizard to create your own gadget.
iGoogle features several templates to get you started, each one of them specially designed to display different kinds of content: pictures, videos, text, lists and so on. Choose the one that suits your gadget-to-be best and start customizing it. The good thing is that you can preview the gadget as you work on it.
Once you’re happy with the result, click on the Create gadget button and send it to all your friends. Also, if you’re really proud of your work, you can choose to publish it to the iGoogle Gadget directory, which means it will be available for everyone to download.