Widgetfinger: Versioning and Google Apps Support (or, how I learned to stop worrying and love Google Apps)

Chad Pytel

We’ve rolled out a few updates to Widgetfinger, our simple content management system for simple websites, and we wanted to tell you about them.

Content Versioning

The biggest change is that you can now review and compare past revisions to your content.


The special treat here is that we’ve actually been tracking every change since Widgetfinger launched last year. When building Widgetfinger, we realized after we started work on the Revisions functionality that it shouldn’t be a feature for v1. Since most of the code was in place, well tested, and functioning, we decided to leave it in place so that when the revisions functionality came back up to the top of the priority list, we’d roll it out with access to all prior revisions.

Support for Google Apps

The other new feature we’ve rolled out is built-in support for Google Apps when using Widgetfinger DNS.

Widgetfinger is meant to take over responsibility for the hosting of your simple brochure type website, and that includes Web Pages, DNS, and Email. We’ve had some requests to use Google Apps instead of the built in email hosting, and we’re now happy to oblige. Enabling this for your site is as easy a signing up for Google Apps and checking a checkbox in Widgetfinger, and providing the ‘finger with your Google Apps verification code.


Doing so will cause the proper DNS entries to be created to fully support Google Apps for email, calendar, and the other Google Apps services. For more information on how to set this up, see the Widgetfinger help section on it.

Let us know if you have any thoughts about this or any other Widgetfinger features, we love to hear from you. If you’ve never tried Widgetfinger before, we encourage you to give it a shot, and let us know what you think.