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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Google Custom Domain - Case Study #2

I've been working with Google Custom Domains for several weeks now, first on other peoples domains, then some on my own, and finally on more of other people. In very few cases can someone get a custom domain to work completely.

We'll take my church blog as an example here, as we did with Case Study #1. This blog has 4 aliases.

  1. http://martinezumc.blogspot.com/
  2. http://www.martinezumc.blogspot.com/
  3. http://martinezumc.org/
  4. http://www.martinezumc.org/



Current DNS settings


Simply one "CNAME" pointing to "ghs.google.com". No "A" record, as discussed in Google Custom Domain - The DNS Referral.

Let's test what we have now.
C:\>ping martinezumc.org

Pinging ghs.l.google.com [66.249.81.121] with 32 bytes of data:

Reply from 66.249.81.121: bytes=32 time=124ms TTL=244
Reply from 66.249.81.121: bytes=32 time=126ms TTL=244
Reply from 66.249.81.121: bytes=32 time=123ms TTL=244
Reply from 66.249.81.121: bytes=32 time=143ms TTL=244

Ping statistics for 66.249.81.121:
Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
Minimum = 123ms, Maximum = 143ms, Average = 129ms

C:\>ping www.martinezumc.org

Pinging ghs.l.google.com [66.249.81.121] with 32 bytes of data:

Reply from 66.249.81.121: bytes=32 time=126ms TTL=244
Reply from 66.249.81.121: bytes=32 time=124ms TTL=244
Reply from 66.249.81.121: bytes=32 time=126ms TTL=244
Reply from 66.249.81.121: bytes=32 time=122ms TTL=244

Ping statistics for 66.249.81.121:
Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
Minimum = 122ms, Maximum = 126ms, Average = 124ms


Both "martinezumc.org" and "www.martinezumc.org", verified by pinging, pointing to "ghs.google.com".


I can publish to martinezumc .org with no problem




I cannot publish to www. martinezumc .org.


And once again, the infamous
Another blog is already hosted at this address

And here, for reference, is a DNS Report for martinezumc.org.

(Edit 2/7): Blogger Employee promises us
We're working on a fix for the current problem some users experience when switching between custom domains and Blog*Spot.


(Edit 2/12): Blogger Employee understands the frustration.

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5 comments:

flo said...

Sweet, can you post here again once they've fixed it, I'll be checking this page from time to time. Thanks, you've helped me a lot to figure this mess out.

Jeff said...

good post dude ... cleared up the domain forwarding mystery for me ...now i can just sit and wait instead of trying to figure out if it was a mistake on my side or a go daddy host setting

check me out at www.netskool.blogspot.com

Sunflower said...

hello,

I have a different problem.

www.exploringblogosphere.com/ works fine, but http://exploringblogosphere.com/ doesn't work.

I ping www.exploringblogosphere.com/ successfully, but failed to ping http://exploringblogosphere.com/


I also used Godaddy. I deleted the A record and redirected to google based on your post.

what's the problem? any suggestion?

Thanks a lot!

Haunted TUNA said...

I have the same problem as u sunflower! www.hauntedtuna.com works fine, while hauntedtuna.com doesnt!

So did anyone know about it? How to solve?

Mujōkan said...

Hi there. I posted a comment on Blogger help thread http://groups.google.com/group/blogger-help-howdoi/browse_thread/thread/e3685c814eed82fb/

I'm getting a 404 error for my blogspot address (mujokan.blogspot.com), my host address (mujokan.com), and my www address (www.mujokan.com). All redirect to www.mujokan.com, which is good, but www.mujokan.com is just an error page.

I have the "www" CNAME ghs.google.com and blogspot is publishing to www.mujokan.com.

If I try to publish to just mujokan.com, I get the "monolithic error" ("another blog already...").

I get the feeling the error might be ghs.google.com not seeing my blogspot page, maybe because Google Apps is screwing things up.

Any help is appreciated.