Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The Rain is Spain has Moved!

Notice anything different?

No?

Well, that's not surprising because it's just a small change, but it's an important one.

I finally decided it was time to get this blog it's own domain name.  I'd thought about it before, but I really didn't think it was all that important, and I really didn't want to spend money on it either, because this blog is really just for fun.  But when I went to check my blog yesterday, I noticed that Blogger was redirecting it to a country-specific url, and I really didn't like it.  It's bad enough having "blogspot.com" added to the address, but "blogspot.com.es" was just too much.  Maybe it's silly, but I just don't like the look of it, or the idea behind it.  It's an easy way for Blogger to censor blog content by country, and that just doesn't sit well with me.  Not that I plan on posting anything objectionable, but still...

So, I decided to take the plunge, and splurge on my own domain.  So now, The Rain in Spain lives at rainyspain.com, instead of at rainypamplona.blogspot.com.  Much nicer, shorter, and hopefully easier to remember too.

I feel like a kid with a new toy!  Does that make me a geek, or what?

It's all very exciting (at least to me), but the switch was harder than I thought it would be, even though I took the easiest route and bought it through Blogger, since it only costs $10 a year, and hosting is free.  Not a bad deal.  Besides, they assure you that the switch will be easy, that everything is configured automatically, and that the old address will automatically redirect to the new one.  Kind of like hiring a moving company to pack up your stuff and take it over to your new house.

But you know how sometimes the movers break your stuff?

Well, that's how I felt as I spent the better part of this very appropriately rainy day trying to figure out why my blog wasn't redirecting, and at the new address all I was getting was a "Welcome to rainyspain.com" message.  There was no message from Blogger either, nothing saying the blog was in transition, or that my new address was linked in any way to my blog ...

Nothing. 

At least I wasn't alone.  I found that lots of other bloggers had the same problem.  What I couldn't find was how to fix it.  But I did finally find a thread on some random forum that shed some light on the issue.  It turned out that for some reason  Google Apps for my domain had activated the "sites" feature, so Blogger kept saying that some other blog or site was using the address and wouldn't let me add it.  As soon as I turned that feature off and manually readded the new address to Blogger, the problem was fixed.

But seriously, Blogger guys, you need to make this easier for non-tech people like me.  If you say the process is automatic, it should be automatic.  I followed your instructions exactly, and yet I've had to spend hours figuring out what the problem was, and the little information I did find wasn't very clear, and it was not on the Blogger help page, which to me is a major FAIL.

Sorry, moving makes me cranky....

 * This is just some Technorati stuff:  B7D88Q8UQWN9  Nothing interesting to see here, but you can check out some of my previous posts if you're bored.

10 comments:

  1. Hope you settle in well! I sympathise with the "better part of this very appropriately rainy day" syndrome. I spend ages trying to figure out stuff and often give up till another "rainy day". I´m sure your post will help other people with the same problem and you seem pretty darn techie to me!

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    1. Thanks, I think everything is pretty much fixed now. It is actually raining like crazy today, which is good for the plants I guess, but doesn't help make me less cranky. I don't actually mind trying to figure out techie stuff, but when Blogger says it will be easy, well, it should be!

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  2. Me parece excelente idea, realmente no cuesta caro anualmente. Yo también me lo hice hace un año.

    Eso de poner las cosas por paises también me da mucha rabia. El otro día estaba buscando una información en imdb y siempre me remitía a imdb.es y aunque yo pusiera el ".com" me salía todo traducido al español de España. Ya es bastante con que ya no se puedan ver ciertos videos de Youtube.

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    1. Pues, si quieres ir a imdb.com en vez de imdb.es, lo que tienes que hacer es poner "imdb.com/ncr" y te llevará al ".com" en vez del ".es". Funciona para todo, solo hay que poner el "/ncr" al final de cualquier dirección. Es algo que he descubierto mientras investigaba todos estos temas esta mañana.

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  3. Looks good from my end! The BIG RED BUTTON made it okay and things on my end seem to be moving faster when I visit your blog. (although that could be my computer causing that) Good old Blogger, never rely on them for help, I am still waiting for an answer to a question I had over a year ago!

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    1. I think the blog does load faster now, so that's a plus. I did actually get an answer from them, after I fixed the problem myself. They said it's a known issue, but it doesn't affect many people. Lucky me! ;)

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  4. I saw that .es thing too and wasn't too pleased, but not so unhappy as to cough up for the domain name...I think I'll wait a while longer till the sort out the technology a bit more....

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    1. Well, it was only $10 a year, so I decided it was worth it. If I had to pay for hosting I probably wouldn't have done it, since this is really just a hobby, not a business. According to the guy at Blogger that answered my question, my case is one of the rare ones where things don't work right away, but it usually does. Don't know though. At least it's fixed now, and the blog actually loads faster, so I'm pretty happy.

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  5. I haven't seen that .es (or .nl in my case) yet but I read they were going to do it, this sucks quite a lot actually, just reading the second point of Google official support page gives you an idea why they are doing this. It's basically, we move it to local domain so we can censor you easily :)

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    1. That's exactly it, censorship. And that's why I switched, not because I have anything to censor, but because of the idea behind it. They're rolling it out little by little. It seems they started with India, and it just started happening in Spain. So, I don't know how long it will take to get to Holland, but I'm sure it will.

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