Saturday, June 07, 2008

Exchanging One Custom Domain For Another

Custom domains, which give us the ability to publish a blog, hosted on a Google server (and using a Layouts template), to a non-BlogSpot URL, are great.

If we don't plan what we're doing, though, sometimes we wind up with a URL that we later decide, just won't suit our long term needs.

Like used underwear, you can't return a used custom domain name. You buy it, you're stuck with it.

Buy another domain, and move on.
  1. Publish the blog back to its original BlogSpot URL.
  2. If you have properly setup DNS addresses for your new domain, use "Advanced Settings", and setup the new domain inside Google. If not, buy a new domain, using the "Buy A Domain" wizard.
  3. If you run into the old "Another blog ..." error, recycle the domain settings using Google Apps.
  4. Done.

Easy enough, if you think about what you're doing.

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2 comments:

Ted Johnson said...

I've changed custom domains. I published back to Google & am trying to republish to the new domain. After more than 12 hours I'm still getting "We have not been able to verify your authority to this domain. Error 12."

This is the "Zone file" for the new domain & it matches the setup instructions in Google.

@ 3600 IN A 216.239.32.21
@ 3600 IN A 216.239.34.21
@ 3600 IN A 216.239.36.21
@ 3600 IN A 216.239.38.21
www 3600 IN CNAME ghs.google.com
j535uwnlqsex 3600 IN CNAME gv-oxihiivmag57ho.dv.googlehosted.com

I know that it takes a while to broadcast the changes, but it seems to me that once the zone file is correct google should be able to verify it.

Is it a problem that the old domain still points to it?

Thanks for your help!

Chuck Croll said...

Ted,

You have to verify it. by adding a verification key to the domain.

http://productforums.google.com/forum/?hl=en&fromgroups=#!category-topic/blogger/something-is-broken/snN0wJzgRmg[1-25-true]