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Diagnosing Problems With Custom Domains - Case Study #7

Google Apps, which I originally identified in my second custom domain case study, and later in a separate article, Custom Domain Publishing, And Google Apps, is what I shall call a Web Services Aggregator. Google Apps gives us the ability to combine a Blogger blog using a non-BlogSpot URL in a domain with other Google and non-Google services.

Google Apps is not the only web services aggregator that we have identifed recently. Yahoo provides a similar setup.

Let's look at a Yahoo Web Services setup, using a hypothetical domain, "" (name changed here to protect the unfortunate).

First, let's dig the DNS records for the primary domain "".

; IN A

;; ANSWER SECTION: 1200 IN A 1200 IN A 1200 IN A 1200 IN A 1200 IN A 1200 IN A ( -

Next, the "www" alias "".

; IN A


You'll have no problem with publishing to "", as the primary URL for "". I don't think that Yahoo Web Services provides an option to "Redirect to", though.

Yahoo provides 6 servers, in contrast to 3 provided by Google. To date, nobody has succeeded in configuring the 6 Yahoo servers to address anything but Yahoo content. This makes Yahoo Web Services useless for using the primary domain in a Google Custom Domain.

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