Wednesday, August 20, 2008

«Master Marf Domain Name»

Take a look at your address bar in your browser; it no longer has "" in it. I'm no longer just a subdomain of blogger! My blog is now located at Even if/when I change to a different host, I own the domain name and it would be carried over. I bought the domain through I thought about doing away with the useless "www" subdomain and just be, but the DNS settings would be a little tricky with how I have it setup with blogger.

Speaking of hosting, I have this free ad-supported hosting from GoDaddy. I hate the banner ads at the top, so it looks like I'm in the market for a cheap ad-free hosting service. From what I've read, GoDaddy is great for buying domain names from, but their support and track record for their paid hosting sucks. So I want to go with a different hosting company. Any suggestions, anyone? You can leave them in the comments.

For now, I'll deal with what I have. I think I'll slowly move all my pictures from Picasa to my own domain. I have a subdomain all set for just pictures (take a look at the address in this example).

For photos, I'll lower the quality of the thumbnail (image you see embedded in the blog post) to speed up page load time, and you'll be able to see the true full-sized, high quality images Picasa never let me upload when you click to view full (that post now has the larger images, I've updated it to have the size I originally wanted).

Another example of this is the Touched By His Noodly Appendage desktop background in one of my old posts (click the image in that article to view full). I've did a few, but it will take a while longer than I initially thought. I'm starting with the oldest posts and working my way up. I figured I may as well start this now, because even when I get a different host, all the addresses will remain the same.

Oh, I forgot to say that this domain change on the blog will not force anyone to update webfeed subscriptions; it's still the same Feedburner address.


  1. Very cool. You made the jump.

  2. @ Monique: Indeed, I did. There's still a lot of work I have ahead of me before the transition is complete, but not too much of it should be noticeable to my readers.

    I'll probably be working on this until Spore comes out...

  3. Hey well done on the domain name Marf. I had thought about doing this but by now I have so many links back to my blogspot domain blog that I would lose all that lovely link juice if I changed the domain. I wish I had done it earlier.

  4. @ Bunc: Hey, nice to see you comment here again.

    I know what you mean with the links. At least any of the old links are redirected. But I don't think the old links will help much with Google...

  5. Actually the old links do help with Page Rank. Plus I still get hits to some of my older pages which had lots of links to them. I am not sure if Blogger automatically redirects such links though. My blog was PR4 last time I looked which I was pretty pleased with (not that PR really matters much one way or t'other)

  6. @ Bunc: Yeah, if you set up a custom domain in the Blogger settings, they redirect any links that point to your old * address.

    Yeah, there are so many other factors now that Page Rank doesn't matter too much.


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