I transitioned this blog to a custom domain and even as I reveled in the joy that followed, I noticed that Google did a pretty cool job of it.
But today, I noticed also, that my blogroll (which I call My e-reading list here in the footer) has gone. Vanished. So, I rushed to the “layouts” to see if all the info was actually there in the gadget – only to find “no links yet” and inviting me to add some. Damn! What do I do now? I wish I had at least taken a screen shot of the list. Okay – so I can retrieve most of them from my email subscription list and the “blogs I follow” list. Still – Phew!.
Okay – so it makes sense. But I didn’t realize the move would knock off page elements. So dear friends, if you too are moving to a custom domain, even if it is via easy Google/Blogger interface, the first step when starting is to remember to go to settings before you make the switch and:
- Save everything.
- Save the template.
- Export your blog to an xml file.
- You’ll still have to save all your gadget info, individually because the xml file does not capture those additional page elements.
- Take notes about everything you need to do.
- Make a list
- Browse the help forums – there’s a wealth of info out there. My personal favorite is The Real Blogger Status – Chuck’s notes are concise and to the point about various blogger-related topics
Moving to a custom domain is just like moving house. You gotta tell everyone your new address even if the “postman” has been informed about the address redirect. 🙂 So, boring though the cliche must sound like: look before you leap.
We live, and we learn. Sometimes happily ever after. Maybe it is time for a little housekeeping.
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