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MacAllister
02-03-2006, 06:16 AM
I'm gonna have to look into hosting my own.

This is getting a little frustrating. Every time they go down, I hold my breath that everything will be there when they come back up, too.

Dawno
02-03-2006, 06:24 AM
I think you're right Mac. It's timing out on me.

kathompson
02-03-2006, 07:20 AM
::scratches head:::

I'm not having any problem. I haven't had a problem with Blogger in a very long time...

I do, however, compose all my posts in Word and save it before posting to blogger, just in case. But I'd do that for any hosting system...

If I were smart and tech oriented, I'd use Word Press on my own domain, but I'm not smart enough, apparently...

huntwriter
02-03-2006, 07:44 AM
I have been setting up a new blog, it's my third blo, all day long and had no problems with blogger.

Medievalist
02-03-2006, 08:10 AM
I'm gonna have to look into hosting my own.

This is getting a little frustrating. Every time they go down, I hold my breath that everything will be there when they come back up, too.

Mac, why not have your blogger posts on your domain? It's easy to do.

Just make a directory and sub-directory for the blog posts and archives, then fill in the form on blogger to point it there.

Dawno
02-03-2006, 09:54 AM
Perhaps we've discussed this before, elsewhere, and I can't recall it - but if one has one's own domain and could create the directory and sub-directory as you suggest, then what's the blogger form you speak of to point one's posts there? I couldn't find it but maybe I wasn't looking in the right place...

Medievalist
02-03-2006, 10:19 AM
Blogger/Settings/Publish, and the URLs for both the posts and the archives.

For instance, your server may be set up so the server path is

/home/dawno/public_html/blog/


Set it to publish via FTP or SFTP

Before you fill out the form, create a directory for the posts, and a subdirectory in that directory for the archives.

You will need to know the server path which might be something like (yours may have very different directories)

/home/dawno/public_html/blog/

but the URL would be

http://www.dawnosplace.com/blog/

and the archives would be in

/home/dawno/public_html/blog/archives/

but the archive URL would be

http://www.dawnosplace.com/blog/archives/

I'd read the little help notes on the form.

Fahim
02-03-2006, 10:42 AM
If I were smart and tech oriented, I'd use Word Press on my own domain, but I'm not smart enough, apparently...

It might be easier than you think :) Besides, if you have your own domain, your host might already provide WP as an easy installable script - especially if you have cPanel. Sometimes cPanel will come with Fantastico, otherwise it sometimes is available under the scripts section. Installing WP via Fantastico or the scripts section is pretty easy. Even the manual installation is not that hard if you want to do it ... and of course, we can help you :)

sthrnwriter
02-03-2006, 01:25 PM
Ok, I wasn't having problems with Blogger before but now I am. Anyone else still having problems with it?

MacAllister
02-03-2006, 07:04 PM
Back to normal a while after you posted, Sthrn--I managed to get the post up last night/early this morning, but had to wait til they came back up from the outtage you posted. Usually I manage to make a mental note of their planned time-outs.

I either missed it, this time, or they've had to scramble a bit. I'll wander over to the site, later, and see if they've said anything about it.

maestrowork
02-03-2006, 07:25 PM
It's easy to port blogger to your own server, then you can make your blog the front page of your portal... Medievialist has given some very good information. The reason to use Blogger, then, becomes a usability issue. Blogger is just so EASY to use. However, if you have other blog authoring methods, feel free to use it. There are blogging software out there, so you don't have to depend on an online site like Blogger.

kathompson
02-03-2006, 11:15 PM
It might be easier than you think :) Besides, if you have your own domain, your host might already provide WP as an easy installable script - especially if you have cPanel. Sometimes cPanel will come with Fantastico, otherwise it sometimes is available under the scripts section. Installing WP via Fantastico or the scripts section is pretty easy. Even the manual installation is not that hard if you want to do it ... and of course, we can help you :)

OK, my head just exploded... I have GoDaddy as my host, not sure what they offer besides more space and bandwidth than I'll ever use. I can do basic HTML, I can create and tweak a blogger template, but more than that makes me want to curl up in the corner and cry like a little girl. Compoture stuff is like math, and math is hard.

:Hammer:

sthrnwriter
02-04-2006, 05:12 AM
Back to normal a while after you posted, Sthrn--I managed to get the post up last night/early this morning, but had to wait til they came back up from the outtage you posted. Usually I manage to make a mental note of their planned time-outs.

Thanks, Mac. Usually I don't have that many problems with Blogger. When I first read this thread, Blogger was still working fine for me but a couple of hours later, it decided to give me problems.

Dawno
02-05-2006, 03:13 AM
I'm having trouble getting my page to load - anyone else?

MacAllister
02-05-2006, 03:17 AM
Yeah, Dawno, looks like it's down again. Meanwhile, how come all the links in your sig go to "tinyurl.com" extensions?

awatkins
02-05-2006, 03:19 AM
Does this happen often with Blogger? I know that lately I've been getting a lot of 'cannot find server' messages. That's where I was planning to set mine up when I get ready because I like the looks of the blogs.

Dawno
02-05-2006, 03:25 AM
Yeah, Dawno, looks like it's down again. Meanwhile, how come all the links in your sig go to "tinyurl.com" extensions?

A sig can only contain 500 characters. I couldn't fit the stuff I wanted in the sig without shrinking the size of the HTML so I created tiny urls for all the links and that worked. They still point to the right places, I hope!

MacAllister
02-05-2006, 03:40 AM
I haven't really noticed it being a problem, until the last few weeks, Anne--but I've been blogging more regularly, too. So I can't really say if the service has been buggier, or I'm just around more to notice.

Dawno said:


A sig can only contain 500 characters. I couldn't fit the stuff I wanted in the sig without shrinking the size of the HTML so I created tiny urls for all the links and that worked. They still point to the right places, I hope! Oh! that's so smart!

Dawno
02-05-2006, 03:54 AM
quidscribis is the smart one who figured out why I kept getting the 500 character error when I'd try to update my sig. I mean, it didn't look anywhere near 500 characters! After she mentioned (here (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=26010)) the thing about the HTML the rest was easy. I *lurv* tinyurl.com.

veinglory
02-05-2006, 04:24 AM
and AGAIN

grr

Dawno
02-05-2006, 05:49 AM
Yeah, grr. I even posted a nice rambly post today just for Mac. I'm going to cross post it at my old site: ohdawno.org (http://www.ohdawno.org/blog/archives/000066.html)

MacAllister
02-05-2006, 06:04 AM
http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/images/smilies/EmoteHug2.gif Awwww...

JenNipps
02-05-2006, 07:11 AM
In all honesty, I've never had problems with Blogger before. But the past few days, it has been totally nutso!! Yesterday, I put a post up and when I went to make sure it was there, there were three of them, so I deleted two. Today, it won't let me do anything and always comes up with the Cannot Display Page errors.

kathompson
02-05-2006, 08:43 AM
Blogger underwent 3 major surgeries yesterday and is still very groggy from the anesthesia today... As of 5 minutes ago it was up and running, but the chances of post op fevers are good, so it might puke a few more times before tomorrow.

SeanDSchaffer
02-05-2006, 08:47 AM
It's back up again, everyone. I'm able to visit the blogs now.

It seemed to have been down for quite a few hours, I was getting pretty upset.

http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/images/smilies/emoticoncry.gif

Dawno
02-05-2006, 09:53 AM
Blogger underwent 3 major surgeries yesterday and is still very groggy from the anesthesia today... As of 5 minutes ago it was up and running, but the chances of post op fevers are good, so it might puke a few more times before tomorrow.

Great analogy, Thumper. :)

aka eraser
02-05-2006, 11:42 PM
I've been getting the "Please repost your blog in 10 minutes" message for the last hour+. I guess it's still a tad wonky.

huntwriter
02-06-2006, 04:55 AM
That would explain a few things, like why I could not get to by blogs and post all day.

In the evening I managed to post on my fishing and hunting blog and it was fine. But the template looked all different so I spent half the night replacing it with another demplate and put all the links and stuff back into it.

Is that common with Blogger that they are so often off line?

kathompson
02-06-2006, 08:57 AM
Blogger is usually pretty stable. Outages like that have only happened 2 or 3 times since I started blogging with them in 2002...

sthrnwriter
02-06-2006, 09:39 AM
Theres a scheduled maintenance tomorrow at 7pm PST. So, hopefully, most of the problems will be fixed.