Hello freens. I purchased bossylobster.com from 1&1
recently with the intent of hosting it on Google App Engine. I soon
found out how delightful this process is. I made a
0.1 version for my
site at bossylobster.appspot.com and
decided to launch by clicking Add Domain in the Application Settings.
After clicking this I was greeted with a note:
You must sign up for Google Apps to register this domain or prove that you already own it.
Great, so now I had to sign up for Google Apps. (As a side note, at the time this seemed an unnecessary, annoying wrinkle to add my App, but I now realize the integration with GMail, Calendar, Docs, etc. is fantastic.)
So here is my ish: prove that you already own it.
Yesterday morning, I spent several hours trying to verify ownership of bossylobster.com (which I had purchased a week prior). While I realize the DNS propagation process takes some time, I didn't want to try one method, wait 24 hours and then realize at that point it hadn't worked.
So, Google Apps gives four options on how to verify:
- Create a TXT record
- Upload an HTML file to a specific path on your site
- Add a
<meta>tag to your home page
- Verify using your Google Analytics tracking code
Well, since I hadn't set my website up, the last three options were off limits to me (or so I thought). I had a bare minimum package from 1&1, so hosting was pretty much off limits. Apparently I picked one of the inept domain hosts because they don't support creation of a CNAME TXT record!! A quick Google search reveals
Yes, we do understand what an SPF record is. Unfortunately we do not support in on our hosting plans. We apologize for any inconvenience.
So here I am back to square one, just trying to prove I own something, an inherently basic task made incredibly frustrating. Hopefully I can help people avoid some frustration with the following instructions.
- Open terminal and change into the directory with code for bossylobster (your site).
Create a Django project in that directory via the command
[sudo] django-admin.py startproject bossylobster_django.
(If you don't have Django or you are using Windows, read these install instructions, but DON'T SET UP A DATABASE, not necessary here. For a more detailed tutorial see this page. Also note,
startprojectis the function name in the
bossylobster_djangocan be replaced with your project name. 1. Change the file
from django.conf.urls.defaults import patterns from django.conf.urls.defaults import url urlpatterns = patterns('', url(r'^$', 'bossylobster_django.views.index', name='home'), )
Change the file
from django.http import HttpResponse def index(request): content = '\n'.join([ '<html>', ' <head>', ' <meta name="google-site-verification" content="XXXX" />', ' </head>', ' <body>', ' Hello world!', ' </body>', ' </html>', ]) return HttpResponse(content)
XXXXshould be replaced by the content value provided by Google.
Determine your internal IP address for use in step 6
Determine your router's (external) IP address for use in step 7
bossylobster_djangodirectory (or whatever you called it), run the server via
[sudo] python manage.py runserver 192.168.XX.YY:80
192.168.XX.YYis the IP you found in 6b.
Check to see if your change has propagated to DNS servers worldwide (wait until it has)
Upon propagation, login to Google Apps and verify via the meta tag