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  1. coreyslancaster
    Member

    I have my site hosted by wordpress and I want to use gmail as my email for my domain but I can't find a way to do the steps necessary by google to verify domain ownership. Cannot figure out how to download an html file, adding the dns record isn't working, do not have analytics on there so that's not an option, and cannot figure out how to add meta tag without purchasing Add CSS. Any suggestions?

    The blog I need help with is cs2teknologies.com.

  2. This is the result of clicking your ursename link:

    coreyslancaster.wordpress.com is no longer available.
    The authors have deleted this blog.

    Please post the complete clickable URL for the blog in question starting with http://

    Did you purchase domain mapping from your wordpress.com root blog to your domain or not? http://en.support.wordpress.com/domain-mapping/

    Did you follow these instructions for verifying your blog ownership with the major search engines or not? http://en.support.wordpress.com/webmaster-tools/

    Did you set this up for your email or not? Setting Up Email with Google Apps > http://en.support.wordpress.com/domain-mapping/google-apps-email/

  3. @coreyslancaster,
    I had the same problem, and found a function in WP (which I'm looking for right now to share with you . . . but no luck yet). It allows you to add a line of text that Google needs to prove ownership. For the life of me, I can't find it. Maybe timethief knows what it is. (I'm going to check the Google help pages and will get back.)

    @timethief,
    Do you know what it is? I think it's a newer feature in WP that allows one to add a line of hidden data that Google, et al to use for verification. Speaking of gmail, though, that's as far as I've gone. I've been without my email for nearly a week and am not getting much support from WP. I've seen that you are on many of the replies to mapping/email/domain topics. Do you do support on gmail mapping to WordPress? I need some help and am getting the runaround. If not, could you point me to someone who specializes in it? Thanks.

  4. @coreyslancaster,
    I had the same problem, and found a function in WP (which I'm looking for right now to share with you . . . but no luck yet). It allows you to add a line of text that Google needs to prove ownership. For the life of me, I can't find it. Maybe timethief knows what it is. (I'm going to check the Google help pages and will get back.)

    @timethief,
    Do you know what it is? I think it's a newer feature in WP that allows one to add a line of hidden data that Google, et al to use for verification. Speaking of gmail, though, that's as far as I've gone. I've been without my email for nearly a week and am not getting much support from WP. I've seen that you are on many of the replies to mapping/email/domain topics. Do you do support on gmail mapping to WordPress? I need some help and am getting the runaround. If not, could you point me to someone who specializes in it? Thanks.

  5. @knowmorerobertmac
    (1) blog verification
    Start with this please. The instructions for verifying blog ownership are here > http://en.support.wordpress.com/webmaster-tools/
    Dashboard > (left hand column) Tools > Tools

    Open the Tools Page and paste the code in the appropriate field.

    (2) Setting Up Email with Google Apps
    I cannot provide any help beyond what the support documentation states.

  6. Found it! It's under Tools. It's called Webmaster Tools Verification and lets you add the meta key that Google needs. I did it and Google was able to verify my ownership of the domain.

    However, as I mentioned before, I haven't got much farther than that. I followed all the Google App instructions (and their forum support is great--lots of helpful advice), but am still stuck.

    Timethief, I also noticed that my icon above has changed after I made some DNS changes. I changed my gravatar back and it shows in my profile, but next to my comments here and in the bar on the top of my browser (next to My Account), it's still this weird icon. Is that not my gravatar? If not, what is it?

  7. @timethief
    1 It looks like we both found it. I hope that coreyslancaster is able to make it work.

    2 Drat! I saw that there are guided transfers. Is there something like that for emails? I've followed what the support documentation says and am still stuck. Do you know if there are any paid services that would help me with this?

  8. coreyslancaster
    Member

    Thanks guys. I actually found the webmaster tools thing after I posted this. Found it by mistake mostly though. But it's verified. It looks as though google is trying to update and so I'm waiting for the mx records to update before I can use the email with my domain. Thanks for the responses though.

  9. You're welcome. Would you be willing to contact me once you get your gmail up and running? I'm still stuck and finding no luck in getting help. Maybe you'll discover something along the way that you can share. (And if they don't allow discussions here, you can link to my site easily enough.) I'd appreciate it.

  10. @knowmorerobertmac
    I'm sorry I cannot help. :( Would you like to get help from Staff? http://en.support.wordpress.com/contact/

  11. Thanks. I've tried them . . . many times.

    Could you help with the icon image issue?

  12. Everything depends on the image you select as a gravatar. If you do not choose one the downsizes well it won't be clearly discernible. If you use a jpg image that has any transparency at all you will see a black box. If you are going to use an image that has transparency upload a png and not a jpg.
    This may help. Scroll down under the videos for best practices > http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2010/01/24/gravatar-avatar-blavatar/>

  13. Thanks, timethief, but it *is* working on my profile and a few other places. And it was working in all places before. Someone said (in some help forum) that when I changed my email address, my gravatar would change. It did, and I uploaded the same image as before.

    By the way, is there a glossary anywhere? I'd like to make certain I'm talking about the same thing as you. I know there are gravatar and other -tars. Just want to make certain we're on the same page.

    As for the email issue: I've sent perhaps six or seven queries and have got only three responses. (When I first started at WP I had a number of questions, all of which were answered within a few hours.) I'd happily pay for phone support or *anything* to solve this issue, but can't seem to get through. Other than following all the instructions to a T and contacting customer support, are there other avenues you'd recommend?

  14. There is no "glossary". The main page for support documentation is here. http://en.support.wordpress.com The search box there returns results from the docs and also from forum threads.
    This is a link to a tutorial Staff have prepared for new members.
    http://learn.wordpress.com/

    I tried Google. Did you look here? Google Apps Administrator Help
    http://www.google.com/support/a/bin/answer.py?answer=47610

  15. Thank you again for all your help. The Google Apps info is for godaddy, which seems to be different than wordpress.

    I talked to a Google Apps expert and two other savvy people, and they all think that (according to DNS records and MX searches) that my email is going to WordPress, but that it ends there. WP either doesn't know my email is there or doesn't know what to do with it, and it's bouncing with the message that the email address doesn't even exist.

    timethief, do you have an idea of how long Support should take getting back to me? It's been more than a day since their last response.

  16. Problem solved, or, more accurately, avoided.

    I gave up on finding a solution and simply re-registered my email with register.com. That gave me access to my email, which I was then able to forward to gmail and use as previously. It doesn't solve the problem--and I'm missing a week of emails--but it won't happen any more. Such a royal pain!

    It's not 100% yet--I still can't access my account directly online (it shoots me over to my site instead of my mail account), but that's a relative non-issue at this point.

    Still no help from WordPress Support (3 and a half days of no responses), but the nightmare is over. Thanks to everyone for trying to help.

  17. I'm so sorry this happened to you. At least you are in a somewhat better position than you were previously but I still feel for you. :(

  18. Thanks. I appreciate that. But I'm not at half a week and no response from WordPress. Unacceptable! Shameful, even.

    But, yes, the silver lining is I can start fresh.

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