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We hate Google. They can go to 404...they lost our website

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We hate Google. They can go to 404...they lost our website

Postby balzaccom » Sat Apr 11, 2020 8:55 am

When we first set up our website on Google sites, we chose that option because it allowed us to easily transfer photos from our Picasa photo pages to our website.

Then Google discontinued Picasa, and moved everything over to Google photos, which meant that all of our photo links were dead. It took us months to move them all over....grrrrr.


And then late last year Google announced that their Google Sites software was changing, and the platform we used for our website would no longer be supported. Now that's what I call customer service--what a ridiculous policy.


So we moved our entire site over to the new Google Sites platform. It's not as good for our purposed, doesn't all text wrapping for example, and it took hours and hours of time for us to move every page over.


And now Google itself can't find the new version of the site. We've talked to our domain host provider, Go-Daddy, who says that we've done everything right.


We've searched the Google help boards, which have a lot of other people with the same issue---search for us at backpackthissierra.com and you get the dreaded 404 message.


We hate Google with a passion.


So just in case you were looking for our site, you CAN still find it here, I think, if Google hasn't screwed this up too:


https://sites.google.com/site/backpackt ... authuser=0

And we'll keep working on a solution. thanks to everyone who has contacted us about the problem. Maybe send a hate mail letter to Google...
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Re: We hate Google. They can go to 404...they lost our webs

Postby Phil » Sun Apr 12, 2020 8:18 am

"Don't be evil."

You can go one of two ways when dealing with a negative-

You can rise above it, or you can become it. But a constant quest to determine new ways to monetize and control everything you endeavor takes you right back to "Money is the root of all evil", and, "Power corrupts. And absolute power corrupts, absolutely".

When "Googling" has become ubiquitous with "searching", what could possibly go wrong?

And are you now questioning why you thought that Google installing selfie stations at trailheads for users to help track the recovery from the Rim Fire was a good idea?
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Re: We hate Google. They can go to 404...they lost our webs

Postby AlmostThere » Sun Apr 12, 2020 8:25 am

I use Duck Duck Go for searches. They don't track your every keystroke. And I host elsewhere, and keep backups. Though I don't have a personal website any more.

It totally sucks that your stuff vanished - hope you can recreate it. Your page is a great resource.
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Re: We hate Google. They can go to 404...they lost our webs

Postby Phil » Sun Apr 12, 2020 8:29 am

AlmostThere wrote:It totally sucks that your stuff vanished - hope you can recreate it. Your page is a great resource.


Agree 100%! Paul's site is probably the single best resource for Sierra backpackers out there! Credit where it's definitely due.

Backup everything that matters yourself. The cloud is no substitute for your own personal resources.
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Re: We hate Google. They can go to 404...they lost our webs

Postby balzaccom » Sun Apr 12, 2020 10:59 am

Thanks for the kind words, guys. The site isn't gone--the website is still there via the other link. And I think I can get all the text off it, even if I have to reload all the photo links. But Google can't find it via the normal domain name, so nobody else can find it. I'm still hoping to get that fixed. Meanwhile, I am looking for other options to host it all....sigh
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Re: We hate Google. They can go to 404...they lost our webs

Postby balzaccom » Sat Apr 18, 2020 9:18 am

OK--Now have most of the site back up with WIX. They have been very simple and professional to deal with.

Let me know if this link doesn't work...https://www.backpackthesierra.com/home

And I will continue to add the rest of the content to that site
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Re: We hate Google. They can go to 404...they lost our webs

Postby balzaccom » Sat Apr 18, 2020 9:20 am

And my new signature line should connect there too!

Ahem...Or maybe not...
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Re: We hate Google. They can go to 404...they lost our webs

Postby balzaccom » Sat Apr 18, 2020 9:29 am

So how do I get that link to go live?
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