Outside Blogs - Known Issues List

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Yesterday we launched Outside Blogs beta and as expected we have discovered a few issues with the product.  I would like to use this post as a place to update all of our members with the list of known issues and their current status.

Outstanding Issues:

  • New issue - DNS rerouting does not seem to be working correctly.  We found one bug and fixed it, but that did not seem to solve the problem. This is of highest priority and we will keep you updated. (This is the reason some custom domain names are not working yet)
  • No Index tags should be placed on all sub-domain Outside Blogs.  See Bob's duplicate content post for further explanation.
  • Some changes on ActiveRain blog posts are not showing up on the Outside Blog 
  • Single sign on functionality for commenting on Outside Blogs is not always working.
  • Outside Blogs need to add an email field for commenters so that they can be notified of new comments and blog owners can contact them.
  • Email address of blog owner should not be displayed on Outside Blog (front page and about me page). Fix to include similar contact box as ActiveRain.
  • Under blog post title on Outside Blog, authors name should like to about page on Outside Blog, not back to ActiveRain.
  • Front page of outside blogs doesn't have meta-description and meta-keywords set.
  • Alternative "about me" text entry field

Resolved Issues:

  • Header Image not able to upload from Internet Explorer.  
  • Header Graphic section is suggesting that the header image should be 760x105, when the image should be 742x105.
  • Link to Localism on Outside Blog is not showing correctly.
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Rainmaker
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Cheryl Johnson
Highland Park, CA

Jon,

Here's one for the wish list:  I know you are planning to offer more theme options ... how about one with a main content column that is wide enough to accomodate a listing flyer - the kind generated by VFlyer or Real Estate Shows?

I know lots of members like to use the flyers to promote their listings ... but the main column in the outside blog just isn't quite wide enough to fix in a flyer.

Thanks.

Jul 06, 2008 12:57 AM #51
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Pam Dent
Gayle Harvey Real Estate, Inc. - Charlottesville, VA
REALTOR® - Charlottesville Virginia Homes / Horse

Jon - My domain resolved quickly as soom as I checked enable.  Thanks for the list of issues; I will be patient and wait for them to be solved.  I too will be happy when the picture problem gets worked out.  I would like my posts to look the same in both blogs.

Jul 06, 2008 12:26 PM #52
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Janice Slaven

I do posts in Publisher. The outside blog diminishes the quality. Can this be fixed? I want to do a new post using Publisher but am hesitant. really want to.

Janice Slaven

Jul 07, 2008 10:14 AM #53
Anonymous
Janice Slaven

How do we get our listing widget to the outside blog?

Jul 08, 2008 11:29 AM #54
Rainer
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Pike Porter
Castle Porter Real Estate - Burlington, VT

Other issues: postlets posted on the AR blog show fine, but the fixed width of the outside blogs cut off the right side of postlets. No ability to add alt tags to the banner and logo pictures used on the outside blogs.

 

Aug 29, 2008 02:20 AM #55
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Stanton Homes
Stanton Homes - New Home Builder - Raleigh, NC
Design/Build Custom Home Builder in North Carolina

Good afternoon -

I'm taking advantage of a holiday to try to get my outside blog up and running.  I've purchased a domain at GoDaddy, and have changed the nameserver.  But when I go to My Home and click on the Outside Blog tab, I just get this message: 

"That (stantonhomes) subdomain is reserved"

I couldn't find a reference anywhere to fix this.  If there is a post about this, please let me know!

Thanks....

Sep 01, 2008 05:55 AM #56
Rainmaker
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Connie Betz
Keller Williams Greater Omaha - Omaha, NE
Top Omaha Realtor - Omaha Homes for Sale

I'm still having trouble with my outside blog in that when I post listings (via Point2) the right side is cut off.  Is there something I can do to correct this?  I don't want to advertise my outside blog until this is fixed. Please advise.

Nov 08, 2008 09:07 AM #57
Rainmaker
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Terri Visser
Desert Sky Real Estate, LLC - Redmond, OR
CRS - 12 Years Selling Central Oregon Real Estate

Thanks Jonathan.  I know you'll have my custom domain blogs up and running soon  :~)

Nov 08, 2008 04:08 PM #58
Rainmaker
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Terri Visser
Desert Sky Real Estate, LLC - Redmond, OR
CRS - 12 Years Selling Central Oregon Real Estate

This posts explains another issue that I and at least one other member have noticed. Outside Blogs: Might Want to Check Your Recent Posts  If it's on your list it's stated in a way I didn't quite catch.

Nov 09, 2008 02:23 AM #59
Rainmaker
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Terri Visser
Desert Sky Real Estate, LLC - Redmond, OR
CRS - 12 Years Selling Central Oregon Real Estate

Any update on DNS rerouting bug?

Nov 15, 2008 06:15 AM #60
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Robert Lerner
RE/MAX Premier Properties-Allen,Frisco,McKinney,Plano home - Plano, TX
Allen ,Frisco, McKinney, Plano homes

 

 

I am fairly new to Active Rain and think this is a wonderful service.

I have a question about posts to my outside blog http://robertlerner.activerain.com

When I go back to make changes to the content of some of my earlier blogs, the changes are not being reflected on my outside blog http://robertlerner.activerain.com

Do you know why these changes are not being updated on my outside blog? Is there a glitch in the system or am I doing something wrong?

Thanks,

Robert Lerner, CRS

RE/MAX Premier Properties I

Plano, Texas

Email Robert@RobertLerner.com

 

Nov 29, 2008 03:17 AM #61
Rainmaker
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Tre Pryor
REMAX Champions - Louisville, KY
Realtor, e-PRO - Louisville

I don't want to complain but if you launched this back in June and it still has so many problems, wouldn't it be best to turn it off, get the issues resolved then launch it again?

I've submitted a trouble ticket but only received the "We know it's a problem" response. Not the best service I'm sorry to say.

Great idea though... hopefully you guys can get it all sorted out! Cheers!

-Tre

Dec 11, 2008 05:34 AM #62
Rainmaker
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Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Hi Jon. Any news on what's up with the most recent changes? Several rainers have commented today about not being able to "return home" and I cannot change my header photo, due to format changes. If there is a place to direct me to, that would be great. ~Pat

Jan 06, 2009 01:29 PM #63
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Lynn Cooper
Wilkinson & Associates - Charlotte, NC

I am confused... I am trying to understand how to effectively blog on Active Rain under my own .com.  I believe this is called an "outside blog."  However, there are no concise and easy to follow instructions.  Can anyone tell me. Also, what is the purpose of the "individual blog?"  This is offered at a monthly fee through active rain.  Is this a way to create an "Outside Blog."  And, many of the links showing on Adams Blog are outdated... and don't work.  Can anyone tell me where the "Library" is located??? And where the templates that are mentioned are located.  And, now... has this turned into a "profit center" for Active Rain, in that, do I need to purchase the "Individual Site" in order to accomplish an outside blog address... And how does localism fit in... 

Where are the most up to date instuctions???  Thanks, Lynn Cooper, Charlotte, NC

  http://activerain.com/blogsview/535622/ActiveRain-Launches-Outside-Blogs

Feb 08, 2009 03:41 AM #64
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Brad Andersohn
Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty - Fairfield, CA
ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876

Lynn - to find out more about setting up an outside blog on AR, here are a few posts that may help:

http://activerain.com/blogsview/888279/How-To-Create-an-ActiveRain-Outside-ActiveBlog-10-Easy-Steps

http://activerain.com/blogsview/900095/5-Important-Tips-Outside-Blogs

http://activerain.com/blogsview/907266/ActiveRain-Domains-and-Blogs-The-AR-Staff-LIVE-and-Uncensored

http://activerain.com/blogsview/913559/New-ActiveRain-Widgets-for-ActiveBlogs

If you still have any questions or need any assistance, feel free to click on my name below and give me a call, I'd be happy to assist you in setting up one of your own.  Thanks.  :-)

 

Feb 08, 2009 12:07 PM #65
Rainer
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Lynn Cooper
Wilkinson & Associates - Charlotte, NC

Thank you Brad!  You are wonderful!

Lynn

Feb 08, 2009 07:17 PM #66
Rainmaker
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Tom Burris
NMLS# 335055 - Baton Rouge, LA
Texas/Louisiana Mortgage Pro - 13 YRS Experience

Mine still doesnt work.

agentspaces not responding when i go to my url.

 

Jul 31, 2009 09:59 AM #67
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Bob Rodkin
Bob Rodkin Photography and Design - Toronto, ON
Photography services by former licensed Realtor

Hi Jonathan.

I read a few posts by yourself and Brad, and skimmed over the comments here, but can't seem to find what I'm after.

Is it possible to post ONLY to my outside blog? If so, is there a post you can point me to that explains how?

Thanks Jonathan. Really starting enjoy AR!

Bob

Apr 14, 2010 12:48 AM #68
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Bob Rodkin
Bob Rodkin Photography and Design - Toronto, ON
Photography services by former licensed Realtor

Hi Jonathan.

I read a few posts by yourself and Brad, and skimmed over the comments here, but can't seem to find what I'm after. Is it possible to post ONLY to my outside blog? If so, is there a post you can point me to that explains how?

Thanks Jonathan. Really starting enjoy AR! - except for the proxy/gateway errors of course :)

Bob

Apr 14, 2010 12:49 AM #69
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Patti Lyles
Century 21 Showcase, REALTORS® - Santa Cruz, CA
DIVORCE, SHORT SALE, FORECLOSURE SPECIALIST

I wish I could get this working right.  Seems like a bunch of hype if you can't get the servers thing to work.

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