Google AppEngine: how to add your domain


In this blog post I will explain how you can add your own domain to a Google AppEngine Application. I will start from scratch just to show you how it works.

1. First of all, make sure you are signed in into Google AppEngine. Navigate to the Dashboard and create a new Application:

Google AppEngine Dashboard with Applications
Google AppEngine Dashboard with Applications

2. Create a new application by clicking on “Create Application”. On the next dialog, you need to specify some data about the application. This is the application identifier, a description and how the application will be accessed. We’ll select the “open for all” option, as we want our application to be generally available. Once this step is completed, you will see the “application created” page.

Create a new Application on Google AppEngine
Create a new Application on Google AppEngine

3. Next, we will navigate to the overview again and select our newly created application. Navigate down until you reach the section “Administration”. Select “Application Settings”.

Google AppEngine Settings
Google AppEngine Settings

4. In the “Application Settings” Dialog for Google AppEngine, scroll down until you reach the section “Domain Setup”. Click on “Add Domain”.  You are now redirected to a page where you can configure your domain.

Google AppEngine Domain Setup
Google AppEngine Domain Setup

5. To use Google AppEngine with your domain, you need to setup a Google Apps Account. Google Apps Standard is free and that is basically what I am also using. If you already have your Google Apps Account, you can skip the next steps until step 10. Click next on the first dialogs until you reach the domain verification page. On this page, select your domain host and authentify against it.

Google AppEngine Add Domain Name
Google AppEngine Add Domain Name
Google create new Google Apps Account
Google create new Google Apps Account

 

6. You might be asked about your domain registrar. Most of the time, it simply says “take me to …” for your domain registrar but it might also ask you for your registrar’s name in case you couldn’t be identified.

Google Apps select the domain registrar
Google Apps select the domain registrar

7. Log in to your domain registrar.

Google Apps log in to GoDaddy
Google Apps log in to GoDaddy

8. Authorise Google Apps to identify with your registrar

Verify Google Apps to change to Godaddy
Verify Google Apps to change to Godaddy

9. The domain verification and associated update of domain settings might take a while (up to 48hrs). However, you can now go back to the Dialog where it says “add Domain”.

Google AppEngine add the Google Apps Domain
Google AppEngine add the Google Apps Domain

10. Enter the domain name in the text box and click “Add”. You are now redirected to Google Apps, where your permission is required to use this domain. Simply click on “Agree” on the Terms.

11. Now you are on the page with the domain administration. Click on “add new URL”

Google AppEngine add the top-level domain with "www"
Google AppEngine add the top-level domain with “www”

12. Normally, you can only add some subdomains. However, this might not be that smart all time so I would recommend adding something like a top-level domain for it.  You can do this by adding “www” on the dialog.

13. Now you have to do some manual steps with your domain registrar – e.g. Godaddy. Google explains what you have to do so simply follow these steps.

14. You are ready to host your AppEngine Application on your domain now! Have fun!

 

 

Cloud Computing Weekend Reading: AWS, Forbes, IBM, Open Source


Still can’t get enough information about Cloud Computing? Here is the weekend reading list for interesting Topics about Cloud Computing. Have a nice (and cloudy) weekend 🙂

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  • Google search to include your private Gmail soon? – In this Blog by Computerworld the possibility of Google to include Gmail Data into search is discussed. There is some interesting Feedback by some authors. Read more here.
  • Only 16% of people know what the Cloud is. Do you agree? Is Cloud Computing not well known enough? Most believed it was about drugs, pillows, the weather, or toilet paper. Read more on Forbes about it.
  • 5 considerations when moving to the cloud. IBM explains what we have to consider when moving to the cloud. The 5 Tips are Monitoring, Security, Performance, Vendor-Lockin and Migration. Read more about it here.
  • Amazon Web Services boss Andy Jassy on competition, price wars, and getting big. Read the interview with AWS boss Andy Jassy on his thoughts about Cloud Computing and what is going on right now in this sector. The interview can be found here.
  • The Role of Open Source in Cloud Computing Innovation. Interesting article about the role of Open Source for Cloud Computing. The article can be read here.

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