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Ramblings and Sipe Family News and Technology29 Mar 2008 08:41 pm

Stephanie and I have owned our Eagle Crest Chalet for three years now and it has been a great experience. Everything was going along very smoothly with lots of happy renters and great success until we got a little too successful for the Eagle Crest Resort to handle. Seems we made it to the top spot for a few search terms in Google and Eagle Crest got jealous. As large companies do when they can’t win playing fair they resort to lawyers.

We have been forced to change our domain name and then of course our business name because they felt Eagle Crest Getaway violated their trademark. Not noticing the fact that there are tens of other Eagle Crests out there including eaglecrest.com and eaglecrestgc.com which are neither owned by the Eagle Crest Resort! We felt that the name Eagle Crest was merely a location and that location was where we owned our home and ran our Vacation Rental. We never pretended to be the resort and made it VERY clear on our home page that we owned and operated a single vacation rental that was located in the resort. But alas we have neither the time nor the money for a legal battle and when trademarks are concerned the big companies always win (can I get a Sam Buck’s Coffee please? … Not Any Longer).

Long story short now for the big reveal …. the new name of our Vacation Rental is …. Central Oregon Getaway! We wanted to keep the Getaway in the name and not have any more lawyers breathing down our backs so Central Oregon Getaway is the new name!

If any of my readers want to help feel free to paste any of the links below somewhere on your site to help get us back the three years we are loosing by switching domains.

<a href="http://www.centraloregongetaway.com" title="Eagle Crest">Eagle Crest</a>
<a href="http://www.centraloregongetaway.com" title="Eagle Crest Getaway">Eagle Crest Getaway</a>
<a href="http://www.centraloregongetaway.com" title="Eagle Crest Vacation Rental">Eagle Crest Vacation Rental</a>
<a href="http://www.centraloregongetaway.com" title="Eagle Crest Oregon">Eagle Crest Oregon</a>

If you do link send me a comment so I can return the favor 🙂

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Technology29 Mar 2008 08:20 pm

I recently needed to change the domain of our Eagle Crest Vacation Rental website from www.EagleCrestGetaway.com to www.CentralOregonGetaway.com. I wanted to make sure that I did it in the most “search engine friendly” manner possible, every page matched up from one site to another, and it didn’t take forever. I decided to use the .htaccess file to redirect all the files from one domain to another.

Both of the websites were hosted on GoDaddy shared hosting plans on Linux operating systems. Here is how you create and then use the .htaccess file to forward all the pages in a domain to another.

1) Create a text file with the following text on a single line:

Redirect 301 / http://www.NewDomainName.com/

NOTE: Make sure you use a program like text edit or notepad and save the file in plain text formatting. Also make sure you turn line wrapping etc off.

2) Save the file as htaccess.txt (you will change the name later I promise)

3) Upload that file to the home directory of your web server using your favorite FTP program

4) Change the permissions of the file to 644 so that the server can write to it but the file is not accessible to the browser.

5) Change the name of the htaccess.txt file to .htaccess

6) Wait for the magic to happen. Depending on the configuration of your server it may take 15 minutes or so for any .htaccess file changes to propagate.

GoDaddy shared hosting plans DO allow .htaccess commands so performing a 301 redirect as I did with our Eagle Crest site is your best bet in both time of execution and effectiveness.

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