Paint.NET is now reachable from www.paint.net

Ever since before the Paint.NET software project began in early 2004, the paint.net domain was redirecting to http://www.warrenpaint.com. This is the website for Warren Paint & Color Co., a paint manufacturer in Tennessee. That’s a pretty good domain to own for that type of business, eh? It’d be like owning “bikes.com” for a bicycle shop or something.

Fast forward to yesterday, and a lot of people are still typing in “paint.net” into their address bar in hopes of finding the Paint.NET software. Unfortunately for them, they have always been getting redirected to the Warren Paint & Color Co. website. This has brought some extra traffic to the Warrant Paint & Color Co. website, but the problem is that they’re also getting daily e-mails from people either asking where the Paint.NET software is, or saying mean things and accusing them of cybersquatting or search hijacking. It’s been a bit frustrating for them.

Next, fast forward to today. In order to reduce confusion around the domain and to cut the guys at Warren Paint & Color Co. a break from answering e-mails that should be sent to me, we’ve worked together to set up a simple redirect page. If you go to http://www.paint.net/ right now, you’ll see this in place now. It basically just presents the logos for both websites and says, “Why don’t you just tell me where you want me to go!” *

So from now on, when people ask you where to get Paint.NET, just tell them to type it into their browsers! No matter which box they type into (URL, search), they’ll find it.

Thanks to Jeff for setting up the redirect over to the disambiguation page. Also, thanks to Graham Laing for facilitating the matter.

* Seinfield reference.

Paint.NET Help / Documentation – Now Searchable!

I finally found/made some time and added a search box to the Paint.NET Help. It was pretty simple to do in all honesty, it’s just something that I’d been procrastinating for a very long time.

Plus, it took a bit to find the right program on Google’s page because the default “search stuff” in AdSense only lets you specify a domain and not a directory (I could not specify http://www.getpaint.net/doc/en and would have had to set up an alias such as http://help.getpaint.net). I had to find the “custom search engine” stuff that would let me also add in a block of Javascript to the website. I got there from google.com, clicking on “Business Solutions”, then “Web Search and Site Search”, then finally “Custom Search.” Then I had to go through some workflow to configure everything and link it to my AdSense account. Why wasn’t it just built in to the AdSense control panel to begin with!?

So, note to Google: please consolidate the search engine stuff in to one place in a way that makes sense to publishers!

Please excuse the awesome layout of the help file, I am definitely not a web developer …