There are lots of benefits of custom domains over hosted free domains. To set the custom domain for your blog, we assumed that you have following two things with you:
- A free hosted blog on bloggers.com
- A custom domain that you have purchased from any registrar
Now let’s start the step by step tutorial to set the custom domain. This procedure is a little bit of technical, but you don’t need any technical skills, what you need is jut sharp observations and instruction following mind. Yeah! Follow these steps at it is because this tutorial is baby feed spooning. Okay, let’s get started.
Step 1 Initial Step to set Top Level Domain
First go to blogger home page. Open your blogger account. Then on right sidebar go to settings then click on ‘basic’ option as shown in the figure below.
When you click on ‘basic’, you see on publishing section a blog address field. This is your free blog address which is like domain-name.blogspot.com. Below this you find a “ + Set up a third-party URL for your blog” link. Click on this link. A new popup window will open. Enter a domain name which you purchased. Note that you must enter the domain name with www. as a prefix on it.by pressing the enter, you get a CNAME error. The error window is also shown below.
From this error window, note down the two CName highlighted in the blue box and their destination path highlighted in the yellow box. These CNames will be used in nest steps, so note them in a safe place.
Now login to your registrar dashboard. The registrar in this tutorial is godaddy.com. this is used for reference. You can follow the same steps for any other registrar.
In this case, go to godaddy.com. Log into your account. Click on my account. Click Manage my domains. See figure below to understand.
Click on setting gear then select ‘Manage DNS’. See figure below for reference.
Step 2: Add CNAMES
Now we are going to add the two CNames which we get from the error message. For this, first click on Add Record as shown in the figure below.
A popup will appear. Now for the first field which is ‘record file’, select CName (Alias) from the drop down list.
On host field enter www and on ‘points to’ field, enter ghs.google.com. This www is the first CName which we get from the error message in the first step.
Then click add another.
Take the second CName (short security token) from error page and place in ‘host file’ field and copy second points to (long security token) from ‘Destination, Target or Points To’ field and paste on ‘points to’ field. Click finish.
Step 3: Add A Record
To add A Record, simply click on add record, as you did in the previous step, now select ‘A Host’ from the drop down list. At Host field, enter the domain name without www. and at the point to field enter 126.96.36.199.
Repeat this step for remaining IP address which are
Step 4: Final step to set the custom domain
Now wait about an hour for your DNS settings to activate, before going to next step. A warning message will appear if you attempt the final step before your settings are activated.
I did the final step after two minutes and it’s done, no warning and no error. The final step is to repeat the first step which is to go to setting à basic à under publication click on “ + Set up a third-party URL for your blog” and add www.domainname.com, if you get an error, then wait for one hour or it may take up to four hour. So, be patient.
The Last thing is to tick the checkbox to the Redirect domain.com to www.domain.com. now save the settings to complete the procedure. Now all your traffic which come on domain.com (non-www version) will redirect to www.domain.com.
You see the technicalities involve in setting the custom domain. But with this tutorial, this process become very easy. What are your thought n this tutorial? Do you implement these steps to set your custom domain? Do you have any question or any information related to this? Do comment us to let us know and help others. If you like this tutorial, then please share it with your friends on social media because sharing is caring.