How To Setup Blogger Custom Domain Name In 4 Simple Steps

How To Setup A Blogger Custom Domain Name For Your Blogger Blog

In this post I am continuing my blogger blog tutorial series to help bloggers who use the Google blogger platform solve all kinds of issues they might encounter on blogspot.In many scenarios, the question is always; how do I use a custom domain name for my blog? how to transfer domain to blogger? how to add my domain to blogger? etc.. So in this post, I will be showing you how to simply setup a blogger custom domain name for your blogger blog. That is, changing from www.xyz.blogspot.com to www.xyz.com .You can see that the latter looks more professional and brands your blog. It gives your blog that unique ID and branding it needs.

I normally charge a small fee to help bloggers setup a blogger custom domain name on their blogger blog and I have done this for lots of bloggers. However I have decided to write this post in other to give any blogger who wants to setup a blogger custom domain name for their blog a clear and simply step-by-step guild on how to go about it.

You can setup a blogger custom domain name for your blog by creating two new CNames and four A records in your DNS  with the two CNames provided in your blogger dashboard and this four Google IPs 216.239.32.21, 216.239.34.21, 216.239.36.21, 216.239.38.21
  . However, before you do that, I think you should have some little understanding of what DNS means and how it works.

What is DNS

DNS simply means domain name system. The DNS controls your domain name’s website and email settings. Its like the phone book record of your domain name settings which contains the server your domain name is domiciled in.
DNS contains a few different type of settings you can setup for your domain. This include; 


Name Server: The name server point your domain name to a web host company, from where your domain name website files loads. This is usually hosted by the company you registered the domain name with, however you can also point to another web host name servers.

A Record: The A record is used to point a domain name to a specified IP address which controls how the domain loads when visited.

CName: CName means canonical name and is used to point a domain name to a specified domain name where visitors to your site can find your site contents. CName can be either a subdomain or a main domain.

MX Records: MX records is used to point your domain name email to the host provider of your email.

Zone File: The zone file stores all the DNS settings of your domain name.

How To Setup A Blogger Custom Domain Name

You can setup a blogger custom name for your blog by following the four simple steps below;



Step #1 – Visit your blogger dashboard, under settings>>basics, click on (setup a third-party URL for your blog).



Step #2 – Enter your already registered domain name with the www before the domain name in the space provided. Click on the save button and upon clicking on the button you should get an error message which provides you with two CNames . The first CName is same for every blogger blog while the second one is unique to your blog. Copy the two CName and save it somewhere, you will need it letter.

Step #3

Head over to your domain name DNS control panel. How to manage the DNS settings of your domain name can be different among web hosts. In this post I will be using the popular cPanel to edit my DNS settings and create the new CNames and the A records. Login to your cPanel, under domains, click on Advance DNS zone editor. Select the domain name you want to edit. In the CName section enter the name as www andCName as ghs.google.com . Do same thing for the second CName we copied and saved earlier on. Now that you are done with the CName, you will need to create four different A records so that when someone mistakenly forgets to add the www before your domain, they don’t get an error. Create A records for this IPs 216.239.32.21, 216.239.34.21, 216.239.36.21, 216.239.38.21 one after the other and save it. In the name box enter your domain name without the www e.g xyz.com , substituting xyz with your domain, enter the IP address in the next box and save it. Do same thing for the other three IPs

Step #4 – Finally, brushing it up, visit your blogger dashboard >> settings>>basics and click on the (setup third-party URL for your blog) , enter your domain name with the www before the domain name and click on save. Your www.xyz.blogspot.com should now be redirected towww.xyz.com when someone visits your blog.

Final Touches


One last thing you should do is to make sure that when a visitor to your blog mistakenly omits the www before entering your domain name in his/her  browser that it redirects to www.xyz.com . To do this simply click on the edit button from the settings>>basic dashboard and tick the box where it says redirect (xyz.com to www.xyz.com)

Troubleshooting

Normally it can take about 24-48hrs for your domain transferred to Google to fully propagate, within this period the transferred domain might not yet be active on your blog. If for some reason the blogger custom domain fails to work on your blog , then follow the below steps to troubleshoot and fix the error.


Change your blogger template as there could be a script preventing the blogger custom domain from working properly.

Check your DNS settings to be sure that all CNames and A records are correctly setup.

Clear your browsing cache

If after following the above steps and the problem persists, contact your domain host provider for further assistance.

It actually takes sometime, about 24-48 hours for your blogger custom domain name to fully propagate and function well.

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