Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Get Your Own Custom .COM Domain For Your Blogger Blog

Author: Gagan Masoun
Get Your Own Custom .COM Domain For Your Blogger BlogYou should have your own custom domain (eg:yourblog.com). If you're using Blogger platform then its important because Blogger can disable/delete your blog at anytime without giving you any notice. This tutorial will hopefully explain the benefits of getting your own web domain and where to start.

If you're using Blogpost hosted blog then you're promoting Google's brand. So, better to have your own URL to promote your outstanding brand. Search engines like: Google, Yahoo and Bing love domains more than sub-domains. Domain names are available on very cheap at only $3.96 a month with HostGator.

Choosing The Right Web Host

If you are finding safe and fast servers web hosting company, use HostGator. My high traffic websites have been running without any issue since April of 2010 and HostGator can examine them well.

Choosing The Right Web Host

Setup Custom Domain With Blogger

Step# 1 Ask your web hosting provide that you want to register a new domain name such as Example.com. Go to the control panel on your domain registrar’s website, and locate your DNS settings. Follow the instructions below to enter your "CNAME". Please not it may take a few hours to day for DNS settings to update correctly.

Step#2 Go to Blogger Dashboard >> Settings Tab >> Publishing Tab >> Click “Add Custom Domain”

Add Custom Domain

Step# 3 Now In The “Advanced Settings” Enter Your New Domain Name URL (eg: www.blogsdaddy.com).

Advanced Settings

Step# 4 Click “Save” button. Then blogger display this error “We have not been able to verify your authority to this domain. Error 12. Please follow the settings instructions.”

Step# 5 Click “settings instructions”. If you click this link before that error (above), you can’t configure CNAME correctly.

Step# 6 You'll be redirected to the “How do I use a custom domain name for my blog?” page.

Step# 7 Now, Choose the “On a top-level domain (www.example.com).” option.

How do I use a custom domain name for my blog?

Step# 8 You should see something similar to the image below. 

domainverify

Pay attention to a pair of two codes highlighted in the screenshot. Those are your domain ownership token. In my example the codes are “HX7TEKRO4SCN" and “gv-VUFBH2BJB64B2WJMMD7YLUBDZOX7KWL4IFCADFSHI5MRBNJ5ESFQ.domainverify.googlehosted.com.”. Your token will be different. 

Change DNS Settings

Step# 1. Go To Google Apps : https://www.google.com/a/

Step# 2. On the Google apps home page right top side you will see the log in option:

Enter Your Domain Name -> Go to Domain Management (Select From Drop Down Menu) -> Click On Go Button

Step# 3. Enter your username and password - This is the username associated with your Domain.You got a free Email account with your domain name this is the username.

Enter your username and password

Step# 4. Now You Are On Your Google Apps Dashboard Page

Click "Domain Settings" -> "Domain Names" -> "Advanced DNS Settings" As Shown Below In Screenshot:

Google Apps Dashboard Page 

Step# 5. Your domain is registered with enom.If you want to change advanced DNS settings or update your WHOIS information, you can access enom 's DNS control panel.

Copy the Password and Click "Sign in to DNS console" then sign in your domain management with those details. (Enter domain name and password for login)

See screenshot given below :

Sign in to DNS console

Step# 6. Click the "Edit" button for the section "Host Records" as shown below :

Host Records

Step# 7 Add a CNAME.
  • For Host Name/Name/Label or Host” field, enter “www” without quotes and
  • For Address/Destination/Target or Points To field, enter “ghs.google.com” without the quotes.
Step# 8 Now add another CNAME. This is for domain ownership verification.
  • In the Host Name field, paste the first code you get in step 2.3, ex: HX7TEKRO4SCN.
  • In the Destination field, paste the second code, ex: “HX7TEKRO4SCN" and “gv-VUFBH2BJB64B2WJMMD7YLUBDZOX7KWL4IFCADFSHI5MRBNJ5ESFQ.domainverify.googlehosted.com.”.
(Use your own codes generated above, don’t use these two codes).

Step# 9 Now we should add “A-records”. If you already have “A-records” modify them. If you don’t have them click “Add” button.

Step# 10 You have to add 4 separate “A-records” , pointing to the following Google IP addresses:
  • 216.239.32.21
  • 216.239.34.21
  • 216.239.36.21
  • 216.239.38.21
Step# 11 Finally click “Save” button and your domain settings updated.

Update Your Blogger Settings

Step# 1 Go To Blogger Dashboard >> Settings > Basic > Publishing >> Again Enter Your Custom Domain Name With “www”.
Step# 2 Ticks “redirect” option.
Step# 3 Click “Save” button. If it again displays “Unable to verify authority….” Error wait for a few hours to update your DNS settings and again try it.
Step# 4 That’s, now your blog has a custom domain name.

Need Help?

Feel free to ask me any question because I'd be happy to help you! Leave a comment below to get in touch with me.

See Also: Blogger Custom Domains - How To Create A Subdomain

Author
Author - Gagan Masoun is the owner of Blogs Daddy Blog.Gagan lives in India, has been blogging since 2010 and writing Blogs Daddy Blog since 2011.You can find him in the usual social networks.

3 comments:

  1. hello,
    i wanna ask something:

    my site having a .com domain was deleted by blogger. Can i re-use that domain name?

    kindly email the reply at edgaromanito@gmail.com

    thanks
    hope to hear you soon

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  2. Hello..good article and explanations
    but m afraid having a custom domain does not prevent Blog getting delete..

    ReplyDelete