If you have read about importance of custom domain for Blogger blogs, then you must have understood that how much a custom domain is necessary for Blogger blogs. Now in this tutorial, I am going to tell you how to use a custom domain with your Blogger blog. Below steps will describe how to setup your own domain on a Blogger blog.
How Do I Setup My Own Domain on Blogger
First of all, you need to register a domain name for your blog. It usually costs around 10$-30$ a year. GoDaddy registers domains on even cheaper price and you can register a .com domain with them for only 7$ per year. The second benefit of registering your domain with GoDaddy is that you don’t face any challenge in mapping your domain to your Blogger blog.
GoDaddy provides an easy to configure DNS setup tool through which you can point your domain to your blog very easily. If you go for any other domain registrar, still it isn’t a tough task to map your domain to your Blogger blog and it can be done very easily from control panel of your domain which is provided by your domain registrar. If you are ready to replace your .blogspot Blogger domain with your own domain, then follow below simple instructions.
1. Buy a Custom Domain for Your Blog Through Blogger
If you can pay through Google Checkout, then it is extremely easy to buy and setup a custom domain for your blog. To go with this setup method, log-in to Blogger dashboard, select your blog and then go to Settings. In Basic section under Settings, you will find “+Add a custom domain Point your own registered domain to your blog.” as shown in the below screenshot:
Click on +Add a custom domain link there and in next screen, type your desired domain name in the box which you are going to use for your Blogger blog and then check availability of the domain name either it is available to register or not.
If your selected domain is available and hasn’t registered yet by anyone else, then you can proceed with the registration. If the domain name isn’t available, search for any other domain name of your choice.
Once your desired domain name is available to register, proceed with the registration by clicking Continue to registration button. In the next screen, provide your contact details and other information and proceed to Google Checkout. Once you pay for your domain name and its registration completes, you will be guided through the rest of setup procedure.
Using a Domain Registered With a Third Party
Blogger doesn’t insist you to by domains through it always. You can register your domain with any domain registrar and can use it for your Blogger blog. If you choose to register your domain through a third party domain registrar, then follow the below steps:
Register Your Domain: Register your domain with your selected registrar. You registrar will send you log-in details for your domain control panel.After the registration process completes, follow below instructions:
Obtain CNAMERecords for Your Blog: You need to update CNAME values under your domain DNS. To get these values for your blog, sign-in to your Blogger dashboard, select your blog and go to settings. Under Basic section in Settings, click on +Add a custom domain name and then Switch to advanced settings
In the next screen, type in your domain name in the box which you have registered recently and click on Settings Instructions. If the page asks to confirm that you are navigating away, accept it by clicking Leave Page
In next window, select On a top-level domain (www.example.com).option from the two. Now domain verification and other details will appear below on the concerned screen. I am sharing a screenshot but remember that these values are unique for each setup. So copy details from the screen which are generated for your blog. I have highlighted the values which are needed to redirect your domain to your Blogger blog.
Now you need to update your domain’s DNS with these details. To do this, log-in to your domain control panel using the credentials provided by your domain registrar. In domain control panel, select DNS setting and add the two CNAME records using the details which you have obtained from Google in above step. Add CNAME details as mentioned below:
After adding the CNAME records, save your settings and let your settings to propagate across the web. It will usually take between one day to 3 days before your domain is pointed to Blogger. Keep checking by typing your domain name in browser after intervals that either it is redirected or not. Once the settings are propagated, your domain will start working and you will see the 404 (Not found) error at Google servers like below screenshot.
Now go to your Blogger dashboard again, select your blog and go to its Settings. Under Basic Settings, select +Add a custom domain and then switch to advanced settings
On next screen, type in your domain name in the box and save your settings. You are all done!!
Once your domain starts working on your blog, you need to to perform one more simple task. It will redirect your naked domain (yourdomain.com) to your full domain (www.yourdomain.com). It can be done by adding ANAMES also but this step is easier and convenient than adding ANAMES, so I haven’t discussed the procedure of adding ARECORDS. To perform this task, log-in to your Blogger dashboard, select your blog and go to its settings. Now you will see your domain under Basic Settings. Edit it to direct naked domain to full domain:
In the next screen, check the box saying Redirect yourdomain.com to www.yourdomain.com and save your settings. Now you have performed all steps for mapping your own domain to your Blogger blog.
I haven’t shared screenshots for DNS configuration in domain control panel because each domain registrar provides you a domain control panel with different options.
If you still can’t redirect your domain to your Blogger blog and need help, then you can ask us to do it. We will help you in setting up custom domain on your Blogger blog.