By | September 8, 2017
custom domain name

custom domain nameWhen you create a free blog on Google blogger, your web address is a subdomain which usually reads something like myblog.blogspot.com. And your site hosted on Google free servers. With this kind of a web address your blog popularity is limited to an extent. And the traffic coming to your blog site will narrow, such that getting popular will take a longer time. For this reason, you may want to purchase a custom domain name for your blog site.

A custom domain name will help your blog to stand out; reason is that it is easy to recall your site name. Take for instance sealedgegraphics.blogspot.com and sealedgegraphics.com. Sealedgegraphics.com sounds better and easy to recall, that is how it can tell the story of your blog very fast. If you have not purchased your custom domain name yet, you may want to read how to choose a unique custom domain for your site.

But if you have purchased one already, this guide will help you to point your custom domain to your blog site.

Where to begin pointing your custom domain name

You should have a blog on Blogger running by now, else read How to setup your free blog on blogger. Then you must have purchased a custom domain name as well. Else head to Godday.com or Enom.com and purchase a custom domain name now.

Step 1: Add your new domain name to your Blogger Blog

Begin customizing your blog address by adding the custom domain name you just purchased to your blogger blog.

To do this, log into your blogger Dashboard and head to Settings > Basic then look for Publishing and just below publishing, you have the address space. See the diagram below.

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Click  the +setup a 3rd-party url for your blog link and type in your purchased domain name. Ensure you add “www” if your custom domain name for instance is starincup.com, enter www.startincup.com otherwise you get an error message. After adding your custom domain name, then click save. Notice that blogger will display an error message (Error 12) requesting that you add two records to your custom domain. Copy the 2 CNAMEs you will need them for the next step.

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Step 2: Add the 2 CNAMEs Records to you Custom Domain Name Settings

Here is how you add the record to your custom domain name.

Login to your Domain Dashboard we assume you purchased yours from Godaddy. The images in our example are Godaddy domain dashboard, but if your domain is from another domain dealer, try as much to follow the process since most domain dashboards look similar.

On your Domain Dashboard, you will see the name of the domain you wish to customize under All Domains.

Select the Domain Name to proceed to the settings page.

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Click DNS Zone file to open the record setting page (see images for details)

Click Add record, select CNAME(Alias) under Record Type from the pop-up,  enter both records from your blog. Follow the images below.

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Save the records you’ve just added before proceeding to the next step.

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Add 4 ‘A’ records to your Custom Domain Settings

So far you’ve added the 2 CNAMEs to your blogspot. Now you need to add 4 I.P address to your custom domain name. The 4 I.P. address are google servers I.Ps.

See samples in the screen shots below, the process is almost the same, but instead of choosing CNAME record, choose ‘A’ record.

Click Add record and select A(Host)  under  Record Type from the pop-up,  then add record as in the images below.custom domain name 9

Host: = @

Points to =  216.239.32.21

TTL: = I hour

Repeat this process four times adding the same information with a slight variation in the I.P. addresses using the addresses below.

216.239.32.21
216.239.34.21
216.239.36.21
216.239.38.21

Here is a screenshot of what the domain final settings should look like.

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If you have followed the process carefully, then wait for 5 minutes to 4 hours for your settings to be activated. And once your settings are activated, go to your blogger dashboard and click save.

Now your custom domain should be up and running. Mine was up in 5 minutes, if yours is not running yet, wait a little longer to confirm.

Below is how the final setting on blogger should look.

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Don’t forget to check the redirect none www site name to the www version of your blog.

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We hope you find this article interesting, let us know how we can help you further by commenting or send us a message. Don’t hesitate to share with a friend. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Google. Have fun blogging.

SealEdge Graphics Editorial Team is made up of young entrepreneurs with a passion for;  Graphic Designs, Web Designs, Desktop Publishing and General InfoTech. The Team is lead by Omoh Nelson

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