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Best Setup for Custom Domains with New Blogger

Blog Tips by Blog BlokeThis is an update to my previous post about setting up the New Blogger with Custom Domains. I’ve been playing around with the DNS settings for more than a week now, and this is the best set up that I came up with:

  1. Create a Blogspot address if you’ve not already got one - e.g. yourblog.blogspot.com.
  2. Buy a domain name from a registrar such as GoDaddy — e.g. coolname.com.
  3. Create a CNAME record for a subdomain (e.g. subname) pointing it to ghs.google.com. The subdomain name can be anything that you want it to be.
  4. Enter your new subdomain name into Blogger’s Custom Domain publishing settings - e.g. subname.coolname.com.
  5. Getting it to work with the “www” prefix is the tricky part. Back in my domain registrar( GoDaddy) I enabled URL Forwarding for the custom domain name and pointed it to the blogspot address.
  6. Next I made a CNAME alias record for the prefix “www“, pointing it to an “@” sign. Then I created an A record that points the “@” Host to GoDaddy’s IP address (you will have to ask your own domain registrar for their’s, but the one that GoDaddy gave me is 64.202.189.170).
  7. Subsequently, clicking on coolname.com (with or without the “www” prefix) will redirect to where your blog is now being hosted by Blogger. If you are still finding all this confusing, Google has an excellent faq explaining DNS settings.

UPDATE: Blogger Custom Domains: Best Setup and Optimization for Improving your Blog Pagerank!

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Best New Blogger Custom Domain Setup with a Subdomain

Blog Tips by Blog BlokeThis is an update to my previous post about setting up the New Blogger with Custom Domains. I’ve been playing around with the DNS settings for more than a week now, and this is the best set up that I came up with:

1. Create a Blogspot address if you’ve not already got one - e.g. yourblog.blogspot.com

2. Buy a domain name from a registrar such as GoDaddy — e.g. coolname.com

3. Create a CNAME record for a subdomain (e.g. blog) pointing it to ghs.google.com. The subdomain name can be anything that you want it to be.

4. Enter your new subdomain name into Blogger’s Custom Domain publishing settings - e.g. blog.coolname.com.

5. Getting it to work with the “www” prefix is the tricky part. Back in my domain registrar( GoDaddy) I enabled URL Forwarding for the custom domain name and pointed it to the blogspot address.

6. Next I made a CNAME alias record for the prefix “www“, pointing it to an “@” sign. Then I created an A record that points the “@” Host to GoDaddy’s IP address (you will have to ask your own domain registrar for their’s, but the one that GoDaddy gave me is 64.202.189.170). 7. Subsequently, clicking on coolname.com (with or without the “www” prefix) will redirect to where your blog is now being hosted by Blogger.If you are still finding all this confusing, Google has an excellent faq explaining DNS settings.

More reading: Blogger Custom Domains: Best Setup and Optimization for Improving your Blog Pagerank!


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  1. :-) I see that worked for you as well then.

    Glad it’s working!!

  2. I tried it every way possible but this setup seems to work the best. The tricky part was getting the “www” prefix to work. Thanks for the input.

  3. You lost me on step 3. I can log into Godaddy.com and click on the link titled, “Total DNS Control and MX Records” under the Total DNS Control tab. Do I need to make up a subdomain name? What should it be? I am confused. I am going to check out your link “Faq explaining DNS settings” and see if that helps.

  4. You’ve got it right James. The subdomain name can be anything you want it to be.

  5. I don’t understand the step about forwarding to the blogspot address. Doesn’t that defeat the purpose of a custom domain?

  6. Mark, it’s necessary if you want your custom domain to work with the “www” prefix, providing of course that you set up the CNAME and A records according to my instructions.

  7. I followed your instructions and after 3 hours it all worked. Thanks for the great advice.

  8. It’s good to hear that Chaser. Thanks for the feedback.

  9. Hi. Can you explain the purpose of setting up the subdomain? Will this subdomain be used anywhere on my site?

    I’m not sure what to call the subdomain because I don’t know what it will be used for. Make sense?

  10. Setting up a subdomain is the only way you can get it to work with Blogger Custom Domains. For example, you could use “spain” as your subdomain if you like.

    I know at first it seems confusing and probably the best way to understand how it works is to set it up and use it for awhile.

    That’s how I learn, from hands-on experience.

    Thanks… BB

  11. trying this now but our setup has us our old blogspot going to our http://www.domain.com NOT a subdomain.

    so what would steps 5 and 6 be instead.

    basically our problem is going to http://www.domain.com works but going to http://domain.com goes to a godaddy parked page.

    help!

  12. I wasted a week playing around with various settings and this is the ONLY setup that really works. You have to follow each step exactly as explained but you might have to wait up to 2 days before the DNS finally kicks in. If you are still having problems then you should contact your domain registrar.

  13. Are your Google Adsense ads paying better since the switch?

    Another guy who switched said his were…

  14. Dunno if alba will read this but one way I could think of to solve your problem would be to remove the www in your domain forwarding (on blogger). So in the screen where it says where do you want your blogspot to go. Simply type in http://domain.com rather than the http://www.domain.com. What most people don’t realize is that www is simply a subdomain preset up for you by most domain hosting services. In this case step 5 and 6 would be exactly the same. The CNAME mapping of www:@ simply tells the subdomain http://www.domain.com to map to domain.com — which would be hosted by googles blogger. Remember also that it will take anywhere from 30 min to 6 hours for these changes to propagate, so don’t get frustrated if it doesn’t work right away.

    Best!

    slashrockstar

  15. Hello..

    can u pls elaborate waht step 5 means..

    “5. Getting it to work with the “www” prefix is the tricky part. Back in my domain registrar( GoDaddy) I enabled URL Forwarding for the custom domain name and pointed it to the blogspot address.

    Please advise what to do in this step. where is the URl forwarding option.

    looking for your reply asap.

    I have problems settingup my domain http://www.mindurcricket.com

    regards
    Asim
    [email protected]

  16. This worked for me too, thank you.
    One point about the barename (without www) redirection, the re-direction will happen twice.

    Enter example.com
    -> example.com handled by GoDaddy, redirected to example.blogspot.com
    -> example.blogspot.com redirected to http://www.example.com on the same server.

    I hope this clarification helps.
    AmateurLayman.com

  17. do i have to wait the 48 hours?

  18. I’m closing comments on this post and recommend that everyone read my tutorial that shows more detail for setting this up:

    http://www.blogbloke.com/blogger-custom-domains-best-setup-for-optimizing-your-blog-pagerank-2/