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New Blogger now Supports Custom Domain Names!

Blogger Gets Serious About Blogging!

Blog News from Blog BlokeWoo Hoo! They did it! Holy cow, I don’t believe it! They’ve been listening to the Bloke after all!

This is exciting news folks. In case you missed it, the ‘New’ Blogger (formerly called Beta) now supports custom domain names (i.e. like my domain name http://www.blogbloke.com, instead of http://instabloke.blogspot.com). This new feature alone has leap-frogged Blogger into being a major player in the blog platform arena, and best of all it’s completely FREE!

'New' Blogger Publishing SettingsOffering free hosting for Custom Domains definitely makes the ‘New’ Blogger a serious contender, especially with competing paid-for hosted services such as Typepad.

Custom Domains allow your original Blog*Spot address to be converted to your own custom domain, so your existing links or bookmarks will still work and you shouldn’t lose your pagerank either.

Your old Blog*Spot address will forward to your new custom domain, so the switch will be seamless for your readers.

The only question that I have is does that go for the post pages as well? The documentation makes it sound like it could be just a simple URL forwarding feature rather than DNS.

Elsewhere they do mention fiddling with the DNS settings, so at this point I’m going to assume that it is DNS and not just simple URL forwarding. If any users have more information that can help clarify this please let me know.

How to use Custom Domains:

If you’re publishing on the ‘New’ Blog*Spot, you will now see a link near the top (under “settings”, “publishing”) offering you an option to switch over to a custom domain.

Apparently you will also need to create a CNAME record for your domain, associating it with ghs.google.com. The exact procedure for doing this varies depending on your domain registrar, but you can find instructions for many common registrars here.

Look out competitors because Blogger just might become the new king of the castle.

I guess I’m going to have to reconsider that move to WordPress I was pondering. Now all that remains on my wish list is PHP support (pant, pant).

Is it just me, or has Blogger just become the new cool kid on the block?

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Written January 7th, 2007 by | 9 Comments | Filed under: Blogging Tips, News , , , , , , ,

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There are 9 Comments so far to “New Blogger now Supports Custom Domain Names!”

  1. Wow! That is excellent news. Thank you Blogger.

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  2. your explanations are perfectly clear, thanks!

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  3. Thanks for dropping by… BB

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  4. you’re not the only one who happy with this feature, Bloke =) me too

    it says will redirect any permalink from our blog, so I hope it will go for post pages

    I got the news 1-2 days ago but still looking around if there’s someone who bravely jump up to the custom domain. blogger beta was came out with some bugs and I don’t want to lose my blog with any silly mistake.

    blogger is new cool kid on the block? hmm yeah.. but wordpress still the “local” celebrity =p

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  5. So far the reports I’m getting are inconsistent so you might want to try this first with a test blog.

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  6. Ok, when you want something done right — do it yourself my momma always told me.

    So I found an old domain name that I haven’t been using and just made the change. Apparently it will take one to two days for the DNS to take effect so I will let let you know how it goes.

    Can’t wait, pant, pant.

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  7. Thank for making this valuable information available to the public.

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  8. Thanks Jason. Visitors like you make it all worth while.

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  9. […] really blown away by the lack of enthusiasm in the blogosphere over the new FREE Custom Domains feature that Blogger has so generously offered to Blogspot […]

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