New Blogger now Supports Custom Domain Names!
Blogger Gets Serious About Blogging!
Woo 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!
Offering 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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