So I bought my own domain name reinventingneesha.co.uk on Thursday so I thought I would show you all just how easy it is to do and costs under £10!!
The first step is to find out if the domain name you actually want is free. This is easily checked by going to 123-reg.co.uk and typing your preferred URL into the search bar in the top right hand corner.
(I am in no way affiliated to 123 Reg but I have used their services for the past 10 years and have always found their control panel very easy to use)
Once you have chosen your domain name you need to decide which url style you are going to go with, the most popular being .com or .co.uk
These can vary dramatically in price so make sure you double check before committing to buy anything.
Once you are happy with your chosen domain name proceed to purchase. There are added extras they try and sell you during the checkout phase but I always select no to them all. You can always add this at a later date if you want those features. You can also pay through Paypal which is a bonus but be aware that when your domain is due for renewal this sum will automatically be taken from your account. If you do not wish to renew your domain name at that time the direct payment is easily cancelled.
CONGRATULATIONS are now in order as you are now the proud owner of your own domain name!
Now comes the slightly more complex part but lucky for you I am armed with lots of pictures showing you exactly what to do. And if you’re panicking thinking you can’t do it and you’re going to mess your blog up. There is an undo button wahoo! So if you’ve think you’ve made a mistake you can revert back to how it always was and then start over.
You now need to log into your Blogger account to let them know that you would like all your pages to be re-directed to your new custom shiny domain instead of to yourblog.blogspot.co.uk
So click ‘Settings’ and then Select ‘Basic’ from your Blogger control panel. Then you want to click ‘Set Up a Third-Party URL for your blog’:
You then need to enter the domain name you have just purchased in the box http:// Remember that when typing in your domain address to include www. before your domain name and then Click ‘Save’
A red error message will appear saying important information, don’t panic this is normal! You will need this information at a later stage in the set-up.
Now you need to log back into your 123-reg.co.uk control panel to edit the DNS server settings to allow blogger to re-direct to your new custom domain.
Once logged in you need to select your new domain name from the drop-down menu and then click ‘Manage’:
You need to scroll down to the ‘Advanced Domain Settings’ section and select ‘Manage DNS (A, MX, CNAME, TXT, SRV)’:
You then need to select ‘Advanced DNS’ :
The next screen will already have details entered into the grid. You need to edit these details to point to your blog on blogger. So delete all the current details using the rubbish bin icon. (Don’t worry if you mess up as these details can automatically be restored if things go wrong)
The first edit you need to make is under ‘Hostname’ type ‘www’ then select type as ‘CNAME’ and Destination should be ‘ghs.google.com’ and then click ‘Add’:
The next one you need to input is individual to your blog and will have appeared as a red important message on your blogger earlier. Copy and paste the relevant codes blogger gave you as I have done below and click ‘Add’:
The final step is optional but I suggest you do it as it only takes 2 minutes and will ensure that even when people do not include the www. path they will still be directed to your blog. The ‘Hostname’ should be ‘@’ then ‘Type’ is ‘A’ and ‘Destination CNAME’ is 4 seperate I.P Addresses.
The I.P Addresses are:
Input each individually and click add:
Now go back to blogger and try to save these settings again. This could take 24-48 hours for the DNS settings to change so keep trying until this is accepted. Don’t panic if it doesn’t work right away as it does take some time for the settings to be recognized. Once these have been recognized your Blogger account will automatically direct people to your custom blog domain.
Go back to your Blogger Panel and Select ‘Settings’ > ‘Basic’. The click ‘Edit’ next to your domain name and select the checkbox under your domain address and then click ‘Save’. This will ensure people who leave out the www. will still be directed to your blog:
Wahoo you now have a Custom URL for your Blog! Share the good news and don’t forget to share if this helped you ♥