HOW TO SET UP YOUR OWN CUSTOM DOMAIN FOR YOUR BLOG USING BLOGGER

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!!


How to Set Up A Custom Domain Name In Blogger

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)

How to Set Up A Custom Domain Name In Blogger


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

STEP ONE
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’:

How to Set Up A Custom Domain Name In Blogger

STEP TWO
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’

How to Set Up A Custom Domain Name In Blogger

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.

STEP THREE

Once logged in you need to select your new domain name from the drop-down menu and then click ‘Manage’:

How to Set Up A Custom Domain Name In Blogger

STEP FOUR

You need to scroll down to the ‘Advanced Domain Settings’ section and select ‘Manage DNS (A, MX, CNAME, TXT, SRV)’:

How to Set Up A Custom Domain Name In Blogger

STEP FIVE

You then need to select ‘Advanced DNS’ :

How to Set Up A Custom Domain Name In Blogger

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)

STEP SIX

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’:

How to Set Up A Custom Domain Name In Blogger

STEP SEVEN

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’:

How to Set Up A Custom Domain Name In Blogger

STEP EIGHT

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:

216.239.32.21
216.239.34.21
216.239.36.21
216.239.38.21

Input each individually and click add:

How to Set Up A Custom Domain Name In Blogger

STEP NINE

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.

FINAL STEP

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:

How to Set Up A Custom Domain Name In Blogger

Wahoo you now have a Custom URL for your Blog! Share the good news and don’t forget to share if this helped you ♥

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5 Comments

  1. November 16, 2014 / 8:32 pm

    Thank you so much for this! I have been looking but I was a bit nervous at the actual move. Going to save this and come back to it during the week when my brain is more alive! Thank you!

    Hayley-Eszti // http://www.hayleyeszti.blogspot.com

  2. November 17, 2014 / 9:13 pm

    So happy I stumbled upon this help guide!! Just updated my domain and this guide was a lifesaver 😀 Thanks

  3. November 26, 2014 / 11:45 pm

    Thank you so much for this, I had it bookmarked for reference and finally I am now a domain owner! Your guide really helped!!

    • November 28, 2014 / 2:53 pm

      Amazing news. Really glad the guide helped ♥

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