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Using Blogger's Custom Domain facility you can redirect your blogspot blog to a brand new domain or URL and it will cost you only 10$. Blogger is not however responsible for domain management services which are offered by Godaddy or Enom.

 

Custom Domains work by using changed DNS records in DNS servers. There are two types of Custom Domains...........


 

The two types of Custom domains are :

1. Blogspot to Custom Domain.

2. Blogspot to Custom Subdomain.

 

When you buy a domain name (mysite.com) you can redirect your blog to it (www.mysite.com). This is the first type of Custom Domain.

 

In the second type you create subdomains within your domain (mysite.com) like :

blog.mysite.com

docs.mysite.com

mail.mysite.com

start.mysite.com

blog2.mysite.com

blog3.mysite.com

You can then redirect one blog to each of the subdomains listed above. These subdomains can be created in your account with Godaddy/Enom. This free account is created when you buy the domain name from Blogger.

 

The control panel login page is at https://www.google.com/a/cpanel/MYSITE.COM/Advanced

Be sure to replace 'MYSITE.COM' with your actual domain name. Login to your domain manager by clicking the link in the email you got from Google Apps when you bought the domain.

 

The configuration for the two types of Custom Domains is different :

1. BLOGSPOT TO CUSTOM DOMAIN :

In this type set the CNAME record for www.mysite.com  only to point to ghs.google.com.

Do not set CNAME record for mysite.com.

 

Then set the A record for mysite.com as follows :

:

MYSITE.COM. A IN 216.239.32.21
MYSITE.COM. A IN 216.239.34.21
MYSITE.COM. A IN 216.239.36.21
MYSITE.COM. A IN 216.239.38.21






Lastly go to Settings----->Publishing in your blog and click on Switch to Custom Domains. Then click on Advanced Settings and in Your Domain box type :

www.mysite.com

Enter the Captcha word and save settings.

 

 

2. BLOGSPOT TO CUSTOM SUBDOMAIN :

In this type you will redirect your blogspot blog to blog.mysite.com

For this set the CNAME of both :

blog.mysite.com AND www.blog.mysite.com to ghs.google.com.

 



Next go to Settings----->Publishing in your blog and click on Switch to Custom Domains. Then click on Advanced Settings and in Your Domain box type :

mysite.com

Enter the Captcha word and save settings.

76 comments:

Anonymous said...

You said leave myblog.com alone and only set www.myblog.com to ghs (or something like that). Question, where would www.myblog.com lead to?

Vin said...

Anonymous,

If you are publishing to a Custom Domain www.myblog.com go to Settings---->Publishing---->Advanced and enter that in 'Your Domain' text box/field. Then save settings after entering the verification word.

After that is successful you will get a checkbox below saying

Redirect myblog.com to www.myblog.com

Click that to put a check in it and again type the verification word and save.

Lydia said...

Vin,

I just bought 2 domain names from GoDaddy and intend to drop the "blogspot" from my 1 blog and "wordpress" from my wordpress blog. Two questions: 1) Is Googlepagerank affected in any way? 2)I have a few Feedblitz subscribers, will their subscriptions be blocked if I change my blog names? I apologize if you already covered this, but I wanted to cover all bases before I went ahead and did this.

Lydia

Vin said...

Lydia,

Good questions! The Page Rank issue has already been discussed in Moving from Blogspot subdomain to your own domain.

Page Rank does not transfer immediately. It may take upto six months but you get same page rank as before (does not start from zero) unless you break some Google webmaster guidelines in the new domain.

Their subscriptions do not change since they are subscribed to same feedburner feed URL which does not change.

www.hack-genius.blogspot.com said...

hey man i a fan of ur site !

i have a general html doubt
when i placing the favicon below the head tag its saves and then when i open my blog it comes and goes immediately it comes only in the starting and goes of !

plz help me

Vin said...

www.hack-genius.blogspot.com,

Have a look at the comments under this post : How to Add Favicon to your blog?

hack-geius said...

hey but google pages does not approve new members so what should i do ?

Vin said...

hack-geius,

You will have to search Google for 'free file hosting'.

Anonymous said...

hey,

i was wondering if i could put something of my own and not that feed thing

side some ad after each and every post?

Vin said...

Anonymous,

Go to Settings---->Site Feed--->Feed Footer box. Paste code there and save.

Bill Donovan said...

Dear Vin -

I recently posted a request for help on Google's Blogger help forum concerning this topic. After hours of attempting to make my new blog show up using my GoDaddy domain, I finally gave up in frustration. I read your response to my post, tried your suggestion and presto! www.donovantalk.com is up and running. Thank you so much!
Bill Donovan

tomat said...

Hi, Vin.
¿Is it possible to have a blog redirected to both addresses: one domain and one subdomain of the same domain?

Vin said...

tomat,

Why would you want to do that? It may result in duplicate website attracting penalty from Google.

tomat said...

Well, I have some blogs tomat1, tomat2, tomat3, one by year more or less, and the last is the present one (now 6) and I'd like to have it redirected to the main domain with a short name. The old ones are only for historic purposes and could be on subdomains, and I'd like that the subdomain for the last one (6) were ready before doing the switch to a new actual blog (7), so in some period one blog should have both adresses.

¿What is the effect of the duplication and penalty of this?

Vin said...

Tomat,

One blog at a time cannot have two addresses. You can redirect one address to another using Custom domain but the final address seen in address bar of browser is the blog address.

So a blog redirected from one address to another is in reality only one site and there is no duplication of content.

You can buy one domain :

www.tomat.com

and then make subdomains in it like this :

www.tomat1.tomat.com

www.tomat2.tomat.com

www.tomat3.tomat.com

and redirect the respective blogs to each subdomain and also redirect one blog to the main domain.

tomat said...

OK. It's clear. Thanks

the little lost asian said...

it's not so clear to me what i should do. i bought a custom domain through blogger and followed the steps in the settings--> publishing etc.. do i need to do anything more (outside of blogger)? i still can't see my blog and i can't understand the first part of your post under the 1) Blogspot to Custom Domain 'cause i don't see any of what you've written on ENOM (DNS)site. Help?

Vin said...

the little lost asian,

What is your domain name and your blogspot address?

the little lost asian said...

Vin, i've fixed it already using your suggestion at the blogger forum. it's working now.. Thanks!

Lodo Grdzak said...

I've been posting YouTube vids on my blog for a year, but now suddenly they wont show up on the page. At least not on my computer. When I use Camino, you dont see the vid at all (just an empty space in the page); When I use Safari you can see the YouTube box, but when you hit the PLAY arrow nothing happens. Its very odd since I can go to the EDIT POSTS in my dashboard and PREVIEW an individual post and the vid clips will be there. But when I VIEW BLOG the clips don't show up. Im very invested in my blog. Can you help me?

Vin said...

Lodo Grdzak,

What is your blog address with the videos?

Lodo Grdzak said...

I'm at LodoGrdzakStaysPut.blogspot.com (for Lodo Grdzak Stays Put)

Thanks for responding!

Lodo Grdzak said...

Oh! And just so you know everything I do. If I go to Firefox, I can get the YouTube vid image; but it wont play. However, if I click on a picture or go to COMMENTS, then click back again to the page, my vids will play. On Camino I get no YouTube image at all, and on Safari I get the vid image but its locked in place and wont play. Finally, I went to my local internet cafe(which uses Mozilla/Firefox), and my vids played fine. So...there it is. Thanks again!!

Vin said...

Lodo Grdzak,

You should compare the following parameters at home and at the Internet cafe :

1. Browser version - Update home browser to latest version.

2. Browser cache memory settings.

3. PC memory (RAM and Virtual disk memory) on home PC v/s Cafe PC.

4. Type of connection - Dial Up or Broadband at home v/s cafe.

5. Other open applications can hog memory and cause video not to play.

After comparing you will get better idea why it plays in certain conditions only : Broadband connection, More RAM, More virtual disk memory, Close all other Apps (no wallpaper), Latest CPU, Increase browser cache memory and faster disk.

Tilda + Mimi said...

Dear Vin,
first of all congratulations on such a useful blog!

I set up my custom domain via google's help topics and I see my blog only if I type the www: www.reallooksforrealwomen.com but if I type reallookforrealwomen.com I see my server's page - so I've uploaded a framest on the server with the lower frame pointing to the blog --- so that I don't lose visitors.

I wonder if I add
reallooksforrealwomen.com. 3600 IN A 64.233.179.121
reallooksforrealwomen.com. 1800 IN A 72.14.207.121

as you write in your tutorial will I be able to see my blog without the www?
Are those IPs google's IPs?

Thank you Vin,
keep up your excellent work
seasons' greeting
Tilda

Vin said...

Tilda + Mimi,

At present these are your DNS records :

reallooksforrealwomen.com. 14400 IN A 216.22.29.166

www.reallooksforrealwomen.com. 3600 IN CNAME ghs.google.com.

You should have :

reallooksforrealwomen.com. 3600 IN A 64.233.179.121
reallooksforrealwomen.com. 3600 IN A 72.14.207.121
www.reallooksforrealwomen.com. 3600 IN CNAME ghs.google.com.

Then after one hour of saving these go to Settings---->Publishing in your blog and click on Switch to Blogspot.com and save.

Then republish blog to 'www.reallooksforrealwomen.com' without quotes and save.

Note that search engines do not accept frames.

ngaongan said...

Hi. My blog address is http://gurulib.blogspot.com/.
i have a custom domain( booktraining.net) registered at name.com.

i changed

CNAME www - ghs.google.com

booktraining.net. 3600 IN A 64.233.179.121
booktraining.net. 1800 IN A 72.14.207.121

in blogger when i'm trying to change Custom Domain to www.booktraining.net
it give me a mistake - "Another blog is already hosted at this
address."

can you help me, please?

Thank you!

Vin said...

ngaongan,

It is working correctly now :

GET / HTTP/1.1
Host: gurulib.blogspot.com
HTTP/1.1·301·Moved·Permanently(CR)(LF)
Location:·http://www.booktraining.net/(CR)(LF)


GET / HTTP/1.1
Host: booktraining.net
HTTP/1.1·302·Moved·Temporarily(CR)(LF)
Location:·http://www.booktraining.net/(CR)(LF)

MYZIZI said...

Hi. after followed the instruction as you suggested, (my custom domain address is http://8lbn.com)
and
i changed

8lbn.com. 3600 IN A 64.233.179.121
8lbn.com. 1800 IN A 72.14.207.121

in blogger when i'm trying to change Custom Domain to www.8lbn.com
still>> "Another blog is already hosted at this
address."

please do help..

Thank you!

Vin said...

MYZIZI,

When I check I am getting :

No A records exist for 8lbn.com

Perhaps you should wait if you just changed them as it takes time for the changes to propagate to all DNS servers.

Change your Settings--->Publishing after 6 hours and republish to www.8lbn.com.

Speakingbuzz said...

You are a legend! I searched high and low and yours was the most simple answer and the one that actually worked!

MYZIZI said...

Hi..vin..
after more than 24hr.i still can't republish my custom domain (www.8lbn.com - 8lbn.blogspot.com).
:-/
mm...pls. help

Vin said...

MYZIZI,

On checking I get :

;; QUESTION SECTION:
;8lbn.com. IN A

;; ANSWER SECTION:
8lbn.com. 3600 IN A 64.202.189.170

You have to set it to :

8lbn.com. 3600 IN A 64.233.179.121
8lbn.com. 3600 IN A 72.14.207.121

ਲਫ਼ਜ਼ਾਂ ਦਾ ਸੇਵਾਦਾਰ said...

vin u r doing great job

i have a blog http://lafzandapul.blogspot.com

i have purchased a domain www.lafzandapul.com at godaddy.com

i have created cname as told by blogger. but my blog is not opening at domain

can u check what is the problem and what next i should do to solve it.

Vin said...

ਲਫ਼ਜ਼ਾਂ ਦਾ ਸੇਵਾਦਾਰ,

On checking I am getting :

lafzandapul.com. A IN 68.178.232.100
www.lafzandapul.com. CNAME IN lafzandapul.com.

Change it to :

lafzandapul.com. A IN 216.239.32.21
lafzandapul.com. A IN 216.239.34.21
lafzandapul.com. A IN 216.239.38.21
lafzandapul.com. A IN 216.239.36.21
www.lafzandapul.com. CNAME IN ghs.google.com.

ਲਫ਼ਜ਼ਾਂ ਦਾ ਸੇਵਾਦਾਰ said...

should i use all the 4 ips or these are alternative options i could not understand.

Vin said...

ਲਫ਼ਜ਼ਾਂ ਦਾ ਸੇਵਾਦਾਰ,

You have to add all those four A records and one CNAME record.

ਲਫ਼ਜ਼ਾਂ ਦਾ ਸੇਵਾਦਾਰ said...

thank you very much sir. i am trying this let you know as it works.

ਲਫ਼ਜ਼ਾਂ ਦਾ ਸੇਵਾਦਾਰ said...

thanks vin now my blog is working on my domain. realy gr8 full to you for this.

now one more problem is that my blog address is not redirected to my domain. when in i browse it http://lafzandapul.blogspot.com it says not found. i need this redirections becoz i have created many links. on clicking these links user is redirected to some related post link posted on same blog (for example http://lafzandapul.blogspot.com/2008/12/blog-post_29.html). but becoz blog is not redirected to that link so it does not open and the same massege appears 'the page cannot be displayed' can u help me to solve this problem.

Vin said...

ਲਫ਼ਜ਼ਾਂ ਦਾ ਸੇਵਾਦਾਰ,

Go to :

Settings----->Publishing---->Click Switch to Blogspot.com---->Type in
Word Verification correctly----->Save settings.

Check by clicking View Blog link at top. It should go to the
blogspot.com address.

Then click Custom Domains on same tab------>Click Advanced
Settings----->In Your Domain field type 'www.lafzandapul.com' without
quotes and then the word verification correctly and save settings.

ਲਫ਼ਜ਼ਾਂ ਦਾ ਸੇਵਾਦਾਰ said...

thaks vin 4 ur continious support.

i did this many times but still not working.

when i try to open http://lafzandapul.blogspot.com

this massege 'The page cannot be displayed' appears. can it be solved.

Vin said...

ਲਫ਼ਜ਼ਾਂ ਦਾ ਸੇਵਾਦਾਰ,

I see only two A records :

;; QUESTION SECTION:
;lafzandapul.com. IN A

;; ANSWER SECTION:
lafzandapul.com. 3600 IN A 216.239.32.21
lafzandapul.com. 3600 IN A 216.239.34.21

and the CNAME record is not set to ghs.google.com :

www.lafzandapul.com. CNAME IN lafzandapul.com.

Admin said...

hello vin.

i so need your help im going insane in what 2 do.

i registered britneyaddiction for britneyuk.blogspot.com through blogger and that registered with godaddy.

i keep gettin blog not found
and
when i type my own domain name into the publishing section and enter the word verification it comes up with the error message another blog is already registered

I give up in what to do
please help me
thanks
Nigel.

Vin said...

Admin,

First Login to Godaddy. Then add this A record :

britneyaddiction.com. 3600 IN A 216.239.32.21

Do not delete the other A records.

Then login at Blogger.com and Go to :

Settings----->Publishing---->Click Switch to Blogspot.com---->Type in
Word Verification correctly----->Save settings.

Check by clicking View Blog link at top. It should go to the
blogspot.com address.

Then click Custom Domains on same tab------>Click Advanced
Settings----->In Your Domain field type 'www.britneyaddiction.com' without
quotes and then the word verification correctly and save settings.

Admin said...

hiya thanks for gettin back to me.

i feel such a dummie lol

i log in to dns server for go daddy
then add new a record

is hostname: britneyaddiction.com
ip address: 216.239.32.21

where do i put .3600 In A at lol

Vin said...

Admin,

Put 3600 under 'TTL'. See :

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The Brotha's said...

Hi Vin,

I tried both options for the dns settings and i am unsuccessful in attempting to get my blog to my domain www.thebrothas216.com

Vin said...

The Brotha's,

When I check I get :

No A records exist for thebrothas216.com

No CNAME records exist for www.thebrothas216.com

The Brotha's said...

Wow thats weird. i put them in and they are still entered in the boxes currently. I received a message from netrillium and they told me i needed nameservers instead. Is this true?

Vin said...

The Brotha's,

Is your domain bought from Google/Blogger? If so check if you got an email confirming your purchase on the day you bought it.

If you got the email you have to login at enom.com by clicking the link in the email. Then you can change the A and CNAME records.

Nameservers are not required to be changed. Only CNAME and A records have to be changed as shown in above post.

The Brotha's said...

My domain is through Netrillium.

Vin said...

The Brotha's,

Ask them if they allow you to change CNAME and A records for your domain.

Do not change nameserver records.

ਲਫ਼ਜ਼ਾਂ ਦਾ ਸੇਵਾਦਾਰ said...

hey vin thanks for your continous support.

my 1st blog is http://lafzandapul.blogspot.com
which is i am hosting at domain name www.lafzandapul.com by go daddy.

now i want to host my other blogs using sub-domain of above domain.
e.g. i have a blog
http://ldpsangeet.blogspot.com
i want to host it as
www.sangeet.lafzandapul.com

i am unable to set A and Cname recodrs for that tell me how coul i do this.

Vin said...

ਲਫ਼ਜ਼ਾਂ ਦਾ ਸੇਵਾਦਾਰ,

First step is to create the subdomain :

sangeet.lafzandapul.com

Then set the CNAME for it to :

www.sangeet.lafzandapul.com CNAME IN ghs.google.com.


sangeet.lafzandapul.com CNAME IN ghs.google.com.

Ivan said...

Hi Vin;

I recently purchased my own domain name from blogger. Apparently, it takes 3 days for the redirection take effect.

I can now access my blog from the custom domain but when I type my blogspot.com url, while my blog could still be seen and read, the url remains with the blogspot.com

My blog addresses are:

ckliio9.blogspot.com
ckliio9.com

Please help and thanks in advance

Vin said...

Ivan,

Login to your domain manager.

Then change the A record for your domain from :

ckliio9.com. 1800 IN A 216.239.32.21

TO :

ckliio9.com. 1800 IN A 216.239.32.21
ckliio9.com. 1800 IN A 216.239.34.21
ckliio9.com. 1800 IN A 216.239.36.21
ckliio9.com. 1800 IN A 216.239.38.21

Then login at Blogger.com and Go to :

Settings----->Publishing---->Click Switch to Blogspot.com---->Type in
Word Verification correctly----->Save settings.

Check by clicking View Blog link at top. It should go to the
blogspot.com address.

Then click Custom Domains on same tab------>Click Advanced
Settings----->In Your Domain field type 'www.ckliio9.com' without
quotes and then the word verification correctly and save settings.

Ivan said...

What can I say dude?

You're just the best out there!

Thanks, it's working now :)

MarieDenee said...

Vin is most definitely THE BLOG DOCTOR! thank you so much for holdeing my hand through this tiring process! You are tooo fab!and I am extremely appreciative! Thank you!
I lost one of my blog rolls... I will wait a couple of days to see what happens ... but thank you sooooooooo much!

Vin said...

MarieDenee,

Keep up with the latest in Blogging by becoming a Blog Member.

carma said...

with Blogger to Custom Domain, will I lose my Technorati rank/links?

Thanks.

Vin said...

Carma,

Yes. Since for them it is a new link.

e-swastya said...

Hey , Ok i had a blog on bloggers and now i switched to my own custom domain . in the last two days . in you other post you told me to change my DNS settings... i have logged my domain but still could not understand what it is ..and whaty to change and what to do .. can you help me Vini ..
my old blogpost is http://e-swastya.blogspot.com
my new add should be http://www.e-swastya.com
Thanks
Sudeep

Vin said...

Sudipi,

Login to your domain manager first. Then change the CNAME and A records as shown in above post.

Then in Blogger go to Settings--->Publishing and click Switch to Blogspot.com and save. Then click Custom Domains--->Advanced Settings--->In Your domain field type in www.MYDOMAIN.COM and replace CAPS and save settings.

Balance said...

Hi Vin,

I've been struggling with getting myself setup.

Can you confirm a couple of things for me please. Firstly what are the A records that I need - the IP addresses I see listed (216.239.32.21 etc) are pingable but don't respond to nslookup and are not the same IP as that for ghs.google.com so I'm confused as to whether they are still correct.

Also, is the mydomain.com part of the A record entered with or without a '.' on the end - I see it in the examples but I'm really confused.

Many thanks

Susith De Silva said...

Dear The Blog Doctor,

Help me in this situation. I still my site is not working on www.sanhidatech.info.

Pls tell me what are the CNAME record and A record for the www.sanhidatech.info. ?

My blog is sanhidainfo.blogspot.com.

After changing the CNAME and A record how long I want to wait to change the blogger settong? pls help me..

Susith

Susith De Silva said...

Pls help me on this, I can't use my custom DNS.. here is my blog http://sanhidainfo.blogspot.com and I want to tranfer this to www.sanhidatech.info, I bought DNS from http://www.dns-diy.net

Can u tell me what I want to change for CNAME and A records for www.sanhidatech.info, here is setting now I have done -->

host = www
type = CNAME
data = ghs.google.com
ttl = 3600

is that correct..? but when I type my custom domain in brower it says "Address Not Found", and also when I tried to ping www.sanhidatech.info but it says "Ping request could not find host www.sanhidatech.info"

pls tell me A record for www.sanhidatech.info. I don't know what is the IP address I should put into for A record and CNAME?

After I changed in my CNAME and A records in DNS Control panel, how long I want to wait for to do the setting for Blogger-->Publishing settings?

when lookup quick DNS check it says "We did not find any name server records for 'www.sanhidatech.info'. The closest match was 'sanhidatech.info.' and that name server did not have any records for 'www.sanhidatech.info'. So that domain does not appear to be valid."

http://pingability.com/zoneinfo.jsp?domain=www.sanhidatech.info


Pls help me how I fix this problem.

Thank you ,
Susith

Vin said...

Susith De Silva,

"sanhidatech.info does not have an IP Address (A) record"

They should be :

sanhidatech.info. A IN 216.239.32.21
sanhidatech.info. A IN 216.239.34.21
sanhidatech.info. A IN 216.239.36.21
sanhidatech.info. A IN 216.239.38.21

www.sanhidatech.info. CNAME IN ghs.google.Com.

Susith De Silva said...

Dear Vin,

Thank you ur reply. I changed all A and CNAME records according to ur message. then I changed in bogger to Custom DNS setting as well,

But I trying to ping www.sanhidatech.info it doesn't work. tell me I have to do some more thing to work out this properly..?

How long it will to take tranfer to custom DNS?

Pls
Thank you,
Susith

Vin said...

Susith De Silva,

I am not seeing any :

"No A/CNAME records exist for sanhidatech.info"

Take the help of your domain registrar to correctly enter the records I have suggested.

max said...

Hi there,
I bought a custom domain for my blog and logged in to the google apps and domain manager with Godaddy, But the problem is "I couldn't find exactly where to set CNAME, A Records for my domain". Plzzz help me in this regard.

Tell me about 'What should I have to do after logging in'. Thanks for your instuctions and tips.

with regards,
max.

Vin said...

Max,

What is your domain name and your blogspot address?

max said...

Hi vin,

My Domain is www.hollywood-stars-celebrities.com and my blogspot is hollywood-stars-celebrities.blogspot.com

Vin said...

Max,

Check out the help page here.

Harneet said...

hey

Thanks for the gr8 post... but i am still facing the issue... i did everything written in this article... but my problem is still unsolved. I have dropped a mail to enom support as well as to google support.
if you can share ur email it will be gr8.
thanks
Harneet

Vin said...

Harneet,

What is the original blogspot.com address and the new domain name you bought?

Bharath said...

Will just doing the steps that you mentioned above will be enough to pass pagerank?

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