Before I show you the steps to setup BlogSpot custom domain,the real question is why do you need a custom domain for your BlogSpot blog? I will give you two straight-forward answers,
- Your blog looks professional and hence trustworthy.
- If you are planning to monetize your blog,you need a custom domain for that.
Why is there a need to write this post? I am quite aware that multiple people have written about this particular topic and if you search on google,you will find them.But with all due respect,their articles are outdated.I say this based on my experiences because when I was setting up my BlogSpot custom domain,these are the challenges I faced:
- Interface change in GoDaddy Assuming you have purchased your domain name from GoDaddy,the interface of GoDaddy shown in the articles is completely different from what it is today.While not a major issue,but when you’re setting up your domain name for the first time,you will feel completely lost if the article tells you to click on a particular button and the button itself is no longer available in the GoDaddy panel.
- Both www and non-www version of your domain pointing to the same blog This is one thing that took me a long time to understand.The problem is when you buy a domain,for example,nextgenblogger.com,you want both nextgenblogger.com and www.nextgenblogger.com to point to your blog.However,this does not happen automatically after you set up your BlogSpot custom domain.There are additional steps that needs to be followed.
Okay,lets get started.I am assuming you have purchased your domain name from GoDaddy but even if you have not,the steps remain pretty much the same,only the interface changes depending on your internet domain registrar.
Log in to your blogger dashboard,click on ‘Settings’ and than click on ‘Basic’.
On the right hand side,under Publishing,click on ‘Set up a third-party URL for your blog’.
Type the domain name you purchased from GoDaddy in the text box and click on the ‘Save’ button.
Now the moment you click on the ‘Save’ button,you will get a message saying,’We have not been able to verify your authority to this domain’ along with two CNAME records.Make sure you copy those two records.
Now log in to your GoDaddy account and go to My Products.If you do not find My Products,just type the URL shown in the image below and press enter.
In My Products,you will find a section called Domains under which will be listed all the domain names you have purchased from GoDaddy,just go to the domain name which you want to assign to your blogspot blog and click on the DNS option which is present on the right hand side of the domain name.
Once you click on the DNS option,DNS Management page of your selected domain will open.In that page,the first thing you will notice is the Records section.Just click on the ADD button at the end of the Records section.
Now here you need to add the two records which you copied on STEP 4 and click on the Save button.
The moment you click on Save button,both the records will be added to the Records section.Now scroll down the page and locate the Forwarding section.Click on the ADD button which is present right in front of DOMAIN.
Just select the options as shown in the image below except the highlighted portion.There you need to write your domain name.After everything is done just click on the Save button.
That’s it,every thing is almost done now.It will take anywhere between 10 minutes to 4 hours for the changes to take effect.Once the changes successfully takes place,you will see the blogspot domain being redirected to your custom domain in the Blog Address.Now there is only one step left to do.Click on the Edit link which is there in front of your custom domain.
Tick on the checkbox saying ‘Redirect yourdomain.com to www.yourdomain.com and click on the Save button.That’s it you are done with setting up your blogspot custom domain.
Domain names play an important role in any blog’s life.To understand them more deeply,you can read this article here.Do tell me in the comment section below if you’re facing any problem anywhere while following the above guide.Also you are always welcome to point out if i missed something.