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25-Jul-2013

Blogger Custom Domain Name Setup Guide

Blogger is one of the most popular blogging services online.

We know that quite a few of our customers use Blogger for their blogs and we wanted to create this tutorial to help you use the Blogger custom domain name functionality.

There are lots of advantages to having a custom domain name:

You'll be more visible in the search engines – Mainly because you're using a top level domain, not a subdomain!
You'll be using a much shorter, much more memorable domain name or URL, which should help return visitors find your site.
Your website will appear much more professional. People are more likely to take your content seriously if you've invested a small amount in your site.
You have full access to your DNS and can therefore create Email Addresses or Subdomains for different services.

Firstly, you'll need to register a domain name, which you can do using our industry leading domain name search here.

All you need to do is choose the domain name you want, add to basket and checkout!

If you're looking for some tips on what your domain name should be, why not read some of our advice:

How to Choose a Domain Name?

We've created this video tutorial to show you every step that needs to be taken when using a custom domain name with Blogger.

Don't forget to click the Fullscreen button in the bottom right corner of the video to make things clearer. You can also use the Cog icon to up the quality to 720p HD!

Now you've got your domain name you can follow these steps to get your domain name pointing towards your Blogger blog:

1. Login to your Domainmonster.com account.
2. Select the domain name that you want to use with your Blogger blog and click the Manage button on the right hand side of the page.
3. Click the ‘Manage DNS’ option in the centre of the screen.
4. Check the box next to the ‘A record’ with the Hostname www.
5. Now click the ‘Save DNS Updates’ button at the bottom of the screen.
6. Next, in the ‘Add Record’ section, click the first drop down menu and select ‘1’.
7. In the next drop down menu, choose the ‘CNAME’ option.
8. In the ‘Alias’ field, simply enter “www” (without quotation marks).
9. In the ‘Address’ field, simply enter “ghs.google.com” (without quotation marks).
10. Now click the ‘Add Record’ button just below these fields.
11. Next, you'll need to make sure that the ‘A’ box is checked in the ‘Update Records’ part of the screen.
12. You'll be shown one ‘A’ record, which has no ‘Hostname’.
13. Delete the contents of the ‘IP Address’ field and enter “216.239.32.21” (without quotation marks).

Congratulations! You've now done everything you need to set up your DNS for a Blogger custom domain.

You need to allow up to 8 hours for these changes to take effect. Often it happens much faster, but any DNS change can take time, so be prepared to wait a little while before moving on to the next steps.

Next we need to head over to Blogger and let them know that you’re using a custom domain for your blog:

1. Log into your Blogger account.
2. Select the blog that you wish to use your custom domain name with.
3. Click the ‘Settings’ option from the left hand menu.
4. Now, in the ‘Publishing’ section, click the ‘Add a custom domain’ link.
5. Type your domain name (including www.) into the text box.
6. Check the box marked ‘Redirect [Domain] to www.[Domain]’.
7. Click the ‘Save’ button.

[If you get an error and another CNAME record is listed, simply follow steps 6 – 10 from the earlier part of this article, substituting the Alias and Address fields for the fields provided by Google, and then repeat the Blogger steps.]

And there you have it!

Your domain name is now linked with your Blogger blog.

Please allow up to 48 hours for these changes to be finalised before seeking further assistance.

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