If you want a professional looking site, you need a dot com address. Here is how to make your blogspot blog redirect to a custom url.
If your blog is yourname.blogspot.com but you want it to be yourname.com, in this post I am going to show you how to do that. Let me show you how to connect your Blogger.Com account to a custom domain.
Should you buy your domain from Blogger or an independent hosting company?
Although, Blogger does give you a custom domain for a little fee, I highly recommend you buy it from somewhere else. Why put all your eggs in the same basket, right?
Also, it is a lot cheaper.
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Where to get a Custom Domain
Getting a domain is very simple. You just have to search on their site if the name is available and then follow the steps to pay for it.
So go to namecheap.com or godaddy.com or bigrock.com (like I did! my favorite people <3) or any place you like.
In this post, I am going to show you how to use BigRock because that is where I bought my domain from but you can try anyone else you like.
BigRock is my favorite place because I have been using them for a very long time and they never gave me any trouble. I bought my first domain and hosting from them in 2012. Since then, I have bought 3 sites with them and by far, they are the least hassle.
For hosting too they are very reliable and easy to manage. I’ve tried a lot of different hosting companies in the past 12 years but for domains, I stick to BigRock.
How to move your blogspot blog to a custom domain
After buying your domain, open blogger.com in another tab. Sign in to your account and go to settings.
In the settings tab, go to Basic settings and see your blog address in the publishing area. (see picture above).
Change the address in third party settings to yourname.com. Click save. It will say ‘We have been unable to verify your settings’, followed by the missing records.
Switch back to BigRock and scroll down to find DNS settings. In that create a CNAME record
How to create a CNAME
When you changed your domain from yourname.blogspot.com to yourname.com and clicked SAVE in Blogger, you may have seen the above screen.
Where to find your DNS settings
For the Value, copy from your blogger settings or just type in ghs.google.com
For the TTL, write a number like I have done. TTL is the number of seconds it takes before your site is checked again. (You can copy the same number I have written, no problem.)
Click save. You have created your first CNAME record. You should see this picture below.
Now, you have to make another CNAME record for the second values.
Just follow the same steps as above.
- Click add a CNAME record and fill in the values but this time in place of www, you will fill in the second hist name that blogger gave you.
- In place of ghs.google.com you will fill in the second value.
- Write the TTL just as you wrote the previous one and then click save.
Switch back to the blogger tab. Hit save to that box. This time it will show this screen.
Your site will not INSTANTLY start working. It will take a few hours (1-24hrs) to populate. Come back after sometime. Generally it starts working after 30 minutes to upto an hour. (Don’t panic unless it has been 24hrs!)
If for some reason it hasn’t redirected, check the above steps to see if you followed them correctly or not.
That is it. YOU are now yourname.com. Congratulations!
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