Owning a custom domain is very common in the blogging circle. There are various domain registrars which you can purchase a custom domain from. A lot of bloggers actually purchase their domain fro GoDaddy, so do I. Thus, I am going to show you step by step on how to map your GoDaddy custom domain to blogger.
Not sure how many of you remember I actually use Weebly as my blogging platform. Yes, I have migrated to Blogger last two weeks. Further details on blog migration will be shared on next post. Back to the point, since I migrated to Blogger, meaning I have to re-map my domain to my new blogging platform. Basically, it is totally the same steps for those who never map domain to Blogger. Now, let’s check the steps below.
1. Purchase your domain
The first thing, for sure, is purchasing your domain. Think of a domain name and key in on GoDaddy. By the way, I will suggest you to Google search “GoDaddy” instead of going directly into GoDaddy’s main page. This is because you may get discounted price through Google ads. (**I actually got my second and third domains with only RM3.25/year.)
2. Verify your domain on Blogger
After purchasing the domain, login to your Blogger account to verify your domain. Go Settings >> Basic >> Publishing, click “Set up 3rd party URL for your blog”, then, key in your domain which you have purchased. In my case, I keyed in “www.childish-paroles.com”. Then, click “Save”.
You will see an error, saying not able to verify your domain. Do not panic! You are absolutely on the right track! You will also notice there are DNS settings and CNAMEs under the error sentence. Leave it there and proceed to the following steps.
3. Manage DNS in GoDaddy domain and add A(Host) Record
Now, login to your GoDaddy account >> My Domain >> Manage DNS >> DNS Zone File.
Search the A(Host) section (the first on DNS Zone File), delete all records (if any).
Then add the following 4 records one by one:
Place “@“ on Host, then the four addresses on Point To. Remember to save changes.
Sometimes, it may fail to save record. If that’s the case, you would have to re-do step 3.
4. Add CNAMEs
After adding A(Host) record, find CNAMEs section. Under CNAMEs, you will see three records there. Find “www” on Host, click edit, leave the page there. Now go back to your Blogger’s page. Copy the first row of “Destination, Target, or Point To field” and paste it on the GoDaddy’s “Point To” record which I have mentioned to leave it just now.
After that, add new record. Again, go back to your Blogger’s page, but this time you would need to copy the second row. Add “Name, Label, or Host field” to Host, then “Destination, Target, or Point To field” to “Point To”. Example as shown below. After done, remember to save changes again.
5. Re-verify your domain on Blogger
After saving all changes, go back to Blogger, click save on the “Publishing” section.
By now, you should be able to save the setting. Click “Edit”, check the box to redirect your domain and save the settings.
Now, your blog should be visible at your new domain!
Supposedly, you will be able to view your blog at your domain immediately after saving change. If you don’t, please wait for 1 hour for uptime. Re-check all the steps if your blog is not up after one hour.
Leave me a comment if you have encountered any issue to setup your domain on Blogger.
Note: Screenshots are taken as at September 2015. The interface may different from your current interface.