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How To Add A Custom Domain To A Blogger Blog

July 8, 2014

Have you been wanting to do this? Now is the time to start making it happen!

Perhaps you have an existing blog on Blogger? And you want to add a custom domain?
Perhaps you want to set up a new Blogger blog (making the most of Blogger’s free hosting!) but you fancy a custom domain (like www.blogwithpip.com) instead of a Blogger web address (like blogwithpip.blogspot.com, for instance!) You can do that. It’s a bit fiddly, but you can ask for help from your domain  name registrar to get the settings right or you can DIY, like I did in the video below.

1. Register your domain or log in to your domain name reseller/registrar account
2. Watch the video and play along!
3. If it doesn’t work, don’t freak out. Keep trying like I did!
4. Know that your blog will be sitting safely on its usual Blogspot address until you get it right
5. Know that if it hasn’t worked within a 3 hour time frame, something’s wrong with your settings
6. When I had the settings correctly inputted, it worked within 3 minutes!
7. Try all the different options Blogger/Google suggests, one of them is bound to work!
8. Sorry Blogger/Google did not make this easier for us!
9. The process will be different for each hosting company – persevere, have a poke around and work it out!

Let me show you how or you can check out Google/Blogger’s own How-To Guide here or look at another way I did this in the screenshots down below.

Password for this video is: wiggle

NB: In the video I said I’d show you how I got it right in the post below, but I actually added it into the end of the video to make things neater. Sorry for the confusion!

Here’s an example of how I did this with DreamHost too. Excuse the ugly screenshots, if you please!

1. Login to Dreamhost

1. Login to Dreamhost AND hit Manage Domains

 

2. Select DNS

2. Select DNS

 

3. Enter New A Records : Choose A Records in the dropdown box and enter the A Records Google provides

3. Enter New A Records : Choose A Records in the dropdown box and enter the A Records Google provides

 

4. The A Name Records Will Show Like This : Add the C Name Records Too

4. The A Name Records Will Show Like This : Add the C Name Records Too

 

5. And the other C Name Record

5. And the other C Name Record

 

6. I added the TXT file verification code too

6. I added the TXT file verification code too

 

7. How do you get the TXT code? Head back to Blogger...they give you a link where you can access Google Webmaster Tools and generate a TXT verification code

7. How do you get the TXT code? Head back to Blogger…they give you a link where you can access Google Webmaster Tools and generate a TXT verification code

 

8. ... it all looked like this.

8. … it all looked like this in DreamHost’s DNS area

 

9. ... it was all connected and ready to go. Success!

9. … it was all connected and ready to go. Success!

10. Here is my empty new Blogger blog sitting on its own custom domain!

10. Here is my empty new Blogger blog sitting on its own custom domain!

 

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