Jan 5, 2016

How To Set Up Custom Domain for Blogger?

Our web today is a wonderful place. It's increasingly become a knowledge hub for strollers around the globe. And you know what the best part is? It does not have a religion, race or color, that's where perhaps its strength lies in. Point being, no matter what you are after, from details of products to how to use them, from fruit varieties to language origins, from how to hack Facebook account to how to set up a custom domain name in Blogger. Each and everything is there, in abundance and easily available.

Now I know you are here to understand how you can setup/host your custom domain on your Blogger account? One of the best things about Blogger is that it does not push you to host your site with blogger. It is entirely your own choice to choose from either of two hosting plans 'hosting on BlogSpot' with address myblog.blogspot.com, or going with a custom domain with address myblog.com but i was surprised to see that some people didn’t know you could set up a custom domain name on your Blogger account to make your blog your own. You don’t have to be stuck with a “myblog.blogspot.com” website address, so for those of you that don’t know how to set this up, I am going to show you how to setup custom domain in blogger using step by step guide.

I realize that this looks daunting, but I promise it really isn’t, and once you set it up you won’t need to worry about it anymore. Having your own custom domain name is one of the main things I always recommend a blogger do for various reasons, which are mentioned below.

  1. It looks much more professional and shows that you take your blog seriously.
  2. It’s easier for others to remember.
  3. You can set up your own email addresses using the domain name to stay consistent.
  4. You own it which means you can move it anywhere with you. If you decide to move off of Blogger or decide that maybe one day you’d like to change your brand/blog to something a little different, you can do that easily.


Before you do this, you will need to register a domain name. You can use any registrar you like, but I prefer GoDaddy and in this example I am going to show you how to do this using GoDaddy.com. For custom domains from other sites, the steps are almost same, so don't vanish.

Okay, now that you’ve got your domain registered, it’s time to put it to use. I’ve outlined this the best I can so follow along with me…

Setting Up Blogger Custom Domain

Step 1. Login to your Blogger account at www.blogger.com.

Step 2. Click on your blog and then go to "Settings", choose "Basic".

blogger custom domain full set up guide

Step 3. Under "Publishing" section, click "+ Setup a 3rd party URL for your blog".

Step 4. Under "Third-party domain settings" next to "http://" type your domain that you just purchased and make sure that you don't forget to add the "www" prefix to the domain name.

set up custom domain in blogger

Step 5. Click "View settings instructions" to get the blogger's official instructions. On the Blogger instruction page, choose the "On a top-level domain (www.example.com)" option.

setting up custom domain in blogger
Step 6. Under the point 9 of instructions, 4 IP addresses will be given, copy and save all 4 of them.

Step 7. Go back to your Blogger Settings and press Save. It won't get saved and an error will appear saying 'We have not been able to verify your authority to this domain. Error 32.'

complete guide for setting up blogger custom domain

Step 8. Under the error, you will see two fields "Name, Label or Host Field" and "Destination, target, or Points To" field. Copy data of both rows from these fields.

Step 9. Now log in to your GoDaddy.com account and click on "My account" on the upper right corner > select "Manage my Domains".

godaddy manage domains setup custom domain

Step 10. Here you should see your purchased domain name > just click on your domain name.

godaddy domains and setting up custom domain in blogger

Step 11. Click on the "DNS Zone File" tab next to Settings and choose "Use Classic DNS Manager".

use classic dns manager

Step 12. Next, click the "Edit" button to edit your DNS Zone File. 

blogger custom domain DNS management

Step 13. Under the "CNAME (Alias)" menu, click "Quick Add" button at the bottom of the screen (see image 1 in the below screnshoot).

Step 14. In the Edit box that now appeared, enter "www" in the first box and "ghs.google.com" in the second.

blogger custom domain set up

Step 15. Click "Quick Add" again and enter details from second row of the data we saved in step 8.

Step 16. Under the "A (Host)" menu, again choose Quick Add (see the below image).

Step 17. Host will be @ and the "Points to" value should be the one provided by Google IPs, saved in step 6 above. These are the Google IPs that you should get:
Step 18. Add all 4 of them one by one and delete old host as you won't need it anymore. 

setting up custom domain in blogger

Step 19. At the top of the page, click on the "Save Zone File" button to save your setings.

Step 20. Now go back to Blogger and try to save settings again. The registration process takes 24-48 hours, so don't worry if you get an error again. Come again later to Blogger after 24-48 hours, repeat step 2 to 4, press Save and the error should be gone.

Step 21. After your URL starts working, click on the "Edit" link next to domain name on setting page.

Step 22. Check the "Redirect... to..." checkbox below your site address to ensure that even if the visitors will miss out the www part, they will still be able to reach your site.

blogger custom domain
Step 23. And that's it. Enjoy your new URL!

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So above guide is about How To Setup Custom Domain in Blogger and we hope this was easy, right? Only a handful of steps and we have successfully completed our mission of adding our custom domain in our blogger account. In case you haven't yet, stay patient wait for 2 days and try again. Or repeat steps 1-22, and make sure you don't miss any. Otherwise your new URL is ready and all set to roam around the wonderful world of web.Do Share.
Thank You! Stay Blessed!

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