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 subdomain with address like as contact.domainname.com or something else but i was surprised to see that some people didn’t know you could set up a custom sub domain name on your Blogger account, which is totally free. 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 sub domain in blogger using step by step guide.
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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 sub domain name is one of the main things I always recommend a blogger do for various reasons, which are mentioned below.
- It looks much more professional and shows that you take your blog seriously.
- It’s easier for others to remember.
- 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.
Remember: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 SubDomainStep 1. Login to your Blogger account at www.blogger.com.
Step 2. Click on your blog and then go to "Settings", choose "Basic".
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 subdomain like as "contact" prefix to the domain name.
Step 5. Click "View settings instructions" to get the blogger's official instructions. On the Blogger instruction page, choose the "On a subdomain (foo.example.com)" option.
Step 6. 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.'
Note : If you have already setup custom "top level domain" (www.domain.com) on blogger then you will not face this error so don't worry skip Step 8. and read step 9.
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".
Step 10. Here you should see your purchased domain name > just click on your domain name.
Step 11. Click on the "DNS Zone File" tab next to Settings and choose "Use Classic DNS Manager".
Step 12. Next, click the "Edit" button to edit your DNS Zone File.
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 your subdomain which you want to use just like as "contact" in the first box and "@" in the second.
Note: If you already using top level domain on blogger then you have to enter only "Contact" in first box and in second fill "@" Under the "CNAME (Alias)" menu.
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).
Note : If you have already setup custom "top level domain" (www.domain.com) on blogger then you will not face this error so don't worry skip Step 17 and step 18.
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.
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. Keep uncheck the "Redirect... to..." checkbox if you are using top level domain like as www.yourdomain.com andif you are not using top level domain then check it.
Step 23. And that's it. Enjoy your new URL!
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