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Last Updated: Jul 14, 2014 06:10AM EDT

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Setting up a custom domain with Google

If you would like to use a custom domain with your Google blog you will need to accomplish the following steps:

  • Step 1 - please log in to your Blogger account and go to More options > Settings (Pic.1):

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Go to More options >> Settings in your Blogger account.

 

  • Step 2 - on Settings page choose Basic from the left-panel menu and click Add a custom domain (Pic.2):

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Click Add a custom domain to connect your existing domain with your blog.
 
  • Step 3 - enter your domain name with www into the empty field and click Save (Pic.3). After this you will see two CNAME records which you need to set on our side:

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You will receive an error message with DNS settings (two CNAME records) which should be made for your domain.

You will receive an error message notifying you that in order to use a custom domain for your blog you need to set certain DNS records on your registrar's side.


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Setting up a custom domain on our side

Important! Please note that if you still haven't verified your domain with Google you will need to do this before setting the needed DNS records on our side. Otherwise you will not be able to complete all the required steps. In order to do this please just click on the link you can see below (Pic.4 - highlighted in red) and you will be redirected to the verification procedure:

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If you haven't verified your domain yet you can still start verification procedure on this step.

You can find more detailed description of domain verification procedure here (steps 5-13).


To create the required DNS records:

1)    log in to your DomainName account;

2)    choose Domains > My domains in menu line;

3)    click DNS button on new-opened page:



 

4)    you can see a table with four columns on DNS Management page : Host Name, Record Type, Address and Priority. Set first CNAME here: please enter “www” in Host Name field, choose CNAME (Alias) record type, put “ghs.google.com” into Address field (Pic.5):

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Create the required CNAME records on DNS Management page in your DomainName account.

6) Attention! Second CNAME record consists of two unique strings (string 1 and string 2 on the picture 6) which are different for every domain. So the strings you can see on the pictures 3 and 4 are shown just for example. In your case you will get the right strings  for your second CNAME record after you accomplish the Step 3.
Set second CNAME on your DNS Management page: please enter string 1 in Host Name field, choose CNAME (Alias) record type, put string 2 into Address field (Pic.7).

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Create the second CNAME record using unique string you recieved previously in your Google Blogger account.

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Create second CNAME record using unique strings generated specifically for your domain in your Google Blogger account.


7) after you set CNAME records please wait until these changes take effect. Usually DNS records are updated in 30 minutes.

8) then enter your custom domain name with www again and click Save (Pic.3). If you receive a warning message it means that your DNS records are not updated properly yet. Please wait for some more time and try saving your custom domain again.

From now on your custom domain will be used as your blog address and the old URL will be also redirected to it. Please note that it can take up to 24 hours until this redirect starts working.


The following DNS records are optional:
 

1) for example, you can make URL Redirect record from your naked domain to www. In this case if somebody enters your domain without www in browser address line he will be redirected to your actual blog address with www.
Please go to your DNS Management page in your DomainName account, enter @ as a Host Name, choose URL Redirect as a Record Type, put www.yourdomain.com into the Address field (please replace yourdomain.com with your domain name);

2) you can also set the following "A" records to point your domain to Google's IPs:
 

In addition you can make the following A records to point your domain to Google IP's.


You can find more details on this topic in Google Blogger troubleshooter here.


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