How to Add A Custom Domain on Blogger?

 What is a blogger?

Blogger is a Google platform for bloggers around the world. It's a multi-user platform where users can publish blog posts. It's a google hosted platform, so no hosting or domain required to open a blogger account. That means you can have a .blogspot.com domain name and host with a blogger dashboard for free. Blogger was first developed by Pyra Labs, which was bought by Google in 2003. 

How to Add A Custom Domain on Blogger?

Though Google does offer free .blogspot.com domain for free, users can add a custom top-level domain on blogger. You don't need to pay hosting charges from now.  

How to Add A Custom Domain on Blogger?

Connect to your custom domain from Blogger 

  1. Sign in to the Blogger account.
  2. Select the blog you want to add a custom domain.
  3. On the left side, click on Settings.
  4. Under "Publishing," click "+ Setup a 3rd party URL for your blog".
  5. Type the URL of the domain you've purchased from the third party.
  6. Add www. before your domain name.
  7. Click on Save.

You'll see an error with two CNAMEs setting information.
Don't worry about the error, just go for two CNAMEs.
       -- Name, Label, or Host: Enter the name as the subdomain, like "blog." or "www." For                destination, enter "ghs.googlehosted.com."
       -- Destination, Target, or Points to, This is different for each person and is specific to your blog and your Google Account.

    8. Go to your domain provider where you bought your domain. Find the DNS (Domain Name                     System) settings in the control panel of your domain provider.
    9. Under "Name, Label or Host," type the subdomain you entered in the previous step.
    10. Under "Destination", Target or Points to," type "ghs.googlehosted.com."
    11. Enter details for the second CNAME, which are specific to your blog and Google Account.
    12. Wait for at least an hour for your DNS settings to activate.

How to Add www. to your custom domain?

To change your newly added domain (example: howtodohacks.com) to www.howtodohacks.com, add  A-records that point to Google IPs. Follow the steps: 
  1. Go to your domain name provider’s website. In my cause, I am going to NameCheap. 
  2. Open your domain DNS settings.
  3. Add four A-records that point to Google IPs as shown in the video.

216.239.32.21
216.239.34.21
216.239.36.21
216.239.38.21

    4. Go to your Blogger account.
    5. Select the blog you want to update.
    6. On the left, click Settings and then Basic.
    7. Under "Publishing," under "Blog Address," check Redirect [howtodohacks.com to                                   www.howtodohacks.com].

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