How to Set up Custom Domain in Blogger(the easy way)

setup custom domain in blogger

Blogspot/Blogger is one of the best platforms for newbies to start a blog for free. It almost has the same flexibility as that of a paid hosting service.

Many bloggers take this path: start a free Blogspot blog> set up a custom domain on Blogger> than finally move to a WordPress hosting.

Bloggers usually take this road because they aren’t sure about blogging yet. So they start out free and begin investing later.

So buying and hosting a custom domain on Blogger is just another test and a step forward.

In this step-by-step guide, I will teach you how you can use a custom domain on Blogger.

Without further ado, let’s get started….

Where Should You Buy your Custom Domain?

There are hundreds of domain registrars where you can buy your domain but that’s what makes it difficult, right?

But don’t look anywhere just go to Godaddy or NameCheap and find your ideal domain there.

Both of them have a simple buying procedure.

But GoDaddy has more payment options. you can pay through Net banking, UPI, Credit card, Debit card or even digital wallets like Paytm. While on NameCheap the available payment methods are international cards, PayPal and account funds including Bitcoin.

How To Set up a Custom Domain on Blogger

No matter where you bought your domain from, the steps are the same.

  1. Select Your Domain

    After you have bought a domain name. Go to it’s DNS settings/manager. You can access your DNS settings from Domain manager.

    Click on the domain you want to connect with Blogger:select custom domain

  2. Go to DNS Manager

    On the next page look for DNS Manager or Manage DNS:manage dns

  3. Edit Domain’s DNS

    Now we need to edit CNAME records. But before that, you need to head to your Blogger account.

    Why?

    Because we need the CNAMEs to enter in your Domain Name System Settings.

    1. Go to Blogger.com > Settings > Basic

    2. Click on “Set up a third-party URL for your blog “ and enter your domain address with www. e.g., www.infosmush.com.

    3. Now you will see an error. Nothing has gone haywire yet. Now you have the two CNAMEs that need to be entered in DNS settings
    blogger CNAME

  4. Enter CNAMEs

    Now add the two CNAMEs you got from Blogger to your DNS as shown in the image below:

    add cnames

  5. Save

    Go back to Blogger and hit the Save button.

    Now all you Blogspot URLs are automatically being redirected to the custom domain URLs.
    blogger custom domain
    But when you enter your domain address without www you’ll notice that it’s not automatically redirected to www.customdomain.com.

    The solution is in the next step.

  6. Set up WWW Redirect

    In the DNS manager, add a domain-forward as shown in the image below:domain forward
    Now when users enter customdomain.com they will be redirected to www.customdomain.com.

  7. Enable HTTPS & HTTPS Redirect

    Make sure you have enabled HTTPS and HTTPS Redirect is on. HTTPS allows data transfer over secured protocol and is also good for SEO.enable blogger https

  8. Caution

    Don’t add any other records in your DNS unless you know what you are doing.

After you have taken all the steps your site will be up and running in no time. And finally, your blog will look more professional.

Like I mentioned before Blogger is good if you are still don’t know what you want to and don’t really want to risk money in buying WordPress hosting.

Which is okay. I know many bloggers will say that “you should buy WordPress hosting”, “move to WordPress”. Because of how awesome it is.

Some even make it sound like if you migrate to WordPress you will automatically start getting thousands of visitors.

Which is definitely not true.

Yeah, WordPress is much more powerful than blogger and other blogging platforms.

But in the end, you are the one who will have to do the work.

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