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How to Setup a Custom Domain in Blogger with Godaddy.com

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Learn how to add or setup a Custom Domain in Blogger and how to add CNAME and A-Records to your GoDaddy.com Account to make the domain active.

By default, your blog will be hosted on blogspot.com (example.blogspot.com).

But if you wish you can setup or host a custom domain (www.example.com or sub.example.com) with your Blogger Blog. Follow the steps below

Step #1: Purchase a Custom Domain

Before you move your blog to a custom domain, you have to purchase a domain name from the companies like GoDaddy.com, EasyDNS.com or others. Or if you’ve already purchased a domain, you can setup the domain with your blog.

Step #2: Setup your Custom Domain

If you’ve purchased a domain from GoDaddy.com, then setup the domain with your blog following the steps below

#1: Add the Domain Name to your Blog

  1. Sign in to Blogger with your Google Account.
  2. In the left menu, click Settings > Basic.
  3. In the “Publishing” section, click + Setup a 3rd party URL for your blog.
  4. Type the url of the domain, including www (e.g. www.example.com).
  5. Click Save.

An error will appear with two CNAMEs. The first CNAME is the same for everyone and the second CNAME is particular to your blog.

Third party Domain settings on Blogger with two CNAMEs

#2: Add CNAME and A-Records to your GoDaddy Account

  1. Now, sign in to your GoDaddy.com account. Make sure you are on My Products page (https://mya.godaddy.com).
    My Domains on My Products page in GoDaddy

    1. Click DOMAINS Godaddy Domains icon. A list of all domains will appear.
    2. Click Manage DNS of the domain you want to add to your blog.
  2. Make sure the domain is using default nameservers, otherwise you will not able to add CNAME and other records.
  3. You probably will see a CNAME with www as host and @ as points to already exists in the zone. To enter the first CNAME, you have to edit this record —
    • Click Edit Edit icon in GoDaddy DNS.
    • Enter ghs.google.com in the Points to field.
    • Click Save.
  4. To enter the second CNAME, you have to add a new record. In the Records table, click ADD.
    Add a CNAME Record in GoDaddy DNS

    • Type: CNAME.
    • Host: hqzzzn56a3ri (as an example).
    • Points to: gv-oc7x5vzzzqxirt.dv.googlehosted.com (as an example).
    • Click Save.
  5. Now add four separate A-records one-by-one pointing to four different Google IPs.
    • 216.239.32.21
      216.239.34.21
      216.239.36.21
      216.239.38.21
    • To add an A-record, click ADD again, then fill in the fields as the image below —
      Add an A-Record in GoDaddy DNS
Note: You may need to wait for 5 minutes to 4 hours for this changes to reflect globally.

#3: Save your Custom domain on Blogger

Now back to your Blogger Dashboard and try to Save your custom domain once again. If all CNAME and A-Records are correctly entered in your GoDaddy DNS Manager, this time it should be saved successfully.

Note: You may wait up to 24 hours to see your blog with custom domain on the Internet.

#4: Redirect non www Visitors to www

If visitors visit your site without www (example.com), they might see a wrong page. To fix this problem, you have to redirect example.com to www.example.com on your Blogger dashboard.

  1. Go to Settings > Basic > Blog Address.
  2. In Blog Address, click Edit.
  3. Check “Redirect example.com to www.example.com”.

Redirect non www Visitors to www