Blogspot Walkthrough: How to Use Custom Domain from Name.com

Sunday, March 18, 2012 Stef dela Cruz 4 Comments

Yes, you have a blogspot blog, but how do you use a custom domain for a Blogspot blog? This guide is solely for those who purchased their custom domains from Name.com and are now ready to use custom domains on Blogspot blogs (Blogger).

Use Custom Domain from Name.com on Blogspot Blog

Of course, it’s a given that you should have a Blogger (Blogspot) account and a Name.com account as well. In your Blogger account, open a Blogspot blog. In your Name account, purchased your own custom domain. Don’t forget to pay for WhoIs privacy as well. Oh, and there are promo coupons for Name.com that you can use – they can give you FREE Whois privacy and up to 50% discounts on your custom domain purchase, depending on the promos available.

Once you have both a Blogspot blog and a custom domain purchased from Name.com, you are ready to use a custom domain on your Blogspot blog!

How to Use Custom Domain from Name.com on Blogspot Blogs

  • Sign in to your Blogger account. On the Dashboard, click on the “Settings” tab of the Blogspot blog where you want to use the custom domain that you purchased from Name.com. Then, click on the Publishing tab.

    Blogger Publishing custom domainClick on the “Custom Domain” option. On the new page, click on the link that says, “Switch to advanced settings” right beside “Already own a domain?”.

    Advanced Settings Custom Domain Blogspot
    Then, type in the custom domain that you purchased from Name.com in the field. Remember to type in “www” before the domain URL! Leave everything else as is. Type in the captcha code that tries to verify you are human (hehe), and click on the Save Settings button.

    We’re not done here. The page will then refresh. Now, check the box right beside the option that asks you to redirect your naked URL (without the “www”) to your complete URL (with the “www”).
  • Log on to your Name.com account. Click on the custom domain that you want to use for your Blogspot blog. A new page will appear with the details of the domain you clicked on. On the right side is the control panel. Click on DNS Record Management.
  • A new page will appear showing the DNS records of your custom domain on Name.com.

    DNS record management name

  • On this page, click on the options under the Record Type, and choose CNAME. On the field right next to it (under Record Host), write “www” (without the quotes). On the field after that (under Record Answer), type the following:

    ghs.google.com
    and on the field next to it (under TTL), type

    3600
    then, click on the Add Record button.
  • Next, click on the options under the Record Type, and choose A. On the field right next to it (under Record Host), write nothing. On the field after that (under Record Answer), type the following:

    216.239.32.21
    and on the field next to it (under TTL), type

    1800
    then, click on the Add Record Button.
  • Repeat the step above and create three more A records. This time, use the information under the Record Answer field to create three other A records:

    216.239.34.21
    216.239.36.21
    216.239.38.21
    and always use “1800” for the TTL field.

    The steps above should help you set up your CNAME record and A records.
  • Next, go back to the page where your custom domain information is shown by clicking on the link on the right upper side of your screen. Click on the URL Forwarding link.
  • On the URL Forwarding page, you will see a notification telling you that your custom domain has not been enabled for URL forwarding. Simply click on the link that says “Enable URL Forwarding”. A new page will appear.
  • On that page, type in the URL of your Blogspot blog corresponding to the “point to” field. Your URL should appear like this:

    http://NAMEOFYOURBLOGSPOTBLOG.blogspot.com
    Just make sure you type in the name of your Blogspot blog.
  • Leave the second field as is. This field shows that you are “using” masked URL forwarding.
  • On the third field which corresponds to the “Page Title”, type in the name of your custom domain WITH “www”, such as shown below:

    www.YOURCUSTOMDOMAIN.com
  • You are done setting up at Name.com! You are DONE!

Now, you have successfully set up your blog. You are now using the custom domain that you bought from Name.com on your Blogspot blog. Congratulations! And if you know of a better way to use custom domain from Name.com on Blogspot blogs, let me know. Leave a comment if the above guide is not working for you and I will try my best to help you. But if these steps on using a custom domain from Name on a Blogspot blog has worked for you, let me know as well!

Stef dela CruzAbout the blogger
Stef dela Cruz is a doctor and writer. She received the 2013 Award for Health Media from the Department of Health. She maintains a health column in Health.Care Magazine and contributes to The Manila Bulletin. Add her to your circles.

4 comments:

  1. Waaah! I was struggling into figuring this one out noon Stef! Glad you posted this for those who need it esp doon sa mapupunta sa situation ko when I first got my domain. :)

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  2. Oh, too bad I got around to doing this just now! :/ I actually wanted to do it since I'm getting a whole slew of custom domains from name.com and I wanted to make sure I always knew how to do it. Hehe. But the next time you buy another custom domain from name.com, you can always revert back to this. ;)

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  3. Hey thanks for sharing this info! I'm actually planning to buy a domain for my blogspot blog but I didn't yet because I'm afraid to f*ck it up. But you instructions look easy to follow so I might get a domain soon. =)

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  4. But this guide is for Name.com, ok? :) I specifically made this guide because there is almost no guide out there on how to use custom domains from Name.com for a Blogspot blog, while Google itself provides the walkthrough for GoDaddy, etc. :)

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