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How to give your google blogger weblog a custom domain CNAME

This is quite a simple process you can either use a domain name that you have already registered OR create a new domain name for $10 (£8) using the google apps powered by www.godaddy.com


If you wish to go with the default option that is provided with the blogger wizard it will create your domain on the godaddy hosting servers you can still access and edit your weblog through your blogger dashboard this is also where you setup the new domain name in the publishing tab.

First you will need to check the availability of your chosen host name on DNS you only use one of these the top-level servers

  • com
  • net
  • org
  • info
  • biz
In this case I wish to change my weblog hostname now held at www.blogger.com which is www.fixyatipsandtricks.weblog.com to my desired URL I also own www.windowstipsclub.co.uk jump to the setup webforwarding heading of this tip for help on how to do this.

  • Top-level domain name: .com
  • Second-level domain name: windowstipsclub.com
  • Host name: www.windowstipsclub.com

You need to either buy the domain name @ godaddy.com first OR use the easiest option and have the blogger dashboard create it for you in the settings publishing tab. Where you need to check the name availability on the DNS servers

All you need to do is attach a method or payment to your google account and follow the wizard until you see following page that will tell you that your blog is ready!

NOTE: that you can switch back to blogspot.com at any time which will still be free see the link at the top of this screendump. It also tells you that web-forwarding will also be set up for you and users who search using the old blogspot URL will be automatically directed to the new domain name.

Its is an annual renewal contract that can be set to automatically charge your credit card that you have attached to google and is linked into your google account that you will already have linked to blogger click this image to manage this.

REMEMBER : this is not the same as just changing you weblog name on the blogger servers check this google support LINK where your links will be lost.You will in effect be hosting your weblog on the godaddy server and all your previous links will be automatically forwarded.

NOTE: it may take upto 3 days for the link to propagate through the internet domain name servers (DNS) as shown below


Web forwarding is a way for your domain to be pointed to another web address or page. You can choose to have your domain name remain in the address bar, which is called “framed web forwarding". Alternatively, you can choose to display the new address, which is known as “non-framed web forwarding”.

For Example if you own www.windowstipsclub.co.uk and also www.windowstipsclub.com and they are registered at different hosting websites then you can set up web-forwarding on the first server to point to the domain where the full website is.

Many companies do this that register the same website name on all the domains if you also own www.windowstipsclub.net this can also be setup to forward to your dot COM of the same name it is a good idea however to host all the addresses at the same host you may get discounts

You can access this on your weblog through the settings + publishing tab and select either the google apps OR your own custom domain name you will have to logon to the company that you used and change some of the DNS settings to do this correctly.


Basically this is an alias name for your website his helps when running multiple services (like an FTP and a webserver; each running on different ports) from a single IP address this is the number that your ISP will give you and is unique for all websites.

Each service that you will run can then have its own entry in DNS
  • www.windowstipsclub.com
  • ftp.windowstipsclub.com
  • info.windowstipsclub.com

Check out these two support links for help on how to do this first look at this youtube tutorial that shows how to add the IP address for the new servcie and CNAME that you want to add to your existing IP address.

For a range of hosting website instructions visit this blogger help page it gives specifics for 5 of the most popular companies.


You might also like to remove your weblog navigation bar from your new site check out my TIP here on how best to do this for all my blogger tips @ FixYa check out my new Windows Tips Club weblog click on the logo

Also check out may facebook page that is also on the facebook NetworkedBlogs application


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