Saturday, January 06, 2007

Own domain for blog hosted with Blogger: Why and how?

Just read this interesting news that you can have your own custom domain, still use the Blogger platform and not need to get someone to host the blog because Blogger will host it for you for free! And you need not bother with FTP (File Transfer Protocol)! You don't even have to find someone to host your blog and pay for the monthly/yearly hosting fees! This is indeed good news for blogger who want their own domain like instead of a sub-domain See How do I use a custom domain name on my blog?. This is only for those who are using the New Blogger (formerly Blogger Beta), not for those still using the old (classic) Blogger.

Why own domain

First, why some people want their own domain like instead of People have compared using blogspot for their blog to having a free Yahoo! or Google email address. They say having an email address like command more respect than having an email address like For me, I may quote the difference between having your business office at a proper office address rather than your own home.

Also, you have more control over your site. You own the site, not Blogger. Blogger can't take the site away from you. However, to be fair to Blogger, Blogger doesn't take away your blog (even blogs which have been neglected by the creators with no post or no update for umpteen years, much to the chagrin of those who wants those particular URL), except for what they identify as spamblogs.


It is pretty simple. The first step is to register a domain (.com, .net, .org, .us,, etc). A place which has gained a reputation for cheap domain registration is There are many others.

The next step is create a CNAME record for your domain with the DNS (Domain Name System) with the registrar. (I will explain what DNS is all about below so it does not interfere with the flow of the instructions here) The instruction on how to do it you can get from the registrar. For example, if you register the domain with godaddy, the instructions are given here: Creating Your CNAME Record: For your convenience, I reproduce here the instruction so you have an idea of what is involved so that you can see it is not something very complicated:

1. Log in to your account at
2. Open the Domains tab and select My Domain Names. You'll be directed to the Manage Domains page.
3. Click the domain that you'd like to use with Google Apps for Your Domain.
4. Click the Total DNS Control And MX Records in the box entitled Total DNS Control.
5. Click Add New CNAME Record. If you've already created a CNAME record for your website's address with Google Apps, click Edit next to the existing CNAME record.
6. Step 1: Enter the part of your website's address that you picked in your Google Apps control panel. For example, if you picked as your address, enter urban for step one.
Step 2: Enter as the host name.
Step 3: Leave as default selection.
7. Click Continue, and then click Add. If you're editing an existing CNAME record, click Continue and Update.

Congratulations! Your CNAME record is now configured to point to Google. Keep in mind that changes to DNS record settings may take up to 48 hours.

Now that you have the CNAME record, you log into the new Blogger Dashboard, select the blog, click the SETTINGS > PUBLISHING tabs, then click "Custom Domain" (see screenshot below. Click to enlarge:)
New Blogger (formerly beta) Custom Domain
You will be then taken to a page where you enter the URL of your new domain (see screenshot below:)
New Blogger Custom Channel Part 2
When you are done, just click "Save Settings". Then all you have to do is to wait a couple of days for your blog to be viewable at your new URL. Reason for the delay is given below.

Why I will not be changing to custom domain names for my blogs

Yes, there are people who do not respect a person who has an email address like Yes, there are people who will not do business with someone who maintain an office at his own home. However, I believe that respect is earned, not bought. The respect that a blog command should depend on its content, not whether its URL is or Further, I do not want the bother of having to renew my yearly subscription for the domain name. If something happen to me and I cannot be around to renew the subscription, my blog will still be on the Web. If you use a custom domain, you will have to ensure by hook or by crook the subscription is renewed whenever it is due. I don't want that problem.

Anyway, there are a great diversity of people, preferences, opinions, requirements, etc. To each his own.

DNS (Domain Name System)

The Internet consist of a multitude of devices like computers, printers, Internet fax machines, etc. connected in a massive network sharing information with each other using a language called Internet Protocol (IP). Each of these devices have a unique IP address which is a number like An IP address can be equated with a house address or telephone number in the physical world. However, numbers are hard to remember compared to an URL like So, to make life simpler for folks like you and me, there are DNS servers that store information associating each URL to a unique IP address. So, rather than typing the series of numbers associated with my blog, all you have to do is to type in into the address bar at the top of a browser and the DNS server will translate this into that unique number that bring you to the server that store the files for this blog.

Now the reason for the delay between adding the CNAME record for your domain with the DNS (Domain Name System) with the registrar and the time the blog at the new URL gets online. Your registrar will have to give the relevant information to a DNS server, which will then inform all the other servers in the Internet, and this take time.

UPDATE 12 January 2007: There have been some complaints about the difficulites using custom domain for the new Blogger blogs. See threads
Thread 1
Thread 2
Thread 3
Thread 4
and a few more. Looks like it is better to hold off using custom channel until the dust clears.

UPDATE 18 January 2007: There have been many problems regarding custom domain and getting a domain from Godaddy. For a first hand account of how Chuck goes about it, have a look at his post: Google Custom Domain: Case Study # 1



  1. Anonymous1/07/2007

    I am trying to get Blogger to post to my domain name, but it says "Another blog is already hosted at this address." That's not true. How can I resolve this?

  2. Well, from what I have read on the Google Blogger Help group, yours is not the only one with this problem.
    Custom Domain Help
    Blogger Custom
    Domain Hates me

    One guy's solution:
    This problem occur when you have a Google Apps with you
    domain. For use Blogger Custom Domain, you need DISABLE the Google Apps Domain Page for the subdomain www.

    It's works to me !

    my blogspot:
    My domain:

    Best !

    Weber Ress

  3. Anonymous1/10/2007

    I have the same with "Another blog is already hosted at this address."
    I try to remove allGoogle Apps service,but it's not work.
    Is there anyone can help me?

  4. Anonymous1/11/2007

    I have tried this for Doteasy but I must be doing something wrong. There are no specific instructions for doteasy and I am missing something with the general ones. Any help would be appreciated.

  5. Hi Teacake,

    I am sorry I am not familiar with Doteasy and am not able to help. Why don't you ask Doteasy?

    Peter a.k.a. Enviroman
    Enviroman Says

  6. Anonymous1/12/2007

    I bought a godaddy domain today (which was a terible experience for me) anyway and i did what you told me step by step. And when i try to switch to my custom domain as "**" that godaddy parked place appears what should i do? Please help. Do i have to wait for options Total DNS Control one day?


  7. Anonymous1/12/2007

    Hi, I've just signed on to blogger. I created a blog and have been trying to publish it with my domain name. It is a .ca domain name. I called the host company for the domain name and they showed me how to configure it for blogger. I've now waited 4 days and my site is still not up. Any ideas why?

  8. Anonymous1/14/2007

    Hi, if anyone can answer this question, i'd be much appreciative: my domain is with godaddy, and i followed those instructions except Step 1 of number six, because I don't understand it.

    It says: Enter the part of your website's address that you picked in your Google Apps control panel. For example, if you picked as your address, enter urban for step one.

    What is and where is the 'Google Apps control panel'? - i can't see anywhere to type in that information.

    I'm trying to make this blog:
    redirect to this domain:

  9. Anonymous1/15/2007

    Yea I'm trying to do the same thing, just bought a domain name yesterday from godaddy, nobody seems to have specific instructions though, and I'm a total noob when it comes to this stuff, in the meantime I just have it forwarded to my blogspot address.

  10. As I mentioned in my post, I am quite happy with blogspot, so have no practical experience to share. Can't you guys get any kind of support from Godaddy. They are offering paid service, not free like Blogger.

    Peter a.k.a. Enviroman
    Enviroman Says

  11. Anonymous1/15/2007

    I did call godaddy tech support today actually, the guy seemed frustrated with me because I couldn't see the invisible text and links he was seeing, in the end he led me to simple forwarding. Not what I wanted, calling again tomorrow.

  12. Anonymous1/16/2007

    I just went through what you guys did and found that for the alais all you put is www, , you are then allowed to access your blog by going to somthing like , but are left with issues accessing it by going to (without the www). To fix this you need to change the A record, the top record in you're Total DNS control panel, but for whatever reason it will not allow you to point to, but instead it wants a proper ip address, such as ... I cant seem to ping, so I'm contacting blogger's support on the matter...

  13. UPDATE: I e-mailed godaddy support, since my previous phone experience wasnt as thrilling and I got back this:

    Thank you for contacting Online Support.

    You can setup custom zone files for your domain name but we do not assist with trouble shooting or custom setup of third party zone files. Thank you for your time.


    Mason G.
    Online Support

    Great, on to Blogger support then...

  14. (I have the same problem: Another blog is already hosted at this address.)

    1st GoDaddy answer for me:
    Dear Sir or Madam,

    Thank you for contacting Online Support.

    Unfortunately, there is no hosting currently associated with the domain name and our hosting services. Please verify the hosting provider in order to cancel the hosting account association. Please let us know if you have any further questions.


    Nick G.
    Online Support Technician

  15. Second GoDaddy Email (after I insisted):

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    Thank you for contacting Online Support.

    For further assistance in this situation you will need to contact Google as it appears that the error message you are receiving is caused by either an improper typing of your domain name (remove the www.) or a duplicate domain name within their system.

    If you have any further questions please let us know.


    Matt P.
    Online Support

  16. Ok, first of all you need access to your domain "Zone" which many hostings companies don't allow since you can move domains around and not pay to host with them .
    Anyway, if you do have DNS Zone access you want insert a CNAME record and not an "A" record. In fact if you have an "A" record in the zone you won't be able to create a Cname record do deletet the "A" record.
    Now... with the Cname rr do this:
    forward your to . With a second Cname rr forward www.mydomain to
    Most rr forms already have some of the domains already in them.

    As far a the "Another blog is already hosted at this address" problem goes that's a google caching problem that they will have to deal with. Soon I hope.

  17. Hi Peter,

    Currently My Sunflower blog is hosting on

    Like many bloggers, I am considering to have my own domain name but still host on blogspot.

    When I tried to apply for a domain name at Godaddy, I was asked to provide the information below:

    "Obtain the IP address or domain nameserver from your hosting company."

    I don't know what is the IP address or domain nameserver of

    Do you happen to know that?

    Thank you!

    I will Exercise for Comments!

  18. Hi Sunflower,

    I am afraid I have no personal experience with custom domain as I have indicated in this post that I am quite happy with I am afraid you will have to post your question to Blogger Help or try to contact Blogger support. See How to contact Blogger Support. It is difficult to get Blogger Support, but not impossible. I had a response from them after replying to their automated email, saying that their mail did not help and that I have posted to Blogger Help and gone throught the help files.

    Peter a.k.a. enviroman
    Enviroman Says

  19. Very horrible I don't know what to do.

  20. I am using the personal website for my business ..I used the site for the Domain name regsitration for my website.


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