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Set up a custom domain

When you buy a domain, you can personalize your blog’s website address.

Step 1: Buy a domain

See if you can buy a Google Domain or buy a domain from a non-Google provider. To buy a Google domain:

  1. Sign in to Blogger.
  2. Select the blog to update.
  3. On the left, click Settings and then Basic.
  4. Under "Publishing," next to "Blog Address," click Buy a domain.
  5. At the top, search for a domain.
  6. Next to the domain you want, click Buy.
  7. To finish buying your domain, follow the on-screen steps.

Tip: To buy a country-specific domain, search for local registrars. For example, if your blog is in Italian and you want the www.example.it domain, search for [domain registrar in Italy].

Note: If you’re an administrator, learn more about managing domains registered through Blogger.

Step 2: Set up your domain with your blog

Connect to your Google Domain from Blogger

  1. Sign in to Blogger.
  2. Select the blog you want to update.
  3. On the left, click Settings and then Basic.
  4. Under "Publishing," click +Setup a Google Domains URL for your blog.
  5. Under "Google Domains Settings," select your subdomain and domain and click Save.

Connect to your non-Google domain from Blogger

  1. Sign in to Blogger.
  2. Select the blog you want to update.
  3. On the left, click Settings and then Basic.
  4. Under "Publishing," click +Setup a 3rd party URL for your blog.
  5. Type the URL of the domain you've purchased.
  6. Click Save.
  7. You'll see an error with two CNAMEs.
    • Name, Label or Host: Enter the name as the subdomain, like "blog." or "www." For destination, enter "ghs.googlehosted.com."
    • Destination, Target or Points to: This is different for each person and is specific to your blog and your Google Account.
  8. Go to the website where you bought your domain. Find the DNS (Domain Name System) in the control panel.
  9. Under "Name, Label or Host," type the subdomain you entered in the previous step.
  10. Under "Destination, Target or Points to," type "ghs.googlehosted.com."
  11. Enter details for the second CNAME, which are specific to your blog and Google Account.
  12. Wait for at least an hour for your DNS settings to activate.
  13. Repeat steps 1 through 6. Your blogspot.com address will redirect to your custom domain. It may take to 24 hours.

Step 3 (optional): Add www. to your domain

To change your domain (example: mydomain.com) to www.mydomain.com, set up a naked redirect.​

  1. Go to your domain provider’s website.
  2. Open your DNS settings.
  3. Enter your domain name in the format example.com.
  4. Add four A-records which point to Google IPs.
    • 216.239.32.21
    • 216.239.34.21
    • 216.239.36.21
    • 216.239.38.21
  5. Sign in to Blogger.
  6. Select the blog you want to update.
  7. On the left, click Settings and then Basic.
  8. Under "Publishing,", under "Blog Address," check Redirect [mydomain.com to www.mydomain.com].

Troubleshoot issues

If you have problems, here are some steps you can try.

  • You may not have to enter the two CNAMEs when setting up your domain.
  • Make sure the "Name, Label, or Host" CNAME is correct.
  • If your custom domain doesn’t work, wait before trying the steps again. If you have problems, contact your domain provider.

 

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