Thursday, January 21, 2010

Repost: Moving Your Blog to Your Own Domain

This post was first published on July 31, 2008. I still think it's useful stuff, so I'm republishing it today. I've got a long and crazy day planned today, so I'll check back later to test the links out. If you find any that are dead or inaccurate, please let me know in the comments. Happy Thursday!

In one of last week's Advice Smackdown posts, Amy answered Ashlea's question about some of the basics of blogging. As usual, Amy's advice was spot on, but she mentioned that she wasn't sure about moving a Blogspot blog to a registered domain. Ashlea was wondering specifically about this, so I left a comment offering to help walk her through the process.

During the last few days, Ashlea and I have exchanged a few emails and her blog has undergone a radical makeover--a makeover with which I did very little, if nothing, to help. Really--my assistance consisted mostly of "Don't worry!" and "You can do it!" and "Um, gosh, I'm not sure how to do that.." and "Look! Blogger sells domains!" Ashlea had settled into her own domain and redesigned her site faster than I could locate my own GoDaddy customer number.

I owned my own domain for about a year and a half before I realized that I could move my blog over without having to pay for hosting. In fact, Blogger provides the instructions for attaching your domain to your blog. The best part about the whole thing is that it is FREE. Well, registering your own domain will cost you, but after that, your blog will still be hosted on Blogger, even though it will appear on your own domain. (By the way, if you haven't registered your domain yet, read Amy's advice about paying for private registration. It really is important.)

My domains are all registered with GoDaddy, so these instructions are GoDaddy-specific. If you use another registrar, see this Blogger Help article for information specific to your registrar.

After you've already purchased your domain, you will need to go to your Dashboard--> Settings--> Publishing to tell Blogger that you're using your own domain. You'll just type your domain into the field next to "Your Domain."

Now, I’m too busy washing down my Cheez Whiz concoctions with green smoothies to reinvent the wheel, so the text that follows is all from Blogger. I have just inserted some screenshots to serve as visual “landmarks" to help you navigate through the process (hopefully) a little more easily.

Log in to your account at

Open the Domains tab and select My Domain Names. You'll be directed to the Domain Manager page.

Click the domain that you'd like to use with your blog.

Click the Total DNS Control And MX Records link at the bottom of the section entitled Total DNS.

Click Add New CNAME Record in the box labelled CNAMES (aliases). If you've already created a CNAME record for your blog's address, click the pencil icon next to the existing CNAME record.

For the Name, enter only the subdomain of the address you want to use for your blog. For example, if you picked as your address, enter www here.

Enter as the Host Name. Specify a TTL or use the default setting of 1 hour.

Click OK, and then click OK again.

If you've never delved into the innards of your domain manager, it might seem a little overwhelming at first, but I assure you, it's not that difficult.

Believe me--if I can do it, anyone can do it.

1 comment:

Chatabox Girl said...

I feel like a celebrity! :) I must admit that your emails did help. I wouldn’t have had the courage to step into that crazy unknown world otherwise.

I have had a lot of help by many different people to get my blog to look that great. I really take no credit!

Your tutorials are really excellent by the way!

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