To make it look professional, you can use a custom domain which can be either purchased through Blogger or via a third-party domain registrar like Godaddy. If you purchase a domain through Blogger (Google), the setup will be taken care by Blogger itself and you don’t have to do anything from your side. But, if you purchased it through an external source like Godaddy or eNom, then you’ll have to setup blogger custom domain manually.
How to Set Up Your Blogger Custom Domain with GoDaddy?
- Login to your Blogger dashboard > Settings > Publishing > Blog Address.
- Click on “Add a custom domain” and then select “Switch to advanced settings”.
- Enter your domain name in the text box provided.
- Next, you need to change the nameservers of your domain to match Blogger name servers.
- If your domain is registered through Godaddy, just go to the GoDaddy Blogger DNS setup site and sign in with your Godaddy account info, enter your domain name there and click “Confirm”. Or else follow the instructions if your domain is registered through a registrar other than Godaddy.
- Now, in the blogger dashboard, click on “Save” button to save your changes.
That’s it! You have now successfully setup your custom domain on blogger which is purchased through Godaddy or any third-party domain registrar. Once your blogger blog is live, you can use the blogger template designer to create blogger template that is unique.
Note: Name server changes will take minimum 1 hour to be reflected. Sometimes they’ll be reflected immediately.
Update: Recently, users are not able to host their custom domain on blogger as they’re getting an error – “We have not been able to verify your authority to this domain. Error 12.”
Fix for this error: Blogger is asking its users to add two Cname records in the DNS Settings. While the first one “ghs.google.com” is being accepted, the second Cname is not getting rejected which is why the above error is occured.
In order to get the second Cname accepted into the DNS Settings, simply remove the dot (.) at the end of the cname and enter it at the “Destination” field. Now, you’ll be able to save the second Cname and this Blogger custom domain will be verified.
Also, here is the solution if you’re getting server error while creating first admin account on Google Apps.
Please do comment if you got confused about this process. I’d be glad to help you.