I have discussed URLs and Blogging platforms on Hot Dog! Money Online. This article is for people using Blogger who want their own URL.
If you want to transfer domain names for your website hosted with Blogger, there are three terms you will need to familiarize yourself with. The first is DNS or Domain Name Server; the second is a CNAME, and the third is an ‘A’ Name. These items should be clearly noted in the control panel for your domain name manager. Simply put, these three things allow you to point your domain name to your web host. Once you find where to input these items in your domain name control panel, you’re on your way to a quick and easy transfer of domain names.
A web host is a place where your website is stored. Hosting companies house servers all over the world that keep a digital file of your website stored. When someone clicks on a link to your site, the magic that is the Internet directs them to whatever server your site is hosted on.
When you create a Blogger site, you get a “dot blogspot dot com” URL for free. Your website would be: www.YOURWEBSITE.blogspot.com. This domain name or web address works just fine, but many people want to stand out by having their own domain name associated with their website: www.YOURWEBSITE.com.
If you are hosting with Blogger, there is an interface in the platform that allows you to point your own domain name to the host you’ve created your site on. It’s fast and simple to do, but that’s only half the battle. You need to let your domain name provider know where to point the URL to.
The first thing to do is let the provider know the Nameserver to point the domain name to. In your domain manager menu, find “Nameservers” and open the editing function. When you find the nameservers, they will be set to the domain name provider’s defaults and will look something like this:
To point to a Blogger site, simply change the “11” to “43” and the “12” to “44” so it now looks like this:
The next thing to find in your domain manager platform is the CNAME record. You must add a CNAME record to point your domain to the Google servers. All you need to do is enter
into the CNAME record in your domain manager and you are up and running with your domain name, www.YOURWEBSITE.com pointing to your new Blogger site.
When you type YOURWEBSITE.com (without the “www.”) into your browser you still won’t be directed to the site you wanted. This happens to everyone. The reason for this is the domain is not set up to point to what is called a “Naked Domain” (that’s a domain without the “www.” typed in before the web address). You will want the naked domain to point to your site. While in your domain manager, you will need to create ‘A’ Name records for your domain. Open the “A” Name record tab in your domain manager and create four new ‘A’ Name records with YOURWEBSITE.COM pointing to each of the following 4 IP addresses:
Make sure you delete the default ‘A’ Name records after you have added these four IP addresses.
In about an hour (often less), both www.YOURWEBSITE.COM and YOUR WEBSITE.COM will be pointed to your website.
These instructions are generic, each domain name provider has a different heads up display even though they all provide the same functionality. You need to know where each record should be entered for your domain manager. When in doubt, consult your domain name provider’s “Help” section. The nameservers, CNAME records and ‘A’ Name records as listed in this article are the same no matter who your domain provider is, you just need to be sure you know what goes where.
If you mess up one of these steps, your website will not display properly when someone enters your URL into their browser. Anything you do in your Domain manager is reversible, but getting it right the first time will save you some aggravation.