Support for custom domains from Blogger

Blogger / Blogspot (link) provides a simple interface to creating a blog, and an equally simple interface for editing and publishing your blog. However, at the same time, a lot of people get turned off by the concept of having a name such as xyz.blogspot.com (they typically object to having a .blogspot.com in the URL of their blog); in addition, if you are doing something serious or related to a business, then it is not a done thing – a person is expected to have their own domain. However, creating a blog on your domain takes more effort that the simple interface that Blogger provides.
There is a solution that allows you to have the best of both worlds, and you can actually use the convenience of Blogger and yet post to a separate domain of your own, independent of the blogspot.com domain. This is possible using either the post to FTP, or using the newer Custom Domains feature (the Custom Domains feature is far more user-friendly than the post to FTP options that asks for many more settings and is difficult to figure out if something goes wrong). In addition, Custom Domains does not require that you also buy a hosting package, something that is required when you use the post-to-ftp option. Here are some of the steps for setting up the custom domains feature.
1. Buy the desired URL you want from your preferred registrar (you do not need to buy a hosting package). You can even buy the domain directly from Blogger (details available at this link), one advantage being that Google will automatically configure all of your relevant DNS settings and attach your new domain to your existing blog immediately.
2. Now you have a domain name, and need to make some changes to the configuration so that the necessary connections are made with Google. To take care of this, you need to create a CNAME record for your domain with the DNS, associating your domain with ghs.google.com. Here is a help page (link) that shows you how to do this for many registrars such as GoDaddy, ixWebHosting, 1and1, EveryDNS.net, and some others.
3. Once you’ve told one particular DNS server about your new domain, it will have to transfer that information to all the other servers on the internet, which could take a couple of days. So be aware that your new domain won’t necessarily be working instantly.
4. Now the difficult part has been done. You need to log into your Blogger login, and then into the Settings -> Publishing section. There will be an option to switch to Custom Domains, so please use that link. The Blog*Spot Address setting now changes to Your Domain. Fill in the domain you registered, and then save your settings.

Some notes on this from Google:
* If your new domain isn’t taking you to your blog, wait another day or two to make sure all the DNS servers have been updated. If it still isn’t working, contact your registrar to make sure you entered the DNS settings correctly.
* Your original Blog*Spot address will automatically forward to your new domain. That way, any existing links or bookmarks to your site will still work.
* You can use this feature with domains (e.g. mysite.com) or subdomains (e.g. name.mysite.com). However, you cannot specify subdirectories (e.g. mysite.com/blog/) or wildcards (e.g. *.mysite.com).

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