Sunday, January 24, 2016

Beautify Your Blog- Custom URL Address

      I love blogger and have been using it for a few years with my other blog- Littlest Sweet Pea.  I wanted to make sure that this blog (My Charmed Story) would be easy to find and not have a long url address.  Unlike my first time with blogger, back in 2009, I couldn't easily change my url address.

     I wanted to change to  I would still be using blogger, but getting rid of the extra part in the url address.  Well, I searched high and low to find easy to follow directions.  I attempted multiple times to change the url address and got nowhere.  Until NOW!

     Here's the directions that I used to change my url address and they worked perfectly the first time.  I usedMarc Ridey-blog's directions.  In order to purchase my desired url address, I used Go  I've worked with them before and like the ease of it.  I'm not a tech junkie and can easily be confused with the tech mumbo jumbo, but Go is easier than other places that I've tried.  Yes, I still get confused with Go but the part that saves me is their forums- I always find my answers there!

     Below are the instructions from Marc Ridey's blog.

Step 1: Go to the Settings Tab of your blog in the Blogger UI and click on the "Add a custom domain" link.

Step 2: Enter the URL you would like to use for your blog and press Save. I'm using "" but the URL doesn't need to start with www such as "" where I published this article.

Step 3: You will get an error. It's expected as you have not configured GoDaddy with the DNS settings required. Now click on the "DNS settings file" link and save the file. Keep this window open, you'll need it later.

Step 4: In a new window, go to GoDaddy, login, go to the Domain Control Panel and click on your domain name.

Step 5: Click on the "DNS Zone File" tab.

Step 6: Click on the Edit button.

Step 7: We need to delete some of the existing records that GoDaddy adds by default. Select all the "A" records with "@" as host as well as the CNAME record "www" (if the URL you want to use starts with www) and press the Delete button.

Step 8: Press the "Save Zone File" button.

Step 9: Press Ok to confirm.

Step 10: Press Ok to confirm again. :)

Step 11: Now let's load the new records. Click the Import/Export button and select "Import".

Step 12: Click "Select File" and find the file you have saved in step 3, then click the "I understand ..." checkbox and press the Ok button.

Step 13: Press Ok to confirm.

Step 14: You should be able to see your new records loaded in GoDaddy. Four "A" records as well as two CNAME records. All good.

Step 15: Go back to the Blogger settings window we kept open in Step 3 and click "Save" again.

Step 16: If like me the GoDaddy DNS server processed the changes really quickly, it should all work fine and the settings should be accepted. You should be back to the main settings with your new custom domain accepted as the blog Address. So click on "Edit".

If Step 16 fails, be patient and retry later. It can take up to 48h for DNS settings to propagate. 

Step 17: Enable the "Redirect ..." checkbox and press Save. This is to allow "naked domain" redirect i.e. when users type your domain name without the www at the beginning.

Step 18: Finally click the "View blog" button at the top of Blogger UI, it should all work fine and your blog should now be enabled with a custom domain.

I was not compensated by Go or Blogger.

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