Monday, November 19, 2007

Custom Domain Publishing - Another Symptom Of The Confusion

One of the challenges in setting up a blog, successfully published using a Google Custom Domain, involves getting DNS Hosting. You have to have a DNS server pointing your domain to "ghs.google.com", and so many bloggers don't get this detail.

I have written already about the confusion in Blogger documentation
Remember: you only need to get the domain name; you don't have to pay extra for hosting service.


Today, as I explored the possibility of publishing The Real Blogger Status to a Custom Domain, I found more misleading documentation.
Domains are registered through a Google partner and cost $10 (USD) for one year.

I went to Settings - Publishing, and selected "Switch to: • Custom Domain".



We are immediately offered registration through "a Google partner". No mention here of DNS hosting, or of any additional fees.



Selecting "Switch to advanced settings", we get the familiar setup.



Here's the well known advice "... you don't have to pay extra for hosting service.", when we select "setup instructions".



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2 comments:

Joseph said...

Google is referring to the fact you do not need WEB hosting.

DNS "hosting" is included FREE with every major domain name registrar (Go Daddy, Network Solutions, etc.)

Chuck said...

Joseph,

If you setup your custom domain, and you are able to enter a "CNAME" referral, then you have paid for DNS Hosting. Unfortunately, some folks end up being restricted to entering "NS1" and "NS2" records; they are the ones who did NOT pay for DNS Hosting.

Some Registrars do have plans that allow you to buy the domain, and host the DNS on your own. All bloggers aren't aware of the difference.