Sunday, March 02, 2008

The Custom Domains "Advanced Settings" Wizard

Having more web presence than the plain old "myblog.blogspot.com" has been the dream of many bloggers for a while. Earlier, publishing by FTP to an external server filled that dream, but when New Blogger and Layouts Templates was introduced in 2006, FTP published blogs were excluded from using a Layouts template.

A blog published to a Custom Domain gives us the ability to publish a blog to a URL other than "myblog.blogspot.com", yet have a Layouts template. Note: Here, as elsewhere, "mydomain.com" is an example domain. You substitute the URL of your domain.
  • Start with a properly setup domain. Either
    mydomain.com. 3600 IN CNAME ghs.google.com.
    or
    blog.mydomain.com. 3600 IN CNAME ghs.google.com.
    or
    www.mydomain.com. 3600 IN CNAME ghs.google.com.
  • To publish to "mydomain.com"
    • Get DNS for "mydomain.com" properly setup, on a DNS Host server.
    • Go to Settings - Publishing
    • Click on "Switch to: • Custom Domain".
    • Click on "Switch to advanced settings".
    • Enter "mydomain.com" for "Your Domain".
    • Optionally, and only with properly setup DNS, select "Redirect www.mydomain.com to mydomain.com.".
  • To publish to "blog.mydomain.com"
    • Get DNS for "blog.mydomain.com" properly setup, on a DNS Host server. This requires properly paired DNS addresses.
    • Go to Settings - Publishing
    • Click on "Switch to: • Custom Domain".
    • Click on "Switch to advanced settings".
    • Enter "blog.mydomain.com" for "Your Domain".
    • Optionally, and only with properly setup DNS, select "Redirect www.blog.mydomain.com to blog.mydomain.com.".
  • To publish to "www.mydomain.com"
    • Get DNS for "www.mydomain.com" properly setup, on a DNS Host server.
    • Go to Settings - Publishing
    • Click on "Switch to: • Custom Domain".
    • Click on "Switch to advanced settings".
    • Enter "www.mydomain.com" for "Your Domain".
    • Optionally, and only with properly setup DNS, select "Redirect mydomain.com to www.mydomain.com.".


From Settings - Publishing, select "Switch to: • Custom Domain".


Click on "Switch to advanced settings".


Enter "www.mydomain.com" for "Your Domain", and prepare to solve a CAPTCHA to save the new blog setting for the blog. And likewise a second CAPTCHA when you select "Redirect mydomain.com to www.mydomain.com".


It's a simple enough process, when we can get it right. If you get
Another blog is already hosted at this address.
or
Blogs cannot be hosted on a naked domain.
you have more work to do.
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1 comment:

LaLicenciada said...

Your page rocks! Thanks for the help!