One of the many improvements noted was the "Buy A Domain For Your Blog" Wizard, which replaces (and greatly simplifies) the painfully tedious, and needlessly technical, setup process for many bloggers. Yet all of my writing about the wizard was purely from observation, and from analysis of the problem reports in the forums. Until today, I didn't actually setup a domain, using the wizard.
So, let's cut to the chase, Chuck. What's it like?
It started with a bit of apprehension. I decided to do this, as I do many things, based upon a practical goal. A goal of having my own personal domain - "nitecruzr.net". And the apprehension was two fold.
- Maybe the wizard will hose my domain, as it has so many others.
- Maybe I won't even be able to setup my domain. What if "nitecruzr.net" is already taken? Oh no, my own personal episode of "That URL is already taken.".
So this morning, I gathered myself together, and tackled the wizard. With credit card in hand, and disappointment in mind, I approached Settings - Publishing - "Switch to: • Custom Domain".
Select "Switch to: • Custom Domain".
Enter the domain name, and select the Top Level Domain. For TLD, we have the choice of "com", "net", "info", "org", or "biz".
Go for it. Check Availability.
Hooray! It's available. So, take it!
Of course, it's not free, like the rest of Blogger is.
Place The Order, Chuck. Note here, you need a working, major credit card, before starting the purchase process.
Yay! We have "nitecruzr.net".
Oh no! Not that!!
Fortunately, all is not lost. Simply recycle the domain settings, using Google Apps.
Maybe the latter test result is what motivated Blogger to now put newly setup custom domains into a three day "In Transition" period. Anyway, having setup the base custom domain, I am now able to add virtual hosts, and construct my domain cluster, Nitecruzr Dot Net, and include all of my blogs into one web site.
Note that use of the "Buy a domain" wizard is simply one alternative of three, in proper custom domain setup. And note the complementary activities, which you need to perform, during the three day Transition period, that starts when you successfully purchase the domain.