Monday, May 26, 2008

Custom Domains - It's All About The Flexibility

Some bloggers tire of having a blog that's stuck with a BlogSpot URL, and decide to go with a Google Custom Domain. A few bloggers don't understand the concept - or maybe can't see the forest for the trees.
Will my blog be less secure, not on BlogSpot?
or
How will i edit my website? Can I still use blogger to edit my site or will i have to use DreamWeaver, Frontpage, or some other expensive tool?
or
Can I use labels, (have a private blog, a Layouts template, ...)?


A Google Custom Domain affects just one thing - how the blog is addressed - and this only in a positive manner, when you manage the new URL properly.
  • You setup a custom domain using the "Blogger dashboard Publishing" wizard. After you have a working custom domain, you maintain the blog using the same Blogger interface that you've been using all along - the Post Editor, and other Blogger wizards.
  • You gain a new address for the blog - one of your liking (as available), and not confined to "xxxxxxx.blogspot.com" - yet your old "xxxxxxx.blogspot.com" URL continues to work.
  • You can use a non-BlogSpot URL, yet the blog is published to a Google server, using dynamic HTML, and all of the shiny features of the Blogger Layouts template.


What a deal. A blog setup using the Blogger interface, and addressable as "xxxxxxx.blogspot.com" (to reach your current readers), yet also addressable as "mydomain.com" (to reach a wider section of the web). And all it has to cost is 10 USD / year, for domain registration and DNS hosting. It's the best of both worlds, really.

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2 comments:

ajit_datex said...

How does "Custom Domains" for blogger works with a domain that already has its own webpages (not related to blog) on it. Will those webpages still be accesible after blog integration using "Custom Domains"? To further clarify my Qs.

Let's say I have a domain & a webpage at http://www.domain.com/webpage.html, and a blog at http://blog.blogspot.com.

Now after using "Custom Domains" & DNS setup, will the http://www.domain.com/webpage.html still be acesible. Thanks.

Chuck said...

Ajit,

If you have a domain already in use, you just add a virtual host.
blog.domain.com. 3600 IN CNAME ghs.google.com.

Then, publish the blog, currently at "blog.blogspot.com", as "blog.domain.com".

Once you do that, you're simply left with the task of integrating "blog.domain.com" with "www.domain.com".