Monday, September 06, 2010

Paying For A Custom Domain

Almost all features of Blogger One Button Publishing are free - though not entirely from an altruistic decision by Google.

One of the few Blogger features that is not free is the ability to publish a blog to a non BlogSpot URL, also known as "custom domain" publishing.

Even though custom domain publishing is not free, it's not a feature from which Blogger / Google directly receives income. The cost for a custom domain registration goes directly to the registrar - and for very real services. The need for payment creates the need for some decision by the blog owner, when purchasing the domain.

Whether purchasing a custom domain from a Blogger "partner", using the "Buy a domain" wizard, or directly from a registrar, you're going to have to provide payment in a medium that's accepted by the registrar.

If you use "Buy a domain", you're limited in choice of payment media. The "Buy a domain" wizard accepts only specific major credit cards, it does not accept
  • Debit cards.
  • Internet bank services, such as PayPal.
  • All bank issued credit cards.
And, before starting the purchase, make sure that your credit card is in good standing.

If you cannot provide an accepted form of payment to "Buy a domain", you're going to have to purchase your domain directly from a registrar. If you purchase directly, the choice of registrar is crucial to the success of your domain. Try to choose a registrar which:
  • Accepts payment, in a currency that you can provide.
  • Provides "4 x A / CNAME" (asymmetrical) or "2 x CNAME" (symmetrical) host configuration.
  • Can provide you the support that you require.

Remember that, should you purchase directly from a registrar, you will be responsible for setting up the domain properly - either on your own, or with the assistance of the registrar. In this case, the latter registrar choice criterion becomes very relevant.

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