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HTTPS Availability For Custom Domain Published Blogs

After many years of waiting, people who publish blogs using custom domains can provide HTTPS connectivity, to their readers.

Right now, HTTPS Availability / Redirect can be enabled, for custom domain published blogs, using Draft Blogger.

Since Draft Blogger is used by Blogger for beta testing new features and problem fixes, you will do best using it selectively.

Use Draft Blogger only to enable HTTPS Availability / Redirect.

In this case, you use draft Blogger only for enabling HTTPS for your custom domain URL. This is a good time to use a second browser - either a different browser on this computer, any preferred browser on another computer, or this browser with an Incognito / Private window.

Start by logging into Draft Blogger - using a second browser.

The Settings - Basic dashboard page, in Draft Blogger, now has a new option.

Select "Yes" for "HTTPS Availabiity" - and wait while the domain is setup with SSL.

With "HTTPS Availability" enabled, Blogger has to obtain an SSL Certificate for your domain. This is not a casual formality. With many domain registrations, you might pay extra for a certificate.

Once "HTTPS Availability" is activated, you'll have the "HTTPS Redirect" option.

Allow half an hour after enabling "HTTPS Availability", then refresh the display. You should have "HTTPS Redirect" available - and if you wish, you can enable it.


Test the blog and domain, in the many URLs.

With the blog published to the domain, and offering HTTPS connectivity, you'll have 6 URLs - all pointing to the blog. Make sure that all 6 work properly.

Right now, my test blog does provide HTTPS connectivity / redirect - though this blog does not, since I don't want broken links to third party services. Using my test blog, I have 6 URLs to check. Note that this blog is published as "" - not "", or "".


Your readers will be happiest, if all 6 URLs work - and all redirect to your blog. Again, your domain will probably use "www", in place of "blogging" or "techdict", in #3 and #6.

Be prepared to re publish the blog, for best results.

If you were using "HTTPS Redirect" for the BlogSpot URL, #2 and / or #5 many be "404". You may need to re publish the blog, and remove the BlogSpot "HTTP" to "HTTPS" redirect. The domain root redirect, and "HTTPS Redirect" for the domain, may conflict.

Activate "HTTPS Redirect" for the domain, with the BlogSpot URL having "HTTPS Redirect" enabled - and you may see this.

You will have 3 redirects, with HTTPS Redirect added.

  1. The BlogSpot to domain redirect.
  2. The domain root redirect.
  3. The "HTTP" to "HTTPS" redirect.

All 3 redirects need to be addd in proper sequence - if you want the BlogSpot URLs, the domain root, and the published domain URL to all redirect to the blog.

With both the BlogSpot redirect, the domain root redirect, and the HTTPS redirect enabled, you may see an error when addressing the domain root. In that case, you'll have to re publish the blog to the domain.

  1. Login to production Blogger ("").
  2. Publish the blog back to BlogSpot, by clicking on the "X".
  3. Disable “HTTPS”, if necessary.
  4. Re publish the blog to the "www" domain host.
  5. Select the domain root redirect.

Blogger is not the last Internet service to provide "HTTPS" connectivity.

If you enable "HTTPS Availability", and later "HTTPS Redirect", you'll probably have accessories and services that don't support HTTPS.

Be selective when you use Page / Post / Template Editor, and see suggestions to "Fix" all links that continue to reference "HTTP" connectivity. If you routinely select "Fix" you will end up with broken links, for accessories and services that have not been upgraded.

If you can deal with the details though, you'll have a secure domain, and can offer your readers SSL connectivity.

If your #Blogger custom domain is setup properly, you can now offer HTTPS connectivity for your custom domain published blog.

You should consider the redirects, and the different URLs involved, carefully.


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