This past week I finally took the plunge and decided it was time to add a custom domain to my blog. I chose to use (affiliate link) GoDaddy.
Custom Domain on Blogger
- When you set up your custom domain you have the option of a public, or private domain – the private domain costs additional money (I paid an additional $9.99 USD/1 year) but it is well worth it as this type of registration protects your identity (name, address, phone number, etc.) from becoming public information as mandated by ICANN – you can search Whois for any domain address and if it is public all of your information is too (Affiliate Link: visit GoDaddy to add Private Registration)
- Each time you make a change on the GoDaddy system, you will see the GoDaddy holding page until the new data is received and refreshed by Blogger.
- If you forget to remove the original A “Host” record – it will confuse the system and you will receive the GoDaddy holding page intermittently (or like me, when you try to leave a comment on a blog using commentluv – your RSS feed will not be found and you will be unable to link to a post)
- It is very important to remember to go back to Blogger after the new domain is up and running to complete the final step – otherwise if someone types the new address without the ‘www’ it will not redirect to the new custom domain address – they will receive an error message
- if you have Google+ comments turned “ON” you will need to disable them (and LOSE them) in order to set up a custom domain – so if you are considering the custom domain option, either set up the custom domain before turning on Google+ comments, use an alternate commenting system like IntenseDebate (commentluv), or use regular blogger comments on your blog