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Saturday, June 06, 2015

Step by Step Guide to install Domain Name in Blogger/Blogspot?

If you have read my previous post on why you should have your own domain name, I have mentioned that I will write a post basically explaining step by step how to install your new domain name in Blogger/Blogspot. 


As you know I bought my domain name from Exabytes.com.my, here I am going to walk you through step by step how I actually purchased it with 3 simple steps.

Step 1: Go to www.exabytes.com.myCheck your domain name and choose the package you would like to purchase and click Add to Cart.

Step 2: Select Add Ons for DNS Management (you need this if you are using blogger/blogspot platform) and ID Protection (recommended to get this to shield your private information and avoid getting spam emails). You can ignore the Nameservers for now and click Update Cart.
Step 3: Check Out and make payment


Once you have purchase your domain name, here is what you should do:

Step 4: Go to Blogger >  Settings > Basic > Publishing > click + Setup a 3rd party URL for your blogType in your new domain name into the domain setting (need to include www in the front) and click "Save". There will be an error shown, the highlighted box is the two CNAMEs that we going to use later. Leave as it is now.

Step 5: Log into Exabytes Billing System (https://billing.exabytes.com.my/mypanel/clientarea.php). Go to Domains > My Domains, then click on Manage Domain > Manage Nameserves (as shown on below) 

Step 6: Select "Use custom nameservers (enter below)", and change the Nameserver into the DNS link below (as shown in the photo)
  • ns1.systemdns.com
  • ns2.systemdns.com
  • ns3.systemdns.com

Step 7:  Go to Management Tools & Manage DNS

Step 8: Refer back to the two CNAMEs from blogger/blogspot that we have generated in Step 4. Plug in the two CNAMEs into DNS Management. Create another CNAME record with Host Name "*" and point it to "ghs.google.com". After added the CNAMEs, you can also enter A-records, which links your domain (without “www”) to an actual site (www.example.com). If you skip this step, visitors who leave off the “www” will see an error page. Then "Save Changes". (If you notice you have only one record, click save changes and it will appear another record, continue the same action until you have enough records that you need.)


After setting the DNS record, kindly allow about an hour for your DNS settings to propagate.

Step 9: Go to Blogger and update your blogger setting. Enter the URL for your custom domain name in the text provided, and click Save. Once completed. Your Blogspot address will soon redirect your own custom domain. Please note that it might be take up to 24 hours for the propagation. I took around 2 hours for the propagation.

Optional: If you have Nuffnang ads in your blog, update your new blog URL in Nuffnang. You will see error in ads when you refresh your blog if you do not change the URL.

There you are, your new domain name is up!


I hope you find my post helpful! If you have any questions or you would like to share your experience too, drop me a comment below. I love hearing from you all!


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