UPDATE 10/18/2013: So, here’s the deal….Blogger has changed their backend and the process to change to a .com is a little different. I don’t have time to re-do the tutorial right now. It’s still pretty easy to do, but a little more technical than it used to be. I’ve switched over quite a few other blogs and would be happy to help anyone (for a small fee….it does take a little bit of my time. I’m thinking $10 to get it switched after you’ve bought your domain from GoDaddy ). Email me at shatziweb (at) gmail (dot) com if you’re interested.
I am now a .com! YAY! It seems like it’s such a big deal in the blog world. To get your own .com, I mean. I actually bought the domain www.loveandlaundry.com way back when I first started my blog a few months ago. It took me a while to decide on a blog name. One day I thought about Love and Laundry and I knew it was a perfect fit for me! Maybe one day I’ll blog about that, but for now I’m talking about domain names. Anyway…when I searched blogger, loveandlaundry was already taken. Boo! I played with it a little bit and finally came up with love-and-laundry.blogspot.com. Which I guess really isn’t a problem when it’s just in a link, but when I told all of my friends and family about my blog, it took forever. “My blog is www dot love dash and dash laundry dot blogspot dot com. Did you get all of that? Oh, you need me to repeat it going slower so you can write it down?” See my problem? The reason I didn’t turn it into a .com sooner is that I honestly thought you had to self-host and I wasn’t ready to pay for that yet. Domain names = cheap, self-hosting = expensive.
Fast forward to earlier this week. I came across this post on Thrifty Craft Girl. She talked about getting her own domain. She didn’t say anything about self-hosting, so I had to ask. I was thrilled to find out she didn’t need to host her own blog! I really had no idea that Blogger would continue to host, but with a new domain name.
It was super simple to change my blogspot to a custom domain. Want to know how to do it?
First, go to www.GoDaddy.com and purchase your domain name. I won’t walk you through the step by step on that part. They are really easy to work with and most of their domains only cost $12 for a year! After you’ve done that, come back to blogger.
To start, go to Settings, then Basic and click on the link that says “Add a Custom Domain”. After clicking on “Add a Custom Domain”, there is another link that says “Advanced Settings”. Click on “Advanced Settings”. I don’t have a picture for that part. It’s pretty self explanatory.
This is what will pull up. Where the arrow is, type the domain name you just purchased. Make sure you have www. at the beginning because it will give you an error later if you don’t. Once the domain name is in, click on “Settings Instructions”. (If you can, right click on that to open in a new window so you don’t lose all of the work you’ve done ;)
The “Settings Instructions” will pull up instructions from Blogger. They are long and wordy, but all you really need to do is fill out the top part exactly like this and then click on “Go Daddy DNS Setup”.
This is the page that DNS link will pull up. All you have to do is type in the domain you just bought from Go Daddy.
Now, go back to Blogger on the Settings/Basis page, and click Save.
And that’s it! You’re domain is now a .com. I promise it is super fast. It took you longer to read this than it will take you to get the domain transferred over. I’m so glad I did it! YAY for owning a domain name!!
And the cool thing is, since Blogger is still hosting your blog, all of your links still work exactly the same! Blogger forwards all of the old links to the new domain seamlessly.
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