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Blogger has allowed custom domains to be used for blogger accounts as of January 5th. This is great because you do not need to pay for a hosting account and you can use your own custom domain. No need for myname.blogspot.com anymore. There are still a few unresolved problems with this feature. My trouble was that I was able to get mydomain.com to work but not www.mydomain.com. How you get it to work is you edit the CNAME entries with your domain registrar. You need to set it up so that it points to ghs.google.com. I also setup an alias for www pointed that as well to ghs.google.com. When signed into Blogger, if you go to Settings, then go to Publishing you have the field were you can specify the domain, but not a subdomain or alias. Darnell Clayton came up with a Google Apps Workaround. I gave it a try, he said that it can take up to 24 hours, so I guess I will have to wait and see if this solution will work. In going through the example I found an alternate workaround that I will dub the “Google Apps – Domain Web Pages” workaround. To do this follow the steps below.

1. Sign up for Google Apps and select the Domain Web Pages service.

2. Enable Domain Web Pages from the Dashboard.

3. Choose www as the publishing address.

4. Follow the step to setup the CNAME with your registrar if you have not already done so.

5. From the Page Manager click on the page icon with a house silhouette on it. The page will then open in edit mode. Click on the link at the bottom right of the screen to edit html. Go ahead and delete anything in there and add this:

<meta content=”0; URL=http://mydomain.com” http-equiv=”Refresh” />
6. Click on the Change Look near the top on the right, and change the design to a minimalist template such as Micro Ghost.

7. Click the publish button if the page is not already being published.

8. Now go back to your blogger account and ensure that your custom domain name that is entered is http://mydomain.com (without the www).

So, basically what is happening is that the html code is redirecting the page to the URL that does not have the www subdomain. This is far from a solution, but until Google cleans up some of the mess with Custom Domain, this will get you working.

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11 Comments

  1. Comment by Louie on January 17, 2007

    Help. I was following your instructions (and the previous ones too). Yesterday http://www.everythingispointless pointed to everythingispointless.blogspot.com and everythingispointless.com gave 404.

    Now on http://www.everythingispointless.com I’m getting my blog or the google apps page or 404. Oh and everythingispointless.com now points to a something different.

    Any ideas. I wish I hadn’t started down this google apps road!

  2. Comment by Jeremy on January 17, 2007

    Hello Louie. From my end it looks like http://www.everythingispointless.com is working correctly. However http://everythingispointless.com is being redirected to http://google.everythingispointless.com which gets a Server Not Found error. I am thinking that maybe Google is making changes. Tony Ruscoe talks on his blog about a Security Hole that was found: http://blog.outer-court.com/archive/2007-01-14-n21.html. I just checked on my Blogger and the domain name without the www redirects to the domain name with the www. I had it setup to redirect, so it was caught in a never ending loop. This is pretty frustrating. I think Google should add the Beta status back to the Blogger logo.

  3. Comment by Louie on January 17, 2007

    Hey Jeremy.

    Frustrating isn’t the word! I set the google.everythingispointless.com according to the first instructions I saw and deleting it hasn’t got rid of it.

    At least my main page is working again. This is really annoying though.

  4. Comment by Darnell Clayton on January 17, 2007

    Hey Jeremy,

    Thanks for stopping by!

    From what I’m seeing, the Blogger team has a “slight” bug in the system that Google Apps seems to rectify.

    As far as Louie goes, you are SO close (I was receiving something similar).

    If you don’t see anything after a day or so, try redirecting the google CNAME to your domain name.

  5. Comment by Jeremy on January 18, 2007

    I am now officially not able to add my domain. Entering either http://www.mydomain.com or mydomain.com into the custom domain gives the error message Another blog is already hosted at this address. So, the frustration continues…

  6. Comment by David Gonzalez on January 31, 2007

    Hi there!

    I am just facing something and wondering if it has to do with the same issue. Here is the story:
    I have two blogs: nomadtest.blogspot.com, and blognomadland.blogspot.com

    and one domain name: http://www.davidg.es
    By error, I switched to nomadtest.blogspot.com to custom domain http://www.davidg.es. In fact I wanted to swicth the other.

    When I realised I went back immediately, reversing nomadtest to blogger publishing, then switched blognomadland to http://www.davidg.es. Surprise, error message saying “this domain is being used by another blog”.

    So I deleted nomadtest ( the whole blog) and I tried again. Still same error. Seems like a blogger caching error, any idea? Now I can not publish my blog on my own domain…. :-( (

    thanks!

  7. Comment by Prashanth on June 13, 2007

    Hi,
    I faced same problem while switching to custom domain.
    Darnell suggested me to try disabling “Domain Web Pages” at “Google Apps”.
    I just did that & blogger accepted my domain!

  8. Comment by Ian on December 17, 2007

    Erm, disbaled the web page servive in Google apps resovles the publishing problem for http://www.something.com

    But it doesn’t work when i check the box that ssy “redirect http://something.com to http://www.something com”

    It gives the red colour message that says “another blog is hosted in this address..”

  9. Comment by ripejuice on January 26, 2008

    Defenitely there are many people having trouble using custom domains in blogger.There are usually bugs when trying to redirect mydomain.com to http://www.mydomain.com in blogger.Errors like one shown below “THERE ARE ERRORS ON THIS FORM” is found while trying to redirect mydomain.com to http://www.mydomain.com.

    Read the update in the bottom section of the below link which gives you full idea…
    http://www.trapbot.com/blogging/custom-domain-errors-in-blogger/10/

    thank you

  10. Comment by Ken Hanscom on February 4, 2008

    Interestingly, some folks have had problems getting both http://www.yourdomain.com and yourdomain.com working using blogger. However, it is possible using a 301 redirect for your custom domain. In case anyone is interested, I posted a how-to here:

    http://www.somelifeblog.com/2008/02/blogger-custom-domains-using-301.html

  11. Comment by Edsil Puno on January 17, 2009

    I just bought a domain name from bigdaddy via blogger. The problem is that my blog http://gramercycondo.blogspot.com is not redirecting to my new domain http://www.gramercycondo.com

    Please help..

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