Hello love bugs.
Today I am steering away from my usual fashion and beauty orientated posts to discuss how I FINALLY did the big change over from having a blogger hosted site to my very own domain name! This is something that has been a long time coming to be honest as it’s been well over a year since I first began my blog.
I started my blog in October 2015 however it took me awhile to find my feet and I would say my blog didn’t really begin running until early 2016. Finding the perfect balance between working a full time job, running a weekly blog and managing full time social media accounts was quite daunting at first. I didn’t feel ready to embrace all the fine details needed for my blog site just yet as I wanted to first of all find my place in the blogosphere, establish myself and my content and then think about the finer details like having my own domain name.
In my eyes (though perhaps still quite inexperienced) I don’t think having my site name as natashatodd.blogspot.co.uk held me back in any way. Over the course of 2016 I worked with some amazing brands and got plenty of opportunities to socialise with other bloggers which really made 2016 an incredible starting point for my blog. For me now I knew it was finally the right time as I had settled into a good routine with my instagram, I have plenty to write about and now had found my happy place PLUS I also could see more growth for my blog. For me it’s not about being strict and posting a certain amount of times a week on certain days. I just want to produce good content without forcing it out of myself; I want to create a good creative flow without any pressure which is exactly what I have managed to do.
BUYING YOUR DOMAIN NAME
So first off you need to have your domain name. I opted to use Go Daddy as they are pretty popular and there’s lots of help available online too in case you get stuck. This part is super straight forward you just search the name you want ie: natashatodd.co.uk and see if it’s available. If it’s not available you can try using .com instead or perhaps slightly altering your choice to see if there are alternatives available.
Once you see it is available then you either can go straight through to your cart or you also have the option to buy other extensions to your domain name such as .org / .net / .info ect. I think people do this to make the name of their website more exclusive and stops people having a similar named website to them. I decided on just buying .co.uk as that wasn’t an important factor for me. I just went straight through to the checkout selected my domain for one year and bought it for just £4.99. Easy peasy.
ADDING YOUR DOMAIN NAME TO BLOGGER
So next up is the fun part...
- Go to your settings in blogger and under Publishing → Blog Address: select 'Set up a 3rd party URL for your blog'.
- Enter your new URL in the space provided. You must include the www.
- Now click save. Once you’ve pressed save an error will appear underneath with two CNAMES. Both of these are split into two halves. The first half is the Name, Label or Host field. The second half is the Destination, Target or Points To field. CNAMES are the resource records which link directly to your blog. They need to be transferred over to your DNS settings in GoDaddy to enable your new URL to link directly back to your blog.
- Head over to Go Daddy and sign into your account. Select the ‘manage’ option which sits to the right of DOMAINS. This will direct you to your domains page. Now click the settings cog and select the second option ‘Manage DNS’.
- This will bring you to a page which will list all your resource records. Look for the CNAMES which are similar to the ones which appeared in your blogger page. When you see it – click on the pencil for the first one which will allow you to edit the record. Copy and Paste the host name and the points to name into the relevant boxes. Leave the TTL option as it is and press save. Now repeat these steps for your second CNAME.
- Now head back over to your blogger settings page and click save again.
- The changeover takes approx 24 hours to work so give it some time and don't panic. You may experience some problems throughout those 24 hours. Just be patient as it will work itself out normally. The next day I couldn't access my blog at all during some points of the day but I would just leave it and come back later in the day and it would work again. After that it has worked perfectly ever since.
LINKING YOUR NAKED DOMAIN
Last up in an optional choice which enables you to link a naked URL straight back to your blog. So for example if someone typed natashatodd.co.uk rather than www.natashatodd.co.uk it will still direct the person to my blog page. To do this you will need to link the A Records (Address Records) which point to Bloggers four different Google IPs. These 4 different A Records are the same for everyone using blogger and are as follows:
All you have to do is head back over to your Records page in Go Daddy. Then scroll to the bottom and press the add button. This will allow you to add a new record to your DNS. A Records are used to point a domain name to a static IP address. Add each A Record separately like I have below ↴
Then to finish up all you need to do is save and exit out of Go Daddy. Hoorah. The end. Thank God. I dont know about you guys but when it comes to things like html and IT lingo it can be a little overwhelming and I tend to need at least half a year off from looking at a computer afterwards. In all seriousness though once you've finished adding your new domain name go and grab yourself a cuppa, it's time to relax.
To celebrate finally having my very own domain name, Stickapp kindly sent me some personalised stickers which I have been fully loving up. The quality of the stickers are fantastic and they look SO good. I even chose to get a few cute little ones to decorate my new office stationary with, give them a check out here!
I hope my tips on changing your Domain name on Blogger helps! I am definitley no IT guru so forgive me if not aha - I just thought it might be handy to share how I myself managed to get through doing the changeover!