Create a CNAME record for my custom domain
Note: The setup process for newly-purchased domains may take up to 24 hours.
A CNAME, or Canonical Name, record is an entry within the Domain Name System (DNS) that specifies where a user can find your web pages, or any other URL. You’ll use the CNAME to associate your custom domain with your blog.
You’ll create two CNAME records. First you’ll need a corresponding CNAME record for the blog address you selected, associating it with ghs.google.com. For example, if you selected blog.mydomain.com then you will need to associate blog to ghs.google.com.
Next, you need a second security CNAME record. When you try to register your domain in the Blogger UI, the system should fail and display two security tokens. You will need to create a second CNAME record to associate the short token (example: hqzzzn56a3ri) to the long token (example: gv-oc7x5vzzzqxirt.dv.googlehosted.com). Keep in mind that changes to DNS records make take up to 48 hours to take effect.
Each hosting service has slightly different ways to create CNAME records. Guidelines are provided here for some of the common services. When in doubt, check with the particular company you’re using for additional help or instructions.
- Log in to your account at www.godaddy.com.
- Open the Domains tab and select My Domain Names. You’ll be directed to the Domain Manager page.
- Click the domain that you’d like to use with your blog.
- Click the Total DNS Control And MX Records link at the bottom of the section entitled Total DNS.
- Click Add New CNAME Record in the box labelled CNAMES (aliases). If you’ve already created a CNAME record for your blog’s address, click the pencil icon next to the existing CNAME record.
- For the Name, enter only the subdomain of the address you want to use for your blog. For example, if you picked www.mydomain.com as your address, enter www here.
- Enter ghs.google.com as the Host Name. Specify a TTL or use the default setting of 1 hour.
- Click OK.
- Click Add New CNAME Record again in the box labelled CNAMES (aliases).
- For the Name, enter the short security token.
- Enter the long security token as the Host Name. Specify a TTL or use the default setting of 1 hour.
- Click OK, and then click OK again.
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