Blogger Custom Domain – Subdomain vs. Naked Domain (Use Both)

NOTE: This post will be easier to understand for those who have registered their domains at 1and1.com and for the rest, this post will surely give you a hint to redirect your custom-domain to Blogger blogs in the best possible way.

Blogger Custom Domain - Subdomain vs. Naked Domain (Use Both)After publishing the recent post on BloggerStop about a free domain offer from 1and1, I received a number of mails and queries from fellow bloggers with similar doubts on how to redirect their newly registered domains to their already existing Blogger blogs.

Although I have already posted a tutorial explaining the procedure to redirect a custom domain to a Blogger blog, but due to recent changes at Blogger some new issues have cropped up in this process.

An important and major issue of concern to many bloggers is the restriction imposed by Blogger on using naked-domain-names (domain names without WWW or any other sub-domain) with their blogs as a custom-domain.

As for many newbie bloggers, even this problem is difficult to understand, so let me first explain it in simple terms, what exactly the problem is:
The Basics…
A domain name, just like an email address, is simply a name registered online where a website can be hosted:
example.com is a domain name (example.net, example.org and example.info – all these are also domains with different TLDs).

Now anything to the left of these domain names (including WWW) is a sub-domain of that domain:
WWW.example.COM is a sub-domain of example.com
BLOG.example.COM is again another sub-domain of example.COM

WWW.example.INFO is a sub-domain of example.INFO

Now the Problem…

In Blogger you can use any custom (SUB)-domain (XYZ.example.com) instead of the blogger address (SOMETHING.blogspot.com) presently in use. That means, once you do this redirection, whenever somebody enters the address example.com s/he will see your blog’s (SOMETHING.blogspot.com) content but the address shown in the address bar will be example.com

Earlier Blogger allowed naked as well as sub-domains to be used as custom domains. But recently it has changed its system and now it ONLY allows sub-domains.
Therefore, if presently your blog address is “SOMETHING.blogspot.com”
then you can only use sub-domains like “www.EXAMPLE.com” or “blog.EXAMPLE.com” as your new custom-domain and NOTEXAMPLE.com

And due to this restriction you MAY lose some of your visitors who may enter your blog address as “EXAMPLE.com” instead of “www.EXAMPLE.com“. Moreover it may create some SEO issues too.

And The Solution

To avoid these problems, you should redirect your naked-domain (EXAMPLE.com) to your sub-domain (WWW/BLOG.EXAMPLE.com) where your blog is located. Now, this can be done in three different ways:

1. A simple url-redirection (strictly NOT advisable)

2. Through DNS management (by changing CNAME records) – the general method advised by Blogger, but NOT by me (but REMEMBER that cname method is the only method you should use while redirecting your sub-domain to your Blogger blog).
This is because, once you redirect your domain to Blogger using CNAME, then you will lose your email address located at your domain (admin@example.com or info@example.com etc.)

3. Through DNS management (by changing “A Name Records“) – Advised by both Blogger and Me.
To do this, once you have redirected your sub-domain to your Blogger based blog, go to the DNS management section of your naked-domain (example.com) and edit its “A Name Records” paste exactly this value in to it:

216.239.32.21

Blogger Custom Domain - Subdomain vs. Naked Domain (Use Both)
Once this is done, go to Blogger.com -> Settings -> publishing
and mark the tick-box “Redirect EXAMPLE.com to www.EXAMPLE.com

Blogger Custom Domain - Subdomain vs. Naked Domain (Use Both)
Advantages of following this method:
1. Your blog will be hosted at the sub-domain your choice…(WWW.example123.com or BLOG.example123.com)

2. Your domain will also be redirected to your sub-domain, so if someone enters this address:
example.com/2010/07/test-post.html (a test post on your DOMAIN)
s/he will be redirected to this address:
www.example.com/2010/07/test-post.html (the test post on your SUB-DOMAIN)

3. You can access your emails on the same domain name, for example admin@example.com or ANYTHING@example.com

NOTE: To create emails on your domain name, along with editing the “A Name Records“, you have to change the “MX Records” too. And edit these MX records to point them to “Google Apps” where you can create up to 50 free emails and use the free space and features provided by gmail to store your emails.

In case, you have more doubts please use the comments form below which may solve others queries as well.

References:
1. A naked Domain
2. Using Custom domains on Blogger – Part 1 and Part 2
3. Image credits: Gp2b

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Sharukh Khan
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How do you make the 301 redirect like the one you have which redirects your blog to http://bloggerstop.net? YOur tutorial doesn't work.

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Divya Sai
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You cannot use 301 redirects in Blogger, as Blogger doesn't allow hosting.
When BloggerStop was registered, at that time it was allowed to use naked domains as custom domains, so my blog is located at Bloggerstop.net
while http://www.Bloggerstop.net redirects to bloggerstop.net (non-www version) by the above mentioned CNAME redirection.

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Anonymous
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Great post buddy.But can u explain in detail regarding the email setup and stuff on email which yu were talking abt.i'm confused with email setup in 1and1

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Rae
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If you just want to use naked domain as your blog's address(like me), just put a space in front of the whole domain.
For example, you put " .DOMAINNAME.COM" in the blogger setting page.
Then this would work!

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Divya Sai
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@Anonymous,
Yeah I will explain it in detail in my upcoming post.

@Rae
Thanks for the tip. I have updated the post with that info. I'm sure this will help a number of other bloggers too.

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काशिफ़ आरिफ़/Kashif Arif
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Sai….What a timing you have. I just open my mail box to ask you abt this & i found my answer.

thanx a lot I'm giving comment after finishing dis work.

I have two questions..

1….In your blog every link has icon which showing it will open in a new window?

2…..I want to add Ad Banner Space just like u did??

Waiting 4 ur reply

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काशिफ़ आरिफ़/Kashif Arif
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What is better service for Domain mail address

Google Or Domain Provider(1and1)

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Divya Sai
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Haha glad to know that Kashif… 1. In my blog, while interlinking I use naked domain to link any page (including the homepage) of my blog. And to link any other (external) site, I use the prefix(sub-domain) WWW. So, that gives me a difference between my own links and links to external sites, and based on this difference and using this method I show those icons along-side external links. 2. Refer to this tutorial: Add 125×125 ad-spots to Blogger blogs. 3. As Google's Gmmail is all about mail-management, so I am sure that it is better than 1and1 mail. Moreover… Read more »
RNM
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Good Post 🙂

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Faiz Sheikh
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I've a question. My current blog is for example http://example.blogspot.com. However, I have an e-commerce website say http://www.example.com as my primary website, now i want my blog to be a sub domain of my primary e-commerce website i.e http://www.blog.example.com. I've some concerns about it. I want the layout, design, my widgets etc to remain the same as currently it is. Another thing is that I want to use the blogger control panel instead of FTP or CMS etc.

Can someone please help me explaining if this is possible & what are its technical requirements?

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Faizy
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Please email me here if possible: faizzsheikh@gmail.com

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Divya Sai
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You can easily make those changes, and in Blogger the controls will ALWAYS remain at Blogger-Dashboard itself. NO FTP/CMS ever.
Simply follow the tutorial and your new blog address will be:
blog.example.com

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Reza Winandar
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This post wasn't useful for me, but I'll bookmark it in case I need it in the future 😀

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Anshul
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nice long explaination, me always lazy at writing and reading those 🙂
Good work keep it up..

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Waseem Shahzad
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Dear friend i see it is great i m using a free domain http://www.dfmoviez.co.cc/
i also want to make it a forum like your website can u help me i shall wait for your reply
aikajnabishahzada@gmail.com

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Irwan Nemoto
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thanks mate for sharing this.. 🙂

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dewimarie
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hi,

ive just recently got a domain name but not from the company you provided. but i have tried the instructions you have given to eliminate the www. (who uses that anymore anyway, seriously?). but it doesnt work.

when i type in a space before .helloembrace.org

blogger would say – URL contains illegal characters
even if without the "." and just the space, it would say another blog has been hosted there already.

pls help. 🙂

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Divya Sai
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Don't put any dot before the naked domain.

1. First try the cname records method (at your domain registrar). Then at blogger, use that "<space>naked-domain.com"

2. If it is not working, then use the "A name records method", under the A name, enter the IP address, and simply add the naked-domain to your blogger blog.

In any case it may take a few minutes-hours to transfer the domain from your domain-registrar to Blogger.

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Eric L Nowak
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I am having no luck with getting my naked domain to work through 1and1. 🙁

I am trying to do option 3 of the original post. I want to fix this right. So, I just enter 216.239.32.21 in the advanced DNS section, right? Then, I check the mysite.com check box in my Blogger dashboard, right? Am I missing something?

http://www.mysite.com is working, but not mysite.com.

Thanks!

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Divya Sai
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Hey Eric, it usually takes some minutes to hours (or rarely days) to see the changes in effect.
If you are talking about your domain stackedwallet, then it has already started working. If that's not the domain you are referring to, then please mention the domain name here.

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