Thursday, 3 January 2013

How To Use Free NameCheap DNS To Set Up Blogger Custom Domain With Registrars That Do Not Offer DNS Management


Recently, Blogger afflicted how we set up custom area for Blogspot blogs, now authoritative it compulsory to set up 2 CNAMEs afore a custom area can plan with a blogspot address. Out of the 2 CNAMEs, one is the aforementioned for all blogger blogs (ghs.google.com) while the added is different to anniversary blog.
If your area name agent does not action FREE DNS Management, you ability acquisition it difficult ambience up a custom area for your blog because you will not be able to adapt the area settings by yourself and even if the agent accept to set it up for you, that agency you will accept to get the data of the different CNAME beyond to the agent and this ability adjournment things.

If you are stucked with such area name registrar, do not worry, you can still set up your custom area by yourself application the Namecheap Free DNS service. The account offers an easy-to-use DNS administration animate which you can use to absolutely administer your DNS settings irrespective of area you registered your area name.
How To Get Started

I will be using www.syskay.com as an example. Syskay.com is a top Nigerian domain name registrar where you can buy cheap domain names in Nigeria but Syskay do not offer DNS management as at the time of publishing this post.

If you did not register your domain name with Syskay, you can still set up up a custom domain for your blogger blog using the Free DNS service of Namecheap if you follow the steps below carefully.

Let's get started

==> Login to your blog, go to settings=> publishing => add custom domain

==> Enter www.yourdomain.com in the box and save.

==> After clicking save, you will see an error message or redirected to a page where you have your two unique records displayed.

==> Copy the details (Name and destination) of the second CNAME quoted in the error message ( IP and value ) ans paste it in a notepad or elsewhere. (Very Important)


==> Go to www.syskay.com

==> Scroll down and click on the "Support" link

==> Use the log in form on the page to log into your Syskay account

==> Click on "Domains", then "My Domains"

==> Click "Manage Domain" next to the domain name you want to configure

==> Click on the "Nameservers" tab

==> Tick the "Use Custom Nameservers"




==> Enter the Nameservers below as seen in the picture above ( You can arrange anyhow)

    freedns1.registrar-servers.com
    freedns2.registrar-servers.com
    freedns3.registrar-servers.com
    freedns4.registrar-servers.com
    freedns5.registrar-servers.com

==> Click the "Change Nameservers" button

==> Go to www.namecheap.com and sign up for a free account

==> Log into your Namecheap account and go to www.namecheap.com/products/freedns.aspx

==> Enter your domain in the form "ogbongeblog.com" and click the "Get DNS" button

==> You will see ".....can be added to our system" as seen in the picture below



==> Click on the "Add DNS Service for Selected Domains" button as seen in the picture above

==> If successful, you should see "Congratulations! Your domain/ sub-domain is added to our DNS service....."

==> Since you have already added their Nameservers to your domain name earlier, you will just have to wait for your domain to be activated. This will take some few minutes.

==> You can follow up with the status here: https://manage.www.namecheap.com/myaccount/hosteddomainslist.aspx

==> Keep checking the page and once the domain is active (indicated by a green "tick" sign under "status"), you can set up the zone records as explained below

NOTE: You will have to be refreshing the page for you to confirm if it has been activated or not.

==> Click on the domain name and you will see a page similar to the one below:


==> In the first box (with host name : @), under IP Address/URL, enter http://www.yourblog.com/

Choose "URL Redirect" as the record type and enter 1800 as the TTL.

==> In the second box (with host name : www), under IP Address/URL, enter ghs.google.com.  (please take note of the dot after the com)

Choose "CNAME" as the record type and enter 1800 as the TTL

Now, go to the "Sub-Domain Settings". Right here, you will enter the name and destination of the second CNAME you copied earlier.

==> In the "Host Name" field, enter the value listed under Name, Label, or Host field of your second CNAME

==> In the "IP Address/URL" field, copy and paste the verification string (xxxxxxxxxxxxx.domainverify.googlehosted.com.) listed under Destination, Target, or Points for your second CNAME. (please take note of the dot after the com)

==> Select CNAME from the "Record type" drop-down menu under "Subdomains Settings" and enter 1800 as the TTL

==> Click Save Changes button at the bottom of the page.

==> Head back to Blogger.com, go to settings=> publishing => add custom domain

==> Click Save to finalize your custom domain setup. If saving does not work, then you’ll have to wait a little while and try again. Saving won’t be possible until the DNS changes have fully updated, and some registrars may take up to an hour or more before that happens.

==> Once it saves successfully, tick the "redirect .yourname..com to www.yourname.com" box. Thereafter,  if you access www.yourblog.com, it should take you to your blogger blog.
SOURCE:OGBONGEBLOG

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