Hosting Blogger On Your Own Domain

 

Note: This post now also pertains to the new Blogger Beta. It is now safe to change over to the new version of Blogger. FTP functionality is now supported, although you won’t enjoy all of the new features of Blogger.

Update: I have now posted some video tutorials on how to set up WordPress on your own domain. If you are willing to take a look at WordPress as an alternative to Blogger, check them out, otherwise these instructions should get you all set up.

This is for my friends in my BYU Internet Marketing class where everyone will be setting up a blog and blogging for class credit. In class, someone asked if it was possible to put your blogger account on your on domain. So, here’s my post on Hosting Blogger On Your Own Domain.

Step 1 – Buy your domain name
The first thing to do is to buy your domain name. I suggest using a registrar that is separate from your hosting account. Personally, I use Godaddy.

The reason I suggest keeping the name registrar and hosting separate is so that you can switch to a new host easily if a company comes out with a killer hosting package.

Step 2 – Get a hosting account
Next, you need to get a hosting account. I own a Host Monster
account, which allows me to put unlimited domain names on my one account. They also offer a ton of storage and bandwidth, and have great customer support.

If you bought your domain separately from your hosting account, you need to set up your DNS. Otherwise, move on to Step 3. Also, if when purchasing your domain, you were asked to specify your primary domain, and set that up during the sign-up proces, move to Step 3.

The following instructions apply to HostMonster or Bluehost and Godaddy accounts. The principles are the same for other hosting, but details may vary. Consult the support for your registrar and hosting account if you need help for your specific needs.

Godaddy (or whatever registrar you used) needs to know where the files are that make up your actual website. To point Godaddy to your hosting account, sign in to your account at Godaddy, click on ‘My Account’, and then click ‘Manage Domains’. You should now see all of your domain names listed. Click on your domain name. On the right you should see a section that says “Nameservers Summary”, in that section click on the “Click here to see details or to modify” link.

Once you are at the Set Name Server screen, select ‘Single Domain’ and the ‘Custom Name Servers’ radio buttons. In the Name server 1 and 2 fields you need to enter the name server information from your hosting account. Most likely you received this in an email when you signed up for your hosting account. Host Monster’s
name servers are NS1.HOSTMONSTER.COM and NS2.HOSTMONSTER.COM.

You almost have your domain and hosting account set up, and that is most of the hard stuff. The last step is to set up your addon domain on your hosting account. Log into your cpanel (usually http://yourdomainname.com/cpanel) and from there, click on the “Addon Domains” link. Follow the directions, and you should have your domain name pointing to your hosting account in no time.

Step 3 – Set up an FTP account
Set up your FTP account. FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol which is the way Blogger publishes your blog to your hosted account.

From your cPanel (http://yourdomainname.com/cpanel), click on ‘FTP Manager’. On the next screen, click “FTP Accounts.” You can now create a new account which will be used by blogger to publish your blog by clicking “Add FTP Account.”

Make sure you specify the correct directory that you want your blog to be published to. For example, if you want your blog to be located at http://youraccount.com/blog/, then the path would most likely be /home/acc_name/public_html/blog/, unless you are using an addon domain, in which case it would be located at /home/acc_name/public_html/addon-domain-name/blog/.

Step 4 – Get a Blogger Account
Now, you’ll need a Blogger account. This is a pretty easy and painless step. Just follow their directions.
Step 5 – Connect Blogger to your FTP Account
The last thing you’ll need to do is connect Blogger to your ftp account. Once you are signed into your Blogger account, go into your blog’s admin panel, click on the ‘Settings’ tab, and then on the ‘Publishing’ sub-tab. From there, click on the “Switch to FTP” link.

From here, just fill in the information according to how you set it up in the hosting cPanel. Note: the FTP Server will be ftp.yourdomain.com. Your FTP path should be left blank if you set up the ftp account correctly. The username should be in username@domain.com format.

Hope this helps. With all that said, I use WordPress now for my blogging, which if you bought a hosting account through Host Monster
is really easy to set up. Just go to the “Fantastico” link and create a new WordPress install.

40 thoughts on “Hosting Blogger On Your Own Domain”

  1. Big thanks to you, Jimmy, for laying out such excellent instructions that will definitely aid this geek-in-training to do more of this kind of stuff more on my own. Much appreciation.

  2. Thanks for the article. I’m updating my current site to re-launch end of Jan ’07. I want to incorporate a blog as well. Question: Can you elaborate a little as to why you switched to WordPress? I was looking at it too, but your article made setup seem pretty simple to stick with Blogger. Don’t know which to choose from.
    Thanks

  3. Hi John,

    The reasons I like to use Word Press over Blogger on my own domain is because I like the categorization, the plug-ins, and the ability to really customize my blog. Also, with Word Press, you don’t have to wait for your blog to be republished every time you change anything. It’s dynamic which makes changes happen instantly.

    The new Blogger (now out of beta) gives you a ton of new features that are cool, but not all of those can be activated when you choose to publish to your own site via ftp. If I were hosting my blog at blogspot.com then I would probably use Blogger.

    If you have a hosting account, chances are good that WordPress is set up as an application to install by using Fantastico. It makes it super easy to set up a WordPress blog on your domain (or a subdomain). I use Host Monster for this site and several others.

    Really, you can’t go too wrong with either blogging platform, I just prefer WordPress.

  4. Thanks for the head’s up. After doing much research and comparisons, I’ve already gone through WordPress “how to” articles today and read the features and benefits – coinsides with your opinion. WP is really laid out easy and seems simple to install, along with great “getting started” and other help articles in the DOC’s section. I like that it’s so flexible. As my experience grows using WP, so can my flexibility to make needed changes. Found great forums too. I’m hosting my blog on my hosting account so WP will be my choice. Thanks for your input and hope this helps others with their research as well.

  5. Thanks for the easy look at how to switch over from blogspot to godaddy. I wasn’t sure I needed hosting -but, yah, if blogger transfers my files by ftp to my godaddy domain – hosting would be NICE! LOL. Great post – thanks again. Vern from Blog Simply!

  6. emmvie,

    Sorry it’s taken so long to respond to your question.

    If the option isn’t readily available at the publish tab inside of blogger, then there are 2 things that you need to do.

    #1 – Set “Blog Readers” to “Anybody.” This is found in “Settings” => “Permissions”

    #2 – Change your blog to use a “Classic Template.” This is found at “Template” => “Edit HTML” at the very bottom of the page. Click the link that says “Revert to Classic Template.”

    Once you have completed those steps, you should be able to go back to “Settings” => “Publish” and choose the FTP or SFTP option.

  7. What about through Plesk? My web hosting account uses Plesk. I was wondering if you know how to configure the publishing of my blog from Blogger to my web host.

    Thanks!

  8. I have hosted my blogger blog on my own host via ftm. the arvchive links have not changed and still point to the old blogspot address. Also I want to create a new site map for my site which includes my blog pages. The site map generator wont recognice them, even though they are in a folder (blog) same as en folder were all the pages are… Any Ideas??? I use xml sitemaps .com

  9. hi jimmy , I have bought a new Page Ranking domain yesterday and I need to use that domain for blogging. My domain is registered in godaddy. How can I push my new domain to blogger or wordpress?? whether this need a hosting ?? please explain me the procedures to set up.. I’m bit confused , Plz help me.. tanx in advance.. waiting for your reply….

  10. WordPress has been liked because of additional features but blogger has been easy to use compared to wordpress. WordPress is not easy to use for non-technical person.

    Big thanks for sharing such a explanatory post on hosting blogger on own domain. Still many are not aware of this.

  11. From what I can tell Blogger will host your site now without charge. I have just looked at a site SpoilerTV which has millions of hits per year and is being hosted this way although looking at the site there is nothing to indicate that it is being hosted by Blogger. For most of us millions of hits is not going to be a problem but I am surprised that such a large site could get free hosting in this way. Maybe I have got something wrong there!

  12. I am wondering how to host my blogger blog on my site (www.floartists.com/blog)

    Did blogger take the FTP function away? I don’t see it in the publish tab anymore……HELP!

    Thanks in advance!

  13. It looks like they did take away the FTP functionality. Instead, you can point your DNS CNAME directly to Google and it will serve up the pages for you, on your own domain.

  14. That a smart move that you register your domain and hosting in different hosting provider. While we know that godaddy may not the best option hosting as well but godaddy provide cheap domain .

    It quite risky if you do so bec if you have too much hosting and domain will cause you forget to renew it . But same like you said that it really easy to transfer everywhere.

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  17. Very helpful instructions to set up a blog. It maps out the steps necessary to get a blog up and running. Having a free blog hosted by Blogger or WordPress has its limitations and also does not look as professional as having your own domain name. Having no experience in setting up the stuff at first might look very difficult, but when you start doing it and asking for help from experienced people you know or on the web, it pays off in the end. There are many benefits to owning a blog where you can express your thoughts and feelings about items of interest to you. Like everything else in life, the start would be difficult, but when you get that over and done with, the rest is pretty straightforward, and it gets better with experience.

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