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Thursday, 14 August 2014

So I Brought My Own Domain and Instructions


I brought my own domain

Hi everyone! I just wanted to write a little post to tell you that I no longer am .blogspot and have brought my own domain!

First of all, I'm quite glad that I took this leap of faith! Plus I love the way it sounds, no more having to say velvetblushx.blogspot.co.uk.

There's quite a lot of factors that have led to me buying my own domain. When I started blogging I initially thought it was only the more established blogs that had their own domain. However, I realised that anyone can and whilst some newer blogs waited until they had been blogging for a while, others just went ahead with it from the start.

Whilst there's nothing wrong with being blogspot, I feel like buying a domain has made it more mine, a bit more personal. Hopefully it should also encourage me to put more effort into it as I have paid for it. It also means that I got the blog name I initially wanted, with no awkward x at the end.

I purchased my domain from GoDaddy for £3.50 (which seems to be many bloggers preferred choice). I did actually want .com as it sounds more worldwide, but unfortunately that was taken. So I quickly snapped up www.velvetblush.co.uk before someone else did.

There's also little difference getting .com or .co.uk, I guess it's the bloggers personal choice.

I then used some tutorials to put the codes in, which were fairly simple, and my web domain worked instantly. I didn't have to contact GoDaddy and the whole procedure was quite quick.

I did however have to claim my blog again through bloglovin, and email them to switch over my followers and delete the blogspot blog. This took about a day and they emailed me when it was done.

I am still using blogger, it's just my URL which has changed.

I am now going to show you the basic instructions to help you out:
  1. First you need to buy your domain (you do not need to purchase any extras)
  2. You then need to go to blogger, go to settings, basic and insert your new domain into blog address. It will redirect your old domain to your new domain.
  3. When you click save it will give you an error and give you two codes. SAVE THESE CODES.
  4. Next, go to your GoDaddy account and click on my account, manage my domains. Then click on your domain name, and a page will load. You then need to click on DNZ Zone file on the tab.
  5. Scroll down to CNAME Alias and you will enter your codes as records as shown below.

That's it! It should work, as stated above mines worked immediately but it might differ.

You may also wish to forward your domain, so if someone doesn't enter www. at the start your blog should still load.

Simply go to your domains, and click on the little tab next to your domain and click on forward domain.

This is how you should set it up to forward. Click on http, enter your domain and click on 301.

Overall, if this is something you're thinking of, I would say go for it. I would however recommend you spend a bit of time thinking about what you want and if you want to change your blog name whilst you do so. (It will save you a lot of time down the line)

So what do you all think of my new blog domain? Do you have any plans to change your blog domain? If you already have, what encouraged you to make the change?

14 comments:

  1. Can you link the tutorials you followed? Love the whole look - I need to do this also... X

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    1. Thank you! Tweeted you links, go for it :) xxx

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  2. Congrats in buying your own domain name! I have been toying with the idea for a while and even found the domain I wanted on godaddy but the installation part sounded quite daunting which is why I've been putting it off! Doesn't seem like you had any problems though so maybe I should just go for it... X
    Beautywithcharm.

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    1. Thank you! The installation is very easy, mines went up as soon as. If you think it's too hard then just tweet me! Yes you'll be glad you did :) xx

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  3. Wooohoo so glad you have done this, it was the best decision I made tbh xxx

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    1. Haha thank you! I think it might be mine too ;) xx

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  4. Hey lovely! With bloglovin how long was it before your name was recognised when you tried to claim your blog? I have tried the RSS feed and it currently says it is invalid but I know it can take a couple of hours to activate. I was just wondering because obviously I need to create a new bloglovin' and it is only finding my blogspot address when I try to claim it xx

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    1. Hi, mines was recognised instantly as soon as I finished setting it up! Try entering your new domain in a webpage and seeing if your blog loads. If it does then enter your new url in bloglovin. If it doesn't then it might not have moved over yet. Or try contacting bloglovin if it still isn't working? :) xxx

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  5. Very useful post. I'm sure I'll be referring back to this post in the very near future :)

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    1. Thank you so much! Let me know how you get on :) xx

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  6. I'm one of those people who wants to wait til I'm a bit more established. I know that Louise from Sprinkle of Glitter still has a blogspot in her URL so I don't feel the pressure :)

    Arianne | http://ariannecruz07.blogspot.com

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    1. Yeah just do it in your own time, and when you feel ready, because by then you'll know which direction you want to go into :) xx

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  7. I recently started blogging and bight my domain name from GoDaddy too! I think the main reason was to make it a bit more personal and to really make it my own if that makes sense :). This is such a great post and I wish I had had this when setting mine up!
    x
    www.lucyabbaszadeh.co.uk

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    1. Congratulations! That was one of the main reasons I did it too :) Thank you, hopefully it might help someone :) xx

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