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GoDaddy Domain: How I Messed Up And Fixed My Blogspot New Custom Domain

GoDaddy Domain: How I Messed Up And Fixed My Blogspot New Custom Domain


Are you still using a free Google Blogspot (e.g. bestofthebest.blogspot.com) domain? If you want to look more professional, then you need to purchase a new custom domain (e.g. bestofthebest.com or bestofthebest.org, etc.). Buying a new domain is as easy as ABC, but I messed up my new GoDaddy domain setup with my Blogspot, and I am going to share it in this blog post maybe it will help others too.


Do you need the cheapest domains?


If you need a new custom domain, I would personally recommend GoDaddy because of the promo for the first year (for new customers) where you can purchase a new domain for less than $0.99. There are some other domain registrars who offer new domains as cheap as $0.99 for the first year. 1and1 is one of the cheapest too, but according to the online reviews, their personal support is close to zero so I would not advise that. Another viable cheapest domain registrars are NameCheap. They have cheap TLDs like .press, .men, .shopping, etc., for less than $0.99.

If you are looking for cheap domains with the best registrars in the world, GoDaddy or NameCheap is your go to guy. But because I am about to talk about free host sites on Blogspot, I won't be mentioning much about the best hosting companies. BlueHost is one of the best out there if you want to host your Wordpress sites. If you are building numerous sites, maybe money sites or sites for private network blogs (PBNs), and you don't want to spend a dime on registering custom domains, then you can try out Freenoms. They offer free 12 months .tk, .ga, etc., domains, with an option to renew it for free for more months. It is also easy to set up and can be used with blogspot.

So, how did I mess up my GoDaddy domain setup on my Google blogger blogspot?

GoDaddy Domain: How I Messed Up And Fixed My Blogspot New Custom Domain
Custom domain setup on Blogger Blogspot

I visited GoDaddy and made a purchase of a new custom domain. I setup all the required settings as mentioned in Blogspot third party domain setup instructions; added the required A records, CNAME records, and added the usual Google IPs to point my domain at. I was supposed to wait a few hours for my new domain to start operating, but to my surprise, after 3 days, my domain does not work, and my blog would not even load.

GoDaddy Domain: How I Messed Up And Fixed My Blogspot New Custom Domain
DNS settings on GoDaddy

I knew something was wrong somewhere. I scrubbed the internet looking for a fast solution, because GoDaddy's online customer support wasn't available at the time, and being in an African country, the international call charges to reach their phone support could well cost me over $5, whereas the domain I paid for was just $0.99. Is it worth it? I asked myself.

While I was searching the internet for a solution, and I even had to log in to GoDaddy community to ask other members for a solution, I discovered that over the years, many have had many problems with setting up their custom domain to blogspot. It was a frustrating experience because I didn't think my blog would be down for than 48 hours. 


After retrying and resetting up all settings as required, I was about to give up when I suddenly thought about how I could have messed this domain up. Viola, it occurred to me that when I was still using the dot Blogspot domain, I have had a lot of javascript and HTML codes set up specifically for the domain with the Blogspot extension. Every time I tried to access my site, it loads as if it would open, but bounces back and reload, and it continues like that. Then, it shouldn't be about my DNS settings on my domain registrar dashboard.


How did I fix this?


It was pretty easy, and if I knew about this from the onset, I'd have done the very first minute I paid for a new domain. All I had to was revert all my blog's template to default. Yes, default! I wiped out all the settings and plugin scripts I had added manually.

GoDaddy Domain: How I Messed Up And Fixed My Blogspot New Custom Domain
Backed up, then reinstall my theme/template


And to my greatest surprise, my blog loaded easily. Wow! I had made an international call to GoDaddy's phone support, incurring unreasonable charges, whereas all I had to do was just reset my blog's template. If you do not know how to revert your blog's template to default, just change the template altogether, and manually add the JavaScript or HTML codes you need on it.

Another problem I encountered immediately after I had my domain working was for the naked domain to work by redirecting to the normal domain (e.g, bestofthebest.com to www.bestofthebest.com)

GoDaddy Domain: How I Messed Up And Fixed My Blogspot New Custom Domain
Correct forwarding format


On blogger, there is a setting you just have to click to allow when users type in your blog's domain naked, it redirects to the normal domain. I had this setting done on blogger. Where I messed up the setting was on my GoDaddy domain dashboard where I had pointed my new domain to the naked domain (eg. bestofthebest.com) instead of the adding the (www.) prefix (eg. www.bestofthebest.com). I fixed this and all worked perfectly. 

I hope after reading this, you do not mess up your custom domain setup. You can read fully on how to setup a custom domain on Google Blogspot here. 

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