Monday, February 10, 2014

Creating a Custom Wedding Website Using Blogger: Part 3

Alright, you've made it this far, just one more step to go to complete your custom wedding website!  You've totally got this.

If you missed Part 1 or Part 2, make sure to check them out first.

The final installment of this tutorial series is behind a cut, mostly because I saw this .gif on ONTD the other day and I need to use it.

Doeblerghini Bunch:  Jon Ralphio The Wooorst


Now, if you bought one, you’ll want to link your custom domain to your blogger website.  So when people type in the domain name you bought, they are automatically transferred to your blogger site with no one the wiser!

Go back to your settings and this time click Basic.

Doeblerghini Bunch:  Wedding Website - Linking Custom Domain

Edit the publishing section and fill in your custom domain name and then click the Save button.

Doeblerghini Bunch:  Wedding Website - Linking Custom Domain
You’ll see an error and then two CNAMEs listed.  The first CNAME is the same for everyone, and the second is particular to your blog and your Google account.   Open a new tab and log into your domain registrar’s account and access your DNS (Domain Name System) settings. 

If you used GoDaddy to purchase your domain, click the plus sign next to Domains on the main screen and then click the Launch button for your wedding website domain.

Doeblerghini Bunch:  Wedding Website - Linking Custom Domain
 
Click the DNS Zone File tab and then click Edit.

Doeblerghini Bunch:  Wedding Website - Linking Custom Domain


Now it’s time to enter those CNAMEs we got as an error from Blogger. 

Click QuickAdd under the CNAME section and then type in the first ghs.google.com CNAME.  Enter www in the Host column and ghs.google.com in the Points to column.  Enter the second CNAME the same way.  When you’re done, click Save Zone file. 

Doeblerghini Bunch:  Wedding Website - Linking Custom Domain

Wait about an hour for these settings to activate and then return to the Blogger settings screen and re-save your custom domain settings. 

And that’s it!  You are totally done – you now have a gorgeous, custom wedding website!  Way to go!! 
Doeblerghini Bunch:  Wedding Website - Linking Custom Domain

Hopefully I didn’t bore you to absolute death and actually helped some of you to at least not be terrified of creating your own site.  I think the scariest part is linking the custom domain, so if you have a good blog name, you can just skip that part! 

Let me know in the comments if I’m missing anything, if you have any questions, or if you want more detail about one of the steps.

Thanks for reading my lovelies!

 
If you missed a section, here's my entire Blogger Wedding Website Series
Creating a Custom Wedding Website Using Blogger:  Setup & Initial Settings

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