How to 301 Redirect Blogspot Blogs to Custom Domains - Configuration of advanced domain name server settings (DNS)
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Log in to Network Solutions using your account information for that company (username and password). Under “YOUR SERVICES,” you should see “You have 1 domain name” (will be shown if you have 1 domain registered with Network Solutions). Next to that there should be a link with anchor text “Manage it.” Click that link.
Network Solutions will then show the “Domain Details,” which list important domain- related information, such as the expiration date. Find the “Domain currently points to:” and click the link beside it (“edit” in most cases). You will then be transferred to the “Edit Domain Name Servers” page. In order for your newly-registered domain to point to the Blogger Host Name: ghs.google.com , you have to click “Managed Advanced DNS Records.”
In the Advanced DNS records, there are basically two records you will need to edit. These are the IP address (known as “A records”) and the CNAME Records (Host Aliases). CNAME stands for “canonical name.”
For the configuration to work, please remember the following when making changes. Since we need only one IP to be associated with our domain, and that is the Google Blogger hosted IP, there is a need to change all “numeric IPs” to none in the IP (A –records). If there are other IP addresses there, it can possibly lead to conflict, and the configuration may not work.
Below are the correct settings for the IP Address (A records).
Note that all of the numeric IPs are set to none. This means there can be only one IP associated with the domain. If you are still a bit confused, think of the DNS as a telephone directory with IP addresses as telephone numbers. If someone wants to visit your site, they will type the address on the browser address bar, and then the browser will go to domain name servers (DNS) to find the IP address associated with your domain name's DNS records. When an IP address is found, it will then request the server to download HTML files for you to see.
But if the A records are empty, it will look for the CNAME records and then use that to resolve into the associated hostname, which will be Blogger. A more confusing configuration is the CNAME Records. If this is not done correctly, the domain name which will point to Blogger will not work.
See below for the screenshot of the CNAME Panel:
The trick is to set the:
Alias ? www
TTL ? 7200
Check or Select Other Host and place (remember the dot in the last, it is included ? ghs.google.com.
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