Maybe there among you who have been using blogger (yoursubdomain.blogspot.com) as your blog platform for many years where you’ve written hundreds of articles read by visitors from various countries. Initially, you are using bloggers with the reason that it is free of charge or no cost blog platform with unlimited space. Another advantage is the platform integrates with other google services, making it easier to achieve the good ranking in google search.
But over time you may want your brand name sound more exclusive and reflect the real character of your personal or your business. But how you can create a new blog or site name with no change of the article content and design of your blog by keeping use the blogger platform ?. Here are the steps by steps you should follow on how to change or custom your Blogspot domain to your own domain by using Cloudflare.
- First of all, you should determine your own domain name and buy it from any domain provider or registrar. In the example, I choose my new one as “mylifejourneystory.com” which I bought locally from one of the domain provider company in Indonesia. Once you paid your bill, it usually your domain will immediately “active”. The successful notification is typically shown as an example below (sent by email) :
In same email or separated email, the domain provider will also inform you about username and password to access your domain control panel.
- Now, go to http://www.cloudflare.com and register first before you can access their features. The basic principle why you need to become Cloudflare member is a way to change your domain nameserver in your domain management panel from registrar or domain provider company. Typically they set default nameservers to their address name, like ns1.idcloudhost.com, ns2.idcloudhost.com, etc. With using Cloudflare, your blog or web will be protected and accelerated through their global network. They will optimise the delivery of your blog or web in order your visitors to be able to get faster load times.
- After you log into Cloudflare, now, enter your domain name (as you purchased before) to the blank column at the bottom of Add Websites” panel and click “Begin Scan”. Then they will scan your domain’s DNS records. After the scan finished, click “Continue” button.
- The next step is determining “DNS Records”. Before you take this step, you must access your blogger account (which you usually make an article in your blogspot.com). Go to “Setting – Basic” menu and in the “Publishing” section, click “+Setup a 3rd party URL for your blog”.
- Fill in a new blog address with your domain name purchased, like “www.mylifejourneystory.com” (must use “www” prefix). Click “Save” button once you have entered your domain name.
- An error message will immediately appear in red font (usually said “We have not been able to verify your authority to this domain”. Don’t panic because it’s a normal condition. You just need to write down or copy 2 (two) parameters shown ie. CNAME records, like “www” and “qrk3aenpkm5” with respective “Value” like “ghs.google.com” and “gv-7lh3hocuojcxkg.dv.googlehosted.com”.
- Back to your Cloudflare account and click “DNS” icon. In this important section, you need to add “CNAME records” and “A records”. Noted that CNAME records have been obtained from step 6 above and you just need to complete this section by inputting “A records”. Now your DNS setting in Cloudflare typically should be same as shown below :
- Select a basic plan with no fees (Free Website) or you can choose paid services for complete tools, then click “Continue”.
- On the final process in Cloudflare, you will be directed to a new panel “Change Your Nameservers” which you are given the Cloudflare nameservers, like “gerald.ns.cloudflare.com” and “iris.ns.cloudflare.com”. Write down these nameservers.
- Login to your domain cpanel and go to “Nameservers” menu in Domain Management panel. Modify the default nameservers with custom nameservers given by Cloudflare in step 5 above. See the example below on how to change it :
- Login back to your Cloudflare account. Check if your web or blog is “active” or “pending”. The transfer process of nameservers can take several hours up to 24 hours. Once your status is “Active”, your nameserver change is successfully finished.
- One step closer to the end of the process on custom your domain is back to your blogger account and repeat step 4 by inputting your domain name and save it. If there was no any wrong step taken, you will find no error message. Don’t forget to edit blog address by giving “check” marker in the option of “Redirect yourdomain.com to www.yourdomain.com”. Now save your setting and you will see in the browser that “yourdomain.com” will appear instead of “yourdomain.blogspot.com”.