(This article was first published on May 8, 2011.)
UPDATE: Blogger used to allow you to point a naked domain to your blog but at some point they no longer allow this. If you will try this now you will encounter an error message that says:
"Blogs may not be hosted at naked domains (ex: yourdomain.com). Please add a top-level domain (www.yourdomain.com) or subdomain (blog.yourdomain.com)."
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How To Map a 1and1 Domain to BloggerDecide first whether you want a top level domain (www.yourdomain.com) for your Blogspot blog or a specific subdomain (blog.yourdomain.com or travel.yourdomain.com). If you prefer a top level domain, create a 'www' subdomain in your 1and1 control panel. Regardless of your preferred address, the steps remain the same. This tutorial uses the 'www' subdomain approach for consistency.
In order for your subdomain to be linked to your blogspot blog, you must ceate a CNAME record for it that points to ghs.google.com. This was the only thing you need to do in the past. However, Blogger now asks that you verify your ownership of your domain by creating another subdomain and point it to a unique CNAME string. Note that these will vary for every user and are automatically generated.
Since it takes time for 1and1's system to propagate, it will be logical to get first the verification details so you can create both your blog's subdomain address and the required verification string in one setting.
For Blogger/Blogspot (updated interface).
After you clicked the "Save" button, you might get an error just like the one shown on the image below. This is expected since we have not yet created the subdomain and have not verified ownership of the domain.
You will be given two sets of records. The first one is your preferred subdomain and the second one refers to the verification records. Take note of these and login to your 1and1 control panel.
Create subdomain and CNAME records in 1and13. Create the 'www' subdomain through your 1&1 Control panel. Again, it does not really have to be the 'www', you can create any subdomain you want. We are only using 'www' as an example.
Follow the instructions on this link: How do I create a subdomain?
Take note that you have to create 2 subdomains here, your preferred address and the verification subdomain.
The subdomain that is to be used as your blog's address must have a CNAME record that points to ghs.google.com
The other subdomain that is used for verification must have a CNAME record that points to the unique string automatically generated earlier by Blogger. Refer to step 2.
|Google's new 404 error page|
Make sure that you click the option to redirect your old Blogspot URL to your custom address.