Friday, September 13, 2013

Non-Techies, look away now!

Doesn't ANYONE know the answer..?

I’m posting this so that others needn’t go through the same steep learning curve as me, trying to sort out (deep breath!) ”Blogger posts’ visibility using a sub-domain, after a change of domain host”. I spent about 5 hours in all, trawling the net and ringing support-techies for the answer. Lucky I’m retired with nothing else to do!!!!

Non-Techies look away now or please click here
Winking smile

Techies, read on:

I’m grateful to the Blogger community and in particular, Peter Chen, who challenged some of my assumptions and pointed me in the right direction.

In short, if you have a SUB-domain, and your Blog is hosted by Blogger, you need to ensure you add a CNAME entry and tweak the DNS settings for your domain accordingly. Different providers have slightly different methods, but it goes roughly like this:

- Log into your domain dashboard

- Set up your sub-domain (and give it time to become ‘ready’)

- When it’s ready, go back to your dashboard and select your sub-domain

- Find the DNS menu option and choose ‘edit’

- Select CNAME

- Add ghs.google.com as the alias

- Click OK

- Allow 24 hours for it to take effect (although mine was ready in 5)

- Enjoy a large glass of wine!
Nerd smile

Update 18th September: Since I wrote this, I’ve created another subdomain linked to Blogger blog, I’ve discovered that you MAY also be requested (by Blogger on its settings page) to add a SECOND cname and ‘Alias’ (that both consist of random numbers and letters) to prove that you are the owner of the sub-domain. Full instructions will become available when you setup the initial divert on your Blogger setting’s page.

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