If you’ve domain on Namecheap you can easily set up a subdomain for it. Namecheap allows you to set up to 150 or 100 subdomains for your top-level domain (TLD) depending on which DNS plan you’re using.
Setting up a subdomain doesn’t cost you anything extra since you already own the domain.
You can use the created sub-domain to set up a custom domain for your Blogger blog. Doing this however won’t have any effect on the blog or site that’s already using your top-level domain.
The possibilities are numerous however on Namecheap the entire subdomain shouldn’t exceed 60 characters in length.
Example of a Top-Level Domain and Sub-domain
So for instance the top-level domain for this blog is journeybytes.com.
I’ve set it up as a custom domain to use on my Blogger blog instead of using my original BlogSpot subdomain: journeybytes.blogspot.com.
Yours could be different depending on which TLD you’re using (.net .org .xyz, .us etc.) e.g: yourdomain.com, yourdomain.net, yourdomain.org, yourdomain.us etc.
I can therefore set up a subdomain such as: blog.journeybytes.com or reviews.journeybytes.com etc.and use it on a different blog on Blogger or on a completely different platform.
Sounds good, let’s see how to set up one for a blog running on Blogger.
Step 1: Creating the Subdomain on Namecheap
|Move Blogger to Subdomain|
1. Log into your Namecheap Account Panel then select Domain List from the menu.
2. Click the Manage button beside the domain you wish to set up a subdomain for then switch to the Advanced DNS tab.
We now need to set up a new CNAME Record for the subdomain. Existing records should be left as they’re.
3. Click on the ADD NEW RECORD button and from the list select CNAME Record.
|Add New CNAME Record|
4. In the Host entry enter the name of your subdomain (e.g. blog), in the Target enter ghs.google.com. then leave the TTL at Automatic.
|Add Host and Target|
When you’re done, click on the tick icon to save the changes.
Step 2: Set up the Sub-domain as a Custom Domain on Blogger
1. Log in to your Blogger and head over to your blog’s Basic Settings.
2. Under the Publishing section click the +Set up a third-party URL for your blog link that’s directly below your BlogSpot address.
3. In the domain box, enter the entire name of the subdomain that we’ve just created (e.g. blog.journeybytes.com) then click the Save button.
You should get a notification that the changes have been applied successfully. The changes take place almost immediately though Namecheap says it maya take upto 30 minutes.
Click the view blog link to see your blog on the new subdomain. Your BlogSpot subdomain (http://yourdomain.blogspot.com) should now redirect to the new subdomain (http://yoursubdomain.domain.com).
- You don’t have to set-up redirects for posts that you had published when on the old domain. Blogger will handle that for your automatically. So if a post was published at yourdomain.blogspot.com/2012/post-url-here/ it will be automatically redirected to yoursubdomain.domain.com/2012/post-url-here/
- Remember to turn on HTTPs Availability and Redirect if you were using them on your original domain and wish to continue using them on the sub-domain.
- If you had added the old domain as a property in Google’s Search Console, do remember to do a Change of Address to point it to the new subdomain. You’ll however have to add the subdomain first as a new property before submitting the Change of Address. Site verification won’t be necessary if the top-level domain has already been added.
- In search console remember to add both http &https versions then select the preferred version.