The Good and The Bad About Custom Domain On Blogger

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I'd like to thank everyone for your well wishes on getting my own domain. As you can see, I also changed my template. Most of you asked the same questions in your comment or private emails. Here's the answer to some of the questions.


Who's the new domain host? I bought my domain through Blogger for $10 per year. In case you didn't know, Google partnered with domain registrars like eNom and GoDaddy to offer web domain names. I didn't want to register with GoDaddy or any other domain registrars because there's a relatively complicated process to redirect visitors and search engines to my custom domain, and then point my domain to Blogger. All of these require quite a bit of HTML knowledge and I'm not too HTML literate to do it. 

I didn't buy a hosting service for my domain and instead opted to have it hosted by Google on the Blogger platform which is free. There are some really good concerns about the disadvantages of hosting your blog on free hosting services like Blogger or Wordpress. The most repeated one is content and information control. If your blog is hosted by Blogger, then Google owns your blog. They have the right to the content and information of your blog as well as the ability to terminate or suspend your account. I've also read about blogs being terminated or disabled for no legitimate reasons. In my opinion, I think there are reasons why a blog is suspended by Google. That's just my opinion. 

If you are interested in buying a custom domain from Blogger, click here. The step-by-step instructions are easy to follow and it's from Google Support. I didn't have to do any redirecting when I bought my domain from Blogger. Everything was automatically reconfigured. It took a couple of hours before it went into effect. You can buy a domain from Google Apps for $10 per year and not have your blog hosted on Blogger if you want full control of your blog. Here's a list of 2010 Best Web Hosts that I looked at before I went ahead with Blogger.

Why have I decided to get my own domain?

Sorry folks, I didn't get my own domain for any ranking, monetary, or SEO reasons. I decided to get my own domain simply out of pure annoyance of entering "blogspot" for my blog URL. Some of my readers are my ex-coworkers and occasionally, I'll get a phone call from them asking if my site was down because they couldn't access it. The first time I got the call, I was baffled because when I checked, it worked. Then I found it was because they didn't enter "blogspot" in the URL. Some of my friends don't understand what is "blogspot" and the need for it to be part of the URL. Well, since it annoys me to key "blogspot" and it confuses some of my readers, why not just get rid of it? And so I did last Wednesday :)

Losing all my comments...
The only bad thing that happened is I lost all of my comments prior to buying my domain. I checked on Google Support Forum and found that many people are having the same issues and it's a known issue in which Google is working on. One lead moderator said the comments should reappear from 48-72 hours and when that didn't happen, I found out that many people have either lost all their comments permanently or they got it back months later.






27 comments:

Lazy Pineapple said...

I love your template Rose...uncluttered and clean :)
I too migrated from Blogspot to my own domain last year..thankfully I did not lose my comments..
Losing comments really sucks. I hope you get back all your comments and soon..good luck.

TK said...

I love your new 'house'. I understand why you have to get your own domain. I dont know anything about this domain thing before . Thanks for sharing the information.

Gwei Mui said...

I hope this works for you I see no reason why it shouldn't. I can understnad the frustration of the "blogspot" part of the url. Hopefully everyone will be able to find you now have a good day:)

Buckeroomama said...

I'm so glad that you wrote a post about this. I thought you might, as many in your comments were asking the same questions. :)

Bananazą®‡ said...

Thankz for sharing on getting our very own domain. Can start to think about it from now. tQ.

Mr. Stupid said...

The new look is amazing. You're right about getting an own domain. I should consider one. Too bad all your comments are gone. I just hope, they reappear soon.

Have a good day!:)

jen@odbt said...

Liking the new look. Very fresh. Thanks for the tips too...might have to explore more into this.

Veronica Lee said...

Love the new look and thank you so much for sharing this. I've bookmarked this post in case I ever decide to get my own domain.

Have a nice day, Rosebelle!

Joey @ Big Teeth and Clouds said...

I love the new look. My domain name was acquired in the same way - like you I'm not worried about Blogger deciding to delete my life's work. I'm pretty sure there's a protocol that's been violated when blogs get suspended.

I also back it up periodically because they are my words and I place extraordinary value on them!

Muthering Heights said...

Your new template looks great!!

Ash said...

wow! kudos to you for getting your own domain. thanks for sharing the info on it as i'm clueless. :s

~ash's mum

Mei Teng said...

$10 per year is a good deal.

Gina F said...

I like the new look Rosebelle. Thanks for sharing the tips too! HAVE A GREAT DAY!!! :o)

Gina
motherof1princessand2princes.blogspot.com

Serline said...

Think of it as spring cleaning... fresh new start!

Mommy Elephant Sarah said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! The great thing about growing your own veggie garden is if it dies at least you tried! I always try everything, and if it grows thats a bonus! :)

hannie said...

It is good to have your own domain actually.. feel much better without having the "blogspot" appearing there. You can just install wordpress in your domain, import all your previous post plus the comments to the new wordpress.
at least ur comment won't show what I'm seeing now. ;)

Icy BC said...

I also bought my domain from blogger, and I have no problem at all.

Hope your comments return soon.

Ryhen said...

WOW! I can say that I was surprised when I entered your site... I thought this was somebody else's blog. haha. Didn't know you also planned about changing your template. Looks absolutely fresh and clean. Well done, RB!!

CVmom said...

My friend used Google Apps and had a hard time resetting the DNS setting to point his blog to Blogger. There are a series of steps you need to do before it works on Blogger so I think buying directly from Blogger is a lot easier.

Janice said...

Yikes, you lost all your comments? I hope you get them back. Thanks for the advice on custom domain. You provided a lot of great info.

I'm a full-time mummy said...

Thank you for this great post! I've been toying with the idea of getting my own domain but I've been asking friends around and they're not telling me much! :( How about your followers? Are those lost too or remain?

Btw, thanks for dropping by and commenting on my Writer's Workshop post!

Lauren said...

congrats on having your own domain! I wanted to stop by and say thank you for your very sweet words on my post yesterday... :) It's such a joy to have the wonderful support of fellow bloggers! :)

Blessings!

Jen said...

I may eventually decide to get my own domain. Thanks for the info. I hope you get all your comments back soon.

Alicia said...

I really am thinking about doing this too, but now I'm worried about the comments.

I do like your new layout!!

AVCr8teur said...

Your site is really coming along! Thanks for all the useful information. I would love my own domain, but don't want to lose previous comments and I don't want to mess with html coding.

KidsDreamWork said...

Love the new look of your site! But how sad to lose all the previous comments! I hope you can get them back soon!

Autumn Belle said...

I'm so happy you wrote a post about your experience with migration to domain name. I just started experimenting mine with a test blog and found that after migration, all my blog list and follower list disappeared!