How to use a custom domain name on your blog

By | August 31, 2015 is really overlooked as a way to build a professional website or a blog. If you know how to use, you can build a very professional website with it. If you use a custom template and your own domain name, most people won’t even recognize you’re using Doing just that, would be my second choice after using a self-hosted WordPress website.

Even though WordPress is the more versatile option, using to build a website or blog has one clear advantage over using a self-hosted WordPress site; it’s a lot cheaper. You will only pay for the domain name; hosting is free!

To host your blog on your own domain name, you’ll have to register a domain name, and change some settings to add your domain name to your blog. In this article, I’ll show you how to do just that, step-by-step.

(I assume you already have a blog on If not, here’s how to start one: start a blog on

If you’d rather watch than read, here are the full video instructions:

Step 1: Register a domain name

First, you’ll need to register a domain name. Namecheap is my go-to domain name registrar, so that’s what I’m using in this article. Go to, and type the domain name you want to register in the search bar. Then, click ‘Search’.


A list with all of the available TLD’s will show up. Click the ‘Add to cart’-button on the domain you want to register.



Then click ‘View Cart’. You’ll be shown the contents of your cart. Here you can do a last check; make sure you have spelled your domain name correctly. If everything looks good, click ‘Confirm order’.

If you’re new to Namecheap, then this is where you’ll be asked to create an account. So, create an account if necessary.
To finish up your order, select a payment method, click ‘Continue’, and then ‘Pay now’.

Step 2: Add the domain name to your blog

Go to, and log in. Here, click the drop-down menu behind the blog you want to add the domain name to, and click ‘Settings’.


On your settings page, click ‘+ Set up a third party URL for your blog’.


A box will appear. In the text bar, enter the domain name you registered before. Make sure you start of with ‘www’. Click ‘Save’ when you’re done entering your domain name.



You’ll get an error message (Error 12), with some information that you need to host your domain name on Leave this page open.


Now, go to for a list of your registered domains. Click on the domain name you want to add to your blog to go to the ‘Modify Domain’ page.


On your ‘Modify Domain’ page, click ‘All Host Records’ in the sidebar.


You’ll now see the following page:


Copying the CNAMES

Go back to the page you left open on, and copy over the two CNAMES to the page on Namecheap. See the picture below for what to copy where.


When you’re done, scroll down and click ‘Save changes’ on Namecheap. To confirm your Hosts Records are updated, you’ll see this message:


Now, go back to the page on, and click ‘Save’.

At first, it might not work; it might take a while for the changes on Namecheap to take effect. Just wait a few minutes, try again, and it should work.

When successfully saved, your page should show your domain name as your blog address:


That’s all there is to it! It might also take another couple of minutes for your domain name to actually show your blog.


You now know how to host your blog on your own domain name! Using on your own domain name is a great, cheap way, to host a website.

If you have any questions on this process, leave me a message below!

7 thoughts on “How to use a custom domain name on your blog

  1. Beau

    Great instructional post! I value domains as they are a Google property and we all know how Google loves itself! I actually use a self hosted wordpress site and a blogger site to add marketing range and authority to my own websites.

    Great work!


    1. GuidoGuido Post author

      Thanks for your compliments, Beau!

      And yeah, you could definitely use sites as so-called ‘Web 2.0 properties’. They actually take less time to set up than a WordPress website, and they wouldn’t be hosted on the same IP address as your main self-hosted WordPress website.

      I’m not sure if using them for link building would be effective though, aren’t those tactics outdated? Also, I believe using your own domain name on a blogger site, would take away part of the SEO benefits away with that strategy, as your own domain name doesn’t have any domain authority when just registered.

  2. Tom

    I used blogger for a bit when I first started out blogging and this info would have been really useful to me back then. I have learnt a few things since then and now host my site through hostgator which I think is totally worth it considering how cheap it is to purchase hosting for a year. But if you are new to the game is a good free alternative while you find out if blogging is really for you.

    1. GuidoGuido Post author

      Hi Tom,

      I would completely agree with that strategy. If you have already have blog now, the next step could be to add your own domain name. When you’re ready to get serious about blogging, sign up for web hosting with Hostgator and install WordPress. This would mean you will already have secured your own domain name, which you can then use on your WordPress site.

  3. jack

    Thanks for your guidance, I am very appreciative of the blogger, as it is the child of google


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