If your blog is hosted on blogger.com and your blog address looks like this, yourblog.blogspot.com, you need to get a custom (personal) domain name. It’s the right thing to do if you intend to build a brand around your blog. Most probloggers don’t recommend free blog hosting but I do for starters with little or no budget. My other blog (with over 4000 subscribers) is hosted on blogger (thinking of moving to wordpress soon). If you are building a blog for your business or can afford a few bucks for hosting, wordpress is probably the best choice for you.
For starters, a domain name is a web address that links to all the files (posts and pages) on your blog or website. By default, blogger/blogspot blogs comes with a domain format like yourblog.blogspot.com. Your custom domain name will look like www.yourblog.com, which is a lot more attractive. A domain name cost from $10 to $15, depending on the domain registrar. Most popular registrars accept payment via credit cards or debit or PayPal. More so, if you want to buy directly from blogger.com, which makes the set up easiest, you also need a credit card. If you have any of the above means of online payment, you can easily pay for a domain and have it on your blog in a day or two. What if you don’t have a credit/ debit card or PayPal and want to get a custom domain for your blog? On this post I want to recommend a service I use when I had limited options for online payment. This hosting service will help you register a personal domain name, with payment options in Liberty Reserve, AlertPay, Local ATM Naira and Ghana-Cedi.
How this will work on your Blog
You need to register a domain name from a reliable domain registrar, and then configure your domain to work on your blog. Once this is done right (it’s no big deal actually) all blogspot links on your blog will automatically redirect to your new address. Your visitors will no long see the long blogspot address but your new address. It’s automated and works like charm.
How to register
I use Web4Africa for my domain registration and their customer service, as far as I can tell, is prompt and effective. Web4Africa is a webhosting and domain registration service, and offer domain registration with several payment options at $12/year. I used their domain hosting service to configure www.afterschoolafrica.com to over-ride old blisscareer.blogspot.com without leaving any older post behind.
Web4Africa accepts payment for their services from Liberty Reserve, AlertPay and Bank Payments in Naira (for Bloggers in Nigeria) and Cedi (for bloggers in Ghana). Click Here to register your domain on Web4Africa.
Once your domain is set up (usually the same day after payment is confirmed), go to Submit Ticket| Technical Support to email the technical team to configure your domain to work on your blogspot blog. Here is what they would need:
CNAME for www.yourdomain.com
A NAME Records for naked domain
the following IP addresses:
You will receive a follow up email once your domain is configured. Go to your blogger dashboard Setting|Publishing| Custom Domain|Switch to advanced settings. Enter your domain name in the box, the word Verification and then save. In the next page, check the box Redirect yourdomain.com to www.yourdomain.com, verify and then save. All your blog entries will now open with your custom domain.