Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Making the Switch {a tutorial}

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I've been tossing around the idea of purchasing my own domain name for a few weeks now. 
I know there are many benefits to purchasing a .com, but I honestly had no idea the hows of it all. 

Kaitlyn from Wifessionals answered many of my questions {she's the sweetest} and I felt pretty confident in taking the plunge after talking with her. 

So, on New Year's Day I did it! I took the leap from blogspot.com to .com. It's the perfect way to start this new year. I can't wait to see where this year takes us and this blog of mine.

This leads me to the tutorial part.

I'm not sure about you, but I enjoy learning by watching someone, then trying it for myself. That's why I'm turning this little "I just switched to .com" announcement into a tutorial. I'm hoping there are some of you thinking about making the switch, but need some questions answered. Maybe I can help answer them for you! 

I decided to take screen shots of each step of the domain purchasing process and add my little notes to the images. This will help those of you like me, who learn by watching. 

Before we dive into the tutorial I want you to know a few things: 

1//Purchasing your domain through blogger means you don't have to transfer anything. Blogger does everything for you as soon as you make the official switch.
2//When you purchase through blogger, blogger notifies godaddy.com {a popular domain hosting company} so your domain will not be available on their website to anyone else. 
3//Purchasing your domain on blogger is only $10.00 a year. 
4//If someone goes to your blogspot.com address blogger automatically points them to your .com address. Easy peasy.

Here's the tutorial in 6 steps...


Step 1: While at your blogger dashboard select settings, then basic. Click on "add a custom domain". 


Step 2: Type in the domain name you want to purchase. If it's available {cross those fingers} then you will see this message, if it's not available it will let you know it's taken {boo}.


Step 3: Fill out all your personal information, including payment method.



Step 4: Review and place your order!


Step 5: You did it! Now simply click on "retrieve your purchase" and you'll be directed to your blogger dashboard. This is important!

Step 6: Once you're at your dashboard you'll be able to verify the final step. Simply make sure that your new .com address is the first listed and you're blogspot.com address is listed second with "redirects" after it. 


That is it! That's all it takes. 
It will most likely take you less than 10 minutes to get from step 1 to the final step; step 6.

Give blogger a couple of minutes to make the switch effective, then go to your new site. And smile. 

That's what I did. 



8 comments:

  1. yay - how exciting Brittany! wishing you the best for you, your family, and your blog this year!

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  2. That's so easy!!! I'm going to be looking in to switching over myself pretty soon. Thanks for the tutorial, and congrats on becoming "official!"

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  3. Great tutorial - seems easy enough! And congrats on making the switch!

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  4. I had been wanting to do this, and I just followed your instructions! Thanks so much! :)

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  5. Great tutorial! I made the switch about a month ago and it was super easy and I LOVE seeing my own ".com" !!

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  6. This is such a great tutorial,but when I click retrieve my purchase it doesn't re-direct me to my dashboard, it sends me to a Google Apps site..what the heck?!

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  7. Thanks so much for this step by step tutorial! I am impressed it was so short! I must look into purchasing my own! I found your blog over at Simply Clarke! Looking forward to following along with your journey! I am a newlywed blogging about all marriage is throwing our way over at http://lovelaughterhappyeverafter.blogspot.com :)

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  8. Thanks for the tutorial! Ive been wanting to do this ever since I got the blog a year ago..Finally took the plunge! It makes me so happy to see my own .com :)

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