A few weeks ago we had a guest blog from Alison Cross from AlisonCross4Webs.co.uk about how to set up a blog with blogger.
Now its time for the second part of that blog – how to integrate your WebEden website with your blogger blog. Over to Alison!
In this second and final instalment about setting up a blogger account, I’ll show you how to make your blog look professional by personalising the domain name and setting up your google analytics to run on your blog.
Y’see, when you set up your free blog, it will be called something like myblog.blogspot.com with EVERYONE who has a blogger account sharing that ‘blogspot’ domain name.
How much more professional would it look to have your blog showing as blog.yourdomain.com. Much more top drawer, don’t you think?
Here’s what you do
First of all, you need to tell your domain name to hold out its hand to hook up with the incoming info. To this end, you need to create a CNAME record.
If you have purchased your domain name via webeden, they can set this up for you.
To request these changes, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
All you need to supply them with is the name that you want to call your blog (something short like ‘blog’ will do, but for illustration purposes I’m going to use ‘mymusings’) and from where to expect the incoming info. For Blogger, this is ghs.google.com
The boffins at webeden will do this for you and thereafter the technical bit is down to you. Relax. I’ve done it so YOU can do it too.
Go to your blog and open it up. Under the Settings tab, go to Publishing and there, you’ll see a link that allows you to publish to a custom domain.
Type in the details of the new domain name. Whatever name it is that you submitted to webeden (in the case of the illustration provided above, that was ‘mymusings’) type in here:
Type in the word recognition box and save and you are good to go!
Some of us own domain names via other suppliers, such as 123-reg. In this case, you need to set up your CNAME record yourself. Again, don’t worry, it’s easy!
Go to your domain account with 123 or 1and1 etc and open up your control panel for that domain name. There will be a section that allows you to footer about with the DNS records. Click on that tab. Somewhere on that page – possibly as a drop down menu option – there will be the option to add a CNAME record.
For 123 Reg it looks like this.
Underneath ‘Add new entry’ select the CNAME option and in that first box, type your blog name mymusings and in the end box type ghs.google.com.
Save your changes and then go on to your Blogger account and make the changes there as shown above. Give it a couple of minutes for your domain name and your blogger account to ‘shake hands’ and voila! Your blogger account will have its new name!
If you have google analytics set up on your website, get the SAME code as you used for your website and insert it into the HTML of your blog. To grab the code, just go to your Google Anayltics account and click on Edit (far right) next to your report details. When that page opens up, there is a text link called ‘check status’ in the top right hand corner, click on that and you will see, half way down page, a box with all your coding in it. Copy it.
Then open up your blogger account. Under the Layout tab, you’ll see an Edit HTML option. Don’t panic! First of all you should ‘download the full template’ just in case you make a mess of things! Scroll right to the bottom of all the code until you reach the </body> tag.
Paste your google analytics code above the </body> tag.
Save your changes!
And that’s it! If you HAVE made a mess of fiddling about with the HTML, then just upload the template again :- )
If you have any problems or queries that my burbling hasn’t answered, please give us a shout here on the webeden blog or in the forum.
Alison Cross is a self-confessed Twitter addict who occasionally tears herself away from the world of social-networking to build or revamp websites, to design logos and website banners, to blog shamelessly about the joys of the intertubes and who sometimes even manages to factor in some light housework. She also runs alisoncross4webs.co.uk