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Thursday, 10 March 2011

Settings - Publishing Screen

The Settings - Publishing screen may appear insignificant, and with little detail, but is a very important screen - especially if you have a Custom Domain.

There are basically two (2) different screens. One when a blogger has a Blogger-hosted Blog*Spot blog, and one when a blogger has his/her own Custom Domain pointed to the blog. You'll see very little in the way of options on the Publishing screen. It tells you that 'You are publishing on'. This is a FREE service for bloggers.

The 'First' type of Settings - Publishing' screen -

The first option is to 'Switch' to a Custom Domain (Point your own registered domain name to your blog). Millions of bloggers have done just that, and enjoy the use of their own Domain name, like mine, ''. (That, however, is covered in a different post).

The next option shows your blog URL. This is your blog's address on the Internet - for humans to read. Basically, you have another, called the Domain IP address, which is for computers to read, and it is made up of numbers. The IP addressing is more complicated than that, but I'll leave that to you.

With much forethought for consequences, you can change your blog URL, as often as you like, and Blogger will comply, by changing your blog to that name. Changing your URL is the ONLY way to free-up an existing URL for someone else to use it, without Transferring the ownership of the blog! Otherwise, it's your - forever!

Choosing a URL, if available, when you create your blog, can also be a challenge.

Then, of course, is the Word Verification, to prove you are human.

This next image shows the screen which appears for a Blogger-hosted Blog*Spot blog ...

The 'Second' type of Settings - Publishing screen -

This is the screen which displays if you have switched your blog to a Custom Domain.

Because you have a Custom Domain of your own, you would click on 'Switch to Advanced Settings' to point your blog to your Domain. This is a simple task, but get it right!

So, this next screen is one you would see, if you are going to set-up to publish your blog to a Custom Domain, or redirect to a Domain.

(It is also the screen you would see if you are going to purchase a Custom Domain through GoDaddy).


Because you are publishing to your Domain, when you click on Settings - Publishing, you will see this next screen. You'll also see options to Switch' back to Blog*Spot, and to Buy a Domain.

You will always default to this screen, unless you switch back to Blog*Spot. You are in 'Advanced Settings'.

DOMAIN - You'll see the blog URL of your Domain. This is where your posts get published to. You'll also see which Domain Names are re-directed to it. As I said in the above link, this needs to be right - first time.

Blogger also tells you that; 'We won't leave your readers behind!' That is, anyone who clicks on your original Blog*Spot URL will be re-directed. This is also the ONLY place that the old URL appears - anywhere!

USE A MISSING FILES HOST? - Most bloggers will not need to even think about this option. It is here for those bloggers who previously had their blogs hosted by an FTP host (other than Blogger), and had separate files on that host - such as Images. If the blogger decides to start using a Blogger Custom Domain, instead of the FTP (which, incidentally, has stopped in Blogger), the main blog files are migrated to the Custom Domain, but the links to the Image Storage files are broken - necessitating a Missing Files Host.

As a poor analogy, how it works is, if I published lots of posts with my FTP host, and then migrated to Blogger Custom Domain, all my posts which had images on them, using the 'old' URL, will now show up - BUT - the images will not show up. These files have to be re-linked to.

Blogger knows this, so, when it looks at my new Domain, and the blog, it sees no link to the images, so, it will look at the Missing Files Host for the answer. This is where the link is made, - because I specified a Missing Files Host - here, in Settings - Publishing!

I hope that explains it.



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