Google blogger provides a free SSL certificate provided by Let’s Encript Authority to custom domains. When you add a custom domain to google blogger your domain automatically gets a third party SSL cert with validity of one year. And after one year when the cert expires you need to renew it yourself as blogger doesn’t do it.
If you do not like the lets Encript cert and you are looking for a free ssl certificate that gets renewed automatically then Cloudflare is there to help you. You can use cloudflare free certificate to keep your blogger links encrypted.
In this post I will show you how to use cloudflare on your blogger custom domain .We will learn the entire process to map our domain from cloudflare to blogger platform.
I am assuming you already know what the Cloudflare is and how it works, so I will not cover all those basic things here . Let’s go to the main topic “How to use cloudflare on blogger custom domain” .
How to use cloudflare on blogger?
You can use cloudflare on your blogger custom domains. To use cloudflare on blogger, first of all you need to point your domain to cloudflare and then Cloudflare to blogger.
If your domain is not on cloudflare then first create an account on Cloudflare and point your domain domain to their platform. Cloudflare provides free and paid services. You can choose their $0 plan which provides free SSL certificate , domain security and domain cpanel with multiple DNS support.
Steps to add domain to cloudflare
- Go to cloudflare.com.
- Create an account on cloudflare using your email address.
- Add your domain and choose a plan.
- Copy cloudflare nameservers . You will get two name servers ie jene.ns.cloudflare.com .
- Finally copy both nameserver addresses and add them to your domain using DNS settings provided by your domain host.
After adding nameservers, Cloudflare will check your domain DNS records to see if everything is ok and will automatically activate your domain on their server within 5 to 10 minutes. Your SSL certificate may take up 24 hours to generate on Cloudflare. Once the cert is ready you can access your domain using https scheme.
Map domain from cloudflare to blogger
Now that your domain is successfully verified on Cloudflare. You can easily map it to blogger to take avail of cloudflare free auto renewal SSL certificate .
The following are the steps to point your domain from Cloudflare to blogger:
- Go to your blogger dashboard/settings/basic
- Copy your blogger custom domain cname records . Brogger provides two unique cname records to varify your custom domain . The cnames should look something like the following on blogger dashboard:
Copy both records with name and host field because you will need to add them to Cloudflare.
- Now go to your CF dashboard and click on DNS menu to open DNS settings.
- On the dns page, click the add new record button and select CNAME from the drop down menu . Now you can paste your blogger cname records in the DNS input fields like the following example shown in the screenshot :
In the name field add only www if your blogger custom domain is www.example.com . If it is blog.example.com then you will need to add blog to the DNS name field.
In the Target field add ghs.google.com . This is the google server your domain will point to.
And finally press the add record button to save your DNS setting on cloudflare.
- You have successfully pointed your domain from Cloudflare to google server by adding the above CNAME record to cloudflare. Now if you visit your domain URL you will get redirected to google google 404 page . because there is still one important record missing in your DNS settings . You need to add the second CNAME record too that you got from blogger settings. This record verifies your ownership of the somain. Copy the second unique record and create a new CNAME in your cloudflare DNS to add it there.
This cname record is used by blogger to varify your domain. This record is unique and differ domain to domain, after adding this press the save button. That’s it. You can visit your domain URL now if everything goes ok then your domain will get mapped to your blogger blog.
Hope this post was helpful. Thanks for reading.