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I'm about to move my blogger site to a custom domain.

I do all the steps as told but whenever I find the perfect custom domain (that is free) I get redirected to Google apps for business.

Is it necessary to get Google apps for business before buying a custom domain?

If I start a free trial of Google apps for business and cancel before the trial period expires, will my custom domain still be valid?

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Is it a necessity to get Google apps for business before buying a custom domain?

No. It's unclear why you're ending up in this loop of being prompted to set up Google Apps, but the two have nothing to do with each other. If your're doing the domain search through a utility provided from within Blogger(I haven't used it in ages), it's probably just being offered as some kind of upsell. Is there no option for saying you're not interested in Google Apps?

This support article mentions an offer of Google Apps, but that's it's done via the confirmation email after you've already registered the domain. (If you select the "Buy a custom domain through Blogger." option)

On the other hand, you can also register the domain through whatever third-party registrar you want, and then you'll just have to edit a couple of DNS settings to get your blog pointed to the domain. (Select "Host my blog on a URL that I already own." to see instructions for that.)

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Well what I am trying to do is buy a custom domain for my blog, the problem occurs that whenever I find a free custom domain (not registered by someone else) I get redirected to google apps for bussines. But currently I do not have the funds for that. Is there a similar price for website hosting through blogger but with a third party? –  John Demetriou Dec 23 '12 at 23:55
    
A third-party registrar shouldn't redirect you something trying to make you set up a Google Apps account. I honestly have no idea what you're talking about. Where exactly are you doing your domain searches? –  Su' Dec 24 '12 at 10:18
    
I am trying to register my custom domain through blogger.... –  John Demetriou Dec 25 '12 at 10:53
    
@S you do realize you have not answered my question AT ALL but you were the closest one –  John Demetriou Dec 29 '12 at 14:31

No it is not. You can buy a domain at GoDaddy or any other registrar. Then use it as your blog through blogger. You will need to setup a CNAME

Here are the instructions from Google

http://support.google.com/blogger/bin/static.py?hl=en&ts=1233381&page=ts.cs

Blogger offers two free publishing options for your blog: hosting on Blogspot (example.blogspot.com) and hosting on your own custom domain (www.example.com or foo.example.com). You can change your publishing option at anytime, and your content will always remain unaltered regardless of which of these options you choose.

Whether you want to purchase a new domain through Blogger or publish on a domain which you already own, we’ll walk you through the process of setting up your blog for a custom domain.

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I know that. what I am asking is: Will the same thing happen? everytime a try to register the third party custom domain will I get redirected directly to google apps with no explanation just like with regisstering custom domain through blogger? –  John Demetriou Dec 24 '12 at 9:24
    
and If I register with someone else instead of Google, will the hosting of my blog be exactly the same, will everything be exactly the same and the only thing that will change is the custom url? and what are the costs for godaddy? since godaddy is propably less informant than google. I have more questions when I visited their site that I had before starting this post :P –  John Demetriou Dec 24 '12 at 9:28
    
Yes everything is the same it doesn't matter where you register your domain name. Blogger is handling the blog, your registrar will setup the CNAME and you can use any domain name that you want. GoDaddy's costs are listed when you select a domain –  Anagio Dec 24 '12 at 9:54
    
@JohnDemetriou GoDaddy has .99 cent .com domain special for 1 year registration. –  Anagio Dec 26 '12 at 14:08

No, it's not necessary to get Google Apps for business.

I personally recommend buying a domain independently from Google.

I've purchased a domain through Blogger once and it was a nightmare. (They assigned me a domain through enom at the time. The DNS setting I was given access to were incredibly limited and I had to jump through hoops when I wanted to move my domain away from Blogger. While it was enom, the settings page was like a Google re-branding of Enom and it was far from what Enom themselves offer.

I recommend going through Enom or Gandi or something and then pointing it to Blogger from there. I'd avoid the Google method simply for the lack of control Google gave me over the Enom account they'd assigned me. (This was in 2009, it could be different now.)

Setting up a CNAME in your DNS Zone is a cinch. Blogger will give you step-by-step instructions, depending on your registrar, to get you through it.

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As far as my understanding goes you are in need of your own domain name pointing to your blog. So, there are a couple of things to work with...

Register a domain-name and manage its zone (dns zone). In the case you register your domain-name through google's, they provide an option to manage DNS Zone of your domain. For new registration you can navigate enom.com, networksolutions.com or godaddy.com

Now you have two options...

  1. Continue with a blogger service - blogger.com or wordpress.com

    here, initially you would be operating with a sub-domain say... yourblog.blogspot.com or yourblog.wordpress.com and afterwards, you can add CNAME to your newly registered domain name say my-new-blog.com as instructed in admin section of your blog and here.

-- Or --

  1. Purchase a web-space (shared hosting) and install wordpress or any other blogging app.

    here, you need to add a A record in the DNS Zone pointing to the IP address of your server, where you install your blog.

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