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Is there a way to host a Blogger blog at the apex domain? I want to map http://example.com/ to http://example.blogspot.com/.

Unfortunately, Google does not support the use of the apex domain with Blogger.

I do not wish to host the blog at an address using the www or a different subdomain. I only want to use the apex domain.

SOLVED: I previously requested that Google update their documentation at https://support.google.com/blogger/answer/1233387. They have done so. I had hoped that it might be possible to host a Blogger blog at the apex domain using a third party DNS provider. This does not appear to be supported. Google only supports forwarding traffic from the apex domain to a Blogger blog hosted at a subdomain.

It is NOT possible to host a Blogger blog at the apex domain.

  • The documentation you've linked to explains how to update your DNS records to support this. Under "Step 2", "Use a top level domain" the optional steps 9 and 10 allow this. – Zhaph - Ben Duguid Apr 27 '17 at 20:00
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Google does not support the use of the apex domain with Blogger.

The Blogger help page for "Change to a custom domain" appears to suggest you can:

Optional: You can also enter A-records, which link your naked domain (example.com) to an actual site (www.example.com).

Enter your domain name in the format example.com, and list the IP addresses shown below in the "A" section. You'll need to add four separate A-records which point to four different Google IPs.

216.239.32.21
216.239.34.21
216.239.36.21
216.239.38.21

However, as pointed out by Stephen in comments, the Blogger Help document for "Use a custom domain" states:

  1. Type the URL of the domain you've purchased, keeping in mind that it must begin with www in order to work.

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  1. Optional: You can also enter A-records, which links your naked domain (example.com) to an actual site (www.example.com). If you skip this step, visitors who leave off the "www" will see an error page.

So, it would seem that the www subdomain is mandatory after all for Blogger sites, and setting an A record is almost a "recommended" step in order to get the apex domain to work at all for your Blogger site.

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  • The documentation says "Type the URL of the domain you've purchased, keeping in mind that it must begin with www in order to work." Even though they support A records, they say they don't support no-www. It doesn't help that that doc uses the term "top-level-domain" incorrectly. – Stephen Ostermiller Jun 5 '17 at 15:29
  • @StephenOstermiller Thanks, the docs are a bit confus(ing|ed). I've updated my answer. – MrWhite Jun 5 '17 at 18:36
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No, blogger does not support hosting your blog at the naked/apex address. Neither is it recommended to do so - most contents will be hosted at http://www.example.com

The recommended way is to add a CNAME DNS entry to redirect the naked/apex domain to www or whichever subdomain you have chosen for your blog.

Blogger redirect naked domain

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  • The documentation appears to suggest you must set an A record (not a "CNAME DNS entry") in order direct the naked/apex domain to your Blogger site. What happens if you uncheck the "Redirect example.com to www.example.com"? – MrWhite Jun 5 '17 at 18:49

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