I currently own 6 domains and they’re all on Moniker. I transferred my domains from other domain registrars because I find that Moniker‘s system works faster – my domains are active earlier than when I was with Yahoo and GoDaddy even after everything was setup correctly. And, considering the prices of domains today, Moniker offers considerably cheaper prices than other domain registrar.
Moniker actually caters more on bulk domain registrations so if you’re planning on buying a lot of domains at once or if you want to be more organized in configuring 100+ domains, then, Moniker is the registrar for you.
It was quite hard for me to set it up the first time because there was no clear guide on where to go. The setup process in Yahoo was more user-friendly. But, I got around it and now I have 6 domains running on Moniker. So, if you’re a blogger like me who wants to own your very own customized domain name, then, I suggest you go for Moniker and simply follow the steps below if you’re blog is hosted by BLOGGER. If you’re using a different blog host, you can simply follow this guide to know where to setup Addresses (A) and Aliases (CNAME) for your domain to work.
First off, to search for a domain name and purchase one at Moniker, click on the banner below:
After you’ve successfully paid for the domain, you now have to wait for a couple of days (all my domain purchases were confirmed within 24 hours) for your payment to be confirmed. Once it’s confirmed, you can proceed with the configuration of the domain below.
NOTE: Again, this is for bloggers like me whose blogs are hosted by BLOGGER by Google. However, the steps are just the same. You just need to know what hostnames or addresses you need to enter that corresponds to where your site/blog is being hosted.
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1. Once logged in to your Moniker account, click on My Domains on the menu on top of the page.
2. You will be given a list of your registered domains. To configure it to direct to your Blogger or where your blog is hosted, check the box beside the name of your domain then click on IP button, as shown below. For this tutorial, I’m setting this site’s domain as an example.
3. On the next page, click on Template Manager link on the top of the page, as shown below.
4. Click on Create a New Template link on the next page. We will be setting up a template for your selected domain.
5. Now, this is the page where we’ll enter the addresses that should direct the domain to your blog host. Enter a name for this Template.
Take note that the A (Address) only accepts IP or numerical addresses while CNAME (Alias) accepts alphanumeric address.
Notes on Hostnames:
* (asterisk) – For example, anyone who types in my domain justanotherpixel.net would still be led to my blog hosted by Blogger because of this entry.
www – www.justanotherpixel.net would also direct you to my blog.
If you want to add a subdomain, for example blog.justanotherpixel.net, then, enter the following record.
Record Type: CNAME (Alias)
For Blogger-hosted blogs, you can simply follow the settings I have below.
Once you’re done entering the addresses, click on the Save button. Then, click on Template Manager link on top.
6. On the Template Manager page, scroll down and check the Custom Templates for your newly added template. For this example, I used Testing. Click on the place selected domains (1) into this Template.
That’s it! Your domain is all setup. You just have to wait for all the settings to take effect. In my experience, it only takes a few hours. For one of my other domains, I only waited for a few minutes before my domain was up and running.
Next: I’ll be posting a guide on how to setup a custom email so you can use your domain as your email address.
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