I was running my blog for free with Blogger. One day I accidentally deleted blogger CNAME records for custom domain while migrating the domain to another registrar. In fact, I had no idea that I should make a back up CNAME records.
Since, I had no CNAME records set to resolve with Blogger, my domain stopped resolving. And I initially thought that, it can be solved with few google searched ideas. But, no one was addressing the problem. I almost lost my hope of getting my site back live.
Therefore, I backed up my Blogger contents and published them with WordPress. To preserve my ranking on Google which I was going to lose due to unresolved domain, I used a redirection tool of RankMath SEO. I redirected every single post link on blogger to my new permalink.
At that time I had few knowledge about which hosting to buy, I initially used Infinityfree hosting just to make my site alive.
While my site was hosted on Infinityfree, I researched the best hosting that suits for me and finally migrated my site to that hosting.
Then I thanked this issue which introduced me to WordPress. Then I started thinking about for those who are having blogging site on Blogger with lots of content with multiple category and comments. Which is quiet difficult to migrate and redirect every search engine ranked page and publicly shared post and page URL to new URL.
After almost one week of trials, I found out the following ways to solve the issue where blogger CNAME records are deleted accidentally.
Problem: Deleted Blogger CNAME Records
While connecting custom domain to Blogger, CNAME records are the key factors. Blogger itself provides two CNAME records. One of them is always same for all. The next one is unique for each domain.
The unique one should be backed up because Blogger doesn’t provide it again when you remove and readd it. This creates a huge problem when you have deleted blogger CNAME records accidentally or while migrating the domain.
In this stage, you will realize that you should have made a backup of the DNS Records.
In the following I have found and provided some ideas by which you will be able to connect the domain with your blog again. This blog basically provides solution if you have mistakenly deleted your blogger CNAME records.
Once the domain is connected for a particular blog, the same domain can be connected to Blogger without adding new CNAME records again. It assumes that, the domain is already having required DNS records.
In fact, Blogger does not even check for the DNS records for second time, if the site is same. Due to which, even if you have deleted blogger CNAME records, domain might still get connected. However the domain connected in such a way will not work.
Solutions for Deleted Blogger CNAME Records
There are 3 ways to solve the problem occurred due to accidentally deleted blogger CNAME records.
Two of them are quick and riskless and another is risky involving site migration.
Let’s discus about all solution methods to solve the problem where the CNAME set for Blogger records gets deleted accidentally.
Getting CNAME Record Using Webmaster Central
This is the easiest method you can got back the deleted Blogger CINAME records. Although this is the easiest method, you will need someone who guides for it.
Here is the process to get back the deleted Blogger CNAME records.
1. Go to Google webmaster central site verification page. Which can be accessed directly using Webmaster Central Site Verification link. Make sure that, you are using the same google account on which your Blogger blog is created.
2. Select the domain whose CNAME record was deleted accidentally. You must select the domain, not the subdomain. In my case, writeitclear.ga is custom domain for writeitclear.blogspot.com.
3. To reveal the name and destination of your CNAME records, click on the Details button.
4. After clicking on Details button, you will be able to see the DNS records to be set. Go to your DNS manager and use the first part (i.e before space) as name and “gv-xyz….dv.googlehosted.com” as destination for your CNAME record.
5. Finally, check if you have another essential CNAME record for Blogger or not. If you do not have already added CNAME with the following details, then add now.
For another CNAME record, use www as name and ghs.google.com as destination and save it.
6. After setting both the CNAME records, go to your blog and add the custom domain, if you have deleted it.
After doing the above described step by step guide to regain deleted Blogger CNAME records, your blog should start resolving within few minutes to maximum of 72 hours.
Generally, it starts working within a few minutes, therefore check properly whether the DNS records are set correctly or not.
Ownership Transfer to Solve Accidentally Deleted Blogger CNAME Records
1. Create a new Account on Google or use any of your and your families existing account.
2. Go to Blogger and select the site you are having problem due to accidental deletion of CNAME records for Blogger.
3. Go to setting of the blogger whose CNAME records has been deleted mistakenly.
4. As the site is not working with your custom domain, remove the domain which you can find under publishing option.
5. After removal, scroll below to Permission section and click under invite more author.
6. A popup will appear requiring an email address. Provide email address of invited account and click on send.
7. Check the email address and accept the invitation for the same.
8. After the invitation accepted successfully, again go to setting of Blogger from main account.
9. Under Permission, click on Blog admins and authors.
10. Change the invited accounts status to Admin from author and save it.
(Now, if you try to add your custom domain with your main account, it will get added without checking DNS records and due to deleted CNAME records, the site won’t work.)
Before heading to step 11, make sure you removed the custom domain from blogger as mentioned in step 4.
11. Go to the invited account and click on custom domain which is located under publishing section of setting.
12. Add the domain which has stopped working on the field of domain(must include www)
13. Now, add the new CNAME records provided by Blogger with the help of your DNS manager.
14. After few minutes of adding such records, click on save and the site will start working.
By performing these easy steps you can actually solve the problem where the Blogger’s CNAME Records for Custom Domain get Deleted.
If the problem is not solved, it may be because you did not take step 4 seriously. [ you must remove connected domain with old account ]
Risky Method to Solve Deleted Blogger CNAME Records
This method is risky but this will be the next option, if first one does not work. The risks and disadvantages will be discusses later.
Perform the following steps to get the new CNAME records.
- Backup your contents such as blogs and posts to your local computer.
- Backup your templates.
- Create a new blog with same title and meta descriptions and any other essential details.
- Now, go to theme editor (code), select all and delete everything and paste the theme (code) of existing site. This will recreate the design.
- Now, import the contents backed up in 1st step.
- If you have maintained any pages, make sure that, you copied and published to new blog with same title and permalink.
- Now, connect custom domain with Blogger.
- When you enter the domain name, Blogger will again provide unique CNAME records which you will need to set.
Risks of Migration Method.
If you have chosen to solve Deleted Blogger CNAME Records using second method which is not recommended, you may face the following risks.
– You will lose backlinks that were for your old blogspot subdomain.
– If you have connected the domain after the subdomain started ranking for certain keywords, in such case, the link of subdomain will not be able to redirect to that particular page.
– When you import the blogs, the permalink might get changed than original as the blogger’s permalink are based on title and date of publication.
– You will need to recreate or reupdate sitemap, Google Analytics code and robots.txt, etc.
– The read and views stats for Blogger will start from zero.
If you have deleted blogger CNAME records accidentally and you do not have backup of these records, then this blog will help you to solve the problem.
Try to solve the problem with the method provided at first rather than second and do not go for third if you do not have confidence.
If you fail to solve the problem, please comment down below or contact me or any other options before doing anything else.