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: Accidentally 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 to find out blogger CNAME records 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 to Recover Deleted Blogger CNAME Records
There are 2 ways to solve the problem occurred due to accidentally deleted blogger CNAME records.
Both methods are easy to implement once you have basic knowledge and detailed guide.
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 and primary method you can got back the deleted Blogger CNAME records. Although this is the easiest method, you will need someone who guides for it.
So, here is the process to get back the deleted Blogger CNAME records.
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.
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.
To reveal the name and destination of your CNAME records, click on the Details button.
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 as shown in the picture below.
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.
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 Method to Get Accidentally Deleted Blogger CNAME Records
- Create a new Account on Google or use any of your and your families existing account.
- Go to Blogger and select the site you are having problem due to accidental deletion of CNAME records for Blogger.
- Go to setting of the blogger whose CNAME records has been deleted mistakenly.
- As the site is not working with your custom domain, remove the domain which you can find under publishing option.
- After removal, scroll below to Permission section and click under invite more author.
- A popup will appear requiring an email address. Provide email address of invited account and click on send.
- Check the email address and accept the invitation for the same.
- After the invitation accepted successfully, again go to setting of Blogger from main account.
- Under Permission, click on Blog admins and authors.
- 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 next step, make sure you removed the custom domain from blogger as mentioned in bullet no 4.
- Go to the invited account and click on custom domain which is located under publishing section of setting.
- Add the domain which has stopped working on the field of domain(must include www)
- Now, add the new CNAME records provided by Blogger with the help of your DNS manager.
- 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 ]
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. But, in my case, I found the second method more easier when I had no idea of webmaster central.
If you fail to solve the problem, please comment down below or contact me or any other options before doing anything else. I will assist you to recover or find your CNAME records for bloggers.