Make google’s domains point to blogger and a google sites, using a normal gmail account, while redirecting the root domain to the classic www. subdomain. This article is not mean for GSuite accounts.  

Recently, after searching the depths of the web… I’ve noticed that there is little information on how to successfully setup a google domains with both google’s blogger and blogspot. This lead me to spend some time fiddling with my domains dns info, and surprisingly, I managed to make it all work.

In this tutorial, I will use the subdomain for blogger and for google sites. I will also redirect the root naked domain to All without using a third party service for a A-record ip redirect.

In general, my domains will be configured like this: 

https://www.dnaatwork.comGoogle’s Server IPs
https://blog.dnaatwork.comGoogle’s Server IPs

Although google recommends three different dns setups (blogger, site and naked root), non seem to be able to combine all three, and each load to fail one or another site. This is why it is best to skip google’s setup recommendations.

Google’s Domains DNS Setup 

Synthetic Records

  • Redirect Type: Temporary redirect (302)
  • Path Type: Forward path
  • SSL Type: Enable SSL

Custom Resource Records



The synthetic record points the naked domain to the subdomain. In my case, anyone who visits will be redirected to

The redirect type simply lets users know that a CNAME or Naked Domain has changed. In an analogy, the temporary redirect (302) tells the user that the url they are requesting has changed. The permanent redirect (301) tells users that the requested url has been changed forever.

dnaatwork.comerror page
www.dnaatwork.compage loads

The forward path option will redirect the domain to the www. version while redirecting the pages too.

ON/OFFURLRedirect Error

The SSL option issues an ssl certifies issued by google, which is recommended. In layman terms, makes, load as

The custom records differ from google’s official tutorials. Where blogger points to and google sites to And so far, this setup seems to have not worked for me. What has worked is using

Also note, a unique blogger CNAME must also be added,

Final Setup

With google sites, once you add a custom URL, this process may take up a few hours, this is due to the SSL certificate being generated. If in doubt, run the SSL lab test to confirm your site is up. This will load a bunch of certifies issued by google Sometimes the certificate on computers fails to update.

With blogger, once you add a custom url (whichever way you choose), the whole process will usually take no more than 30 minutes. Also, when setting up the custom URL – enable HTTPS Availability and Redirect (as recommended).

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