Sometimes it frustrates a lot when your domain name doesn’t work perfectly and you see a big traffic loss over your blog. With Blogger blogs, one of the most common issue is that naked domain without www gives a “Not Found” 404 error after you make a small mistake in mapping your custom domain to Blogger. I see a lot of bloggers facing this issue, so writing this tutorial to help you out in solving the problem and get your naked domain working fine.
There are two solutions for this issue. One is simple and needs you to check a box only from your Blogger dashboard. If that doesn’t work, you need to modify DNS of your domain to get it working. Let’s start talking about the fix. I’ll be discussing the simpler method first. Try it. If it fixes your problem, then it is good. Otherwise go for the second one.
Fix1 – Redirect non-www to Full Domain
To get your non-www domain working, follow below instructions.
- Go to http://blogger.com and choose the blog at which the issue is present
- In your blog’s dashboard, go to Settings>Basic
- Click on “Edit” in front of your blog address (custom domain)
- In next screen, check the box saying “Redirect yourdomain.com to www.yourdomain.com” and save changed
Now visit your blog and see either the problem has fixed or not. If it didn’t get fixed by above change, proceed to next step.
Modify DNS Records
It is a little bit complicated and you may face a slight difficulty if you don’t have any experience with DNS. To get your non-www domain working on your Blogger blog, follow below instructions:
- Log-in to your domain control panel and navigate to its DNS settings
- In DNS section, look for any record with “@” as host name. If you don’t find the “@” record, look for a blank field as host
- Most likely, you will unable to find any host record with “@” value. So add one
- To add the value, click on add new value, select URL redirect or CNAME and write @ in host name. In destination or target field, type your full domain along with www
- Save the DNS changes. Your domain should start working in a while
DNS control panel varies from registrar to registrar, so it is difficult for me to guide you by writing exact values. Below screenshot is my NameCheap’s domain panel. It will generate an idea about the DNS modification in your mind if above instructions didn’t make you understand about the setup.
If your non-www domain is still giving error and you can’t get it fixed, you can leave a comment below and I’ll help you in solving your issue.