Look around. You will notice that my blog looks EXACTLY THE SAME. I like my blog and am not ready to switch things up. That was actually the hard part. I want some features that I need a web hosting service for, but I love Blogger. I didn't want Wordpress because there aren't many free templates. I also love Gmail and didn't want to use their email hosting service.
So here are the details.
Domain Registered through Google
Web Host: iPage
Blogging interface: Blogger
iPage is more expensive than Google Apps for domain registration, plus I already had the domain. Want to keep your Domain with the original registrer and get a web hosting service? You'll need to change the DNS with the Domain Registrer. If you bought from Google, sign in to Apps and it will direct you to ENOM. From there change the DNS servers to the ones provided by your hosting service (custom setting).
Wordpress costs money if you want to edit the layout and the free templates weren't working for me. Plus I know and love Blogger. I know how to use it and I can customize the design easily. I wanted to keep it. To make it work with your new host you'll have to follow these instructions:
iPage wanted me to pay for mobile email. WHAT?!?! Lame. Plus my email address was already configured with Google and pushed to all my mail apps. Why change? This was tricky. Under DNS settings (at your web host), you have to update your MX settings. You'll also have to remove some CName and A Records.
So those are the updates I made. Those 3 "simple" changes took me days of headaches to find and understand. There are a few behind the scenes goodies too that I'll talk about later once the projects are completely finished. ;)
I am by no means a web designer or expert, but if you have any questions I'd be happy to try to answer them.