Add a Domain
Why should I need my own domain name?
Let’s say you have a WordPress.com site at http://yourgroovysite.wordpress.com
We allow you to register a domain name or use one you already registered somewhere else (let’s say yourgroovydomain.com) and map it to your site, so that your address becomes http://yourgroovydomain.com
Why is this important?
- Your own domain name looks way better on your business cards
- You can have email addresses on the same domain name (like firstname.lastname@example.org)
- You can create subdomains (such as blog.yourgroovydomain.com)
Last but not least, owning your domain name is the last step in owning your content. At WordPress.com the content you publish belongs to you, you can export and take it anywhere, at anytime, and with your own domain name, should you decide for instance to move to a self-hosted WordPress site, you won’t even need to warn your visitors, your content would remain at the same address.
Owning your domain name is the best way to perpetuate your internet presence, and it only costs a few bucks per year.
You can do exactly that using one of our domain upgrades. On the Domains page you will see these options:
I Already Have a Domain
You can point a domain you already own to your WordPress.com by following this three-step domain mapping guide.
You can also map a subdomain, for example blog.yourgroovydomain.com, of a domain that you already own if you’d rather do that. Domain Mapping costs $13.00 per domain per year.
I Want to Get a Domain
Domain Registration is a paid upgrade that costs $18.00 per domain, per blog, per year. The optional private registration upgrade is an additional $8.00 per domain per year.