- Get Started!
- Setting the Primary Domain
- Important Notes Before Upgrading
- Transferring a Domain to WordPress.com
- Add Email
- All About Domains
- Cancel Domain
- Change Name Servers
- Custom DNS
- Domain Expiration
- Domain Management
- Domains Settings
- Map a Subdomain
- Map an Existing Domain
- Move Your Domain to Another Host
- Register a New Domain
- Setting Custom A Records
- Transfer a Domain to Another Registrar
Every site on WordPress.com comes with a free address (like example.wordpress.com), but you can hide the .wordpress.com address by using a domain name (such as yourgroovydomain.com) that is set as your primary domain.
Adding a domain (whether registered through WordPress.com or with another host) is a paid upgrade:
- Registering a .com, .org, or .net domain through WordPress.com and mapping that domain to your site starts at $18.00 per domain and per year, or $25.00 per domain and per year for a .me or .co domain. For $8.00 more, you can also make the domain registration private.
- Mapping a domain you already own costs $13.00 per domain, per year.
There are 3 ways to add a custom domain to your site:
- Register a new domain through WordPress.com and have it connect automatically – if you just want a custom domain as quickly and easily as possible.
- Map an existing domain (one you already own) to your WordPress.com site – if you already have a domain that you registered and purchased elsewhere.
- Map a subdomain (for a domain with an existing website) to your WordPress.com blog – if you already have a website you don’t want to affect, and you want to add a blog to it under a subdomain (for example, blog.yourgroovydomain.com).
Setting the Primary Domain
It is possible to map several domain names or subdomains to a single site. In this case, you’ll need to choose one domain as the primary. All other domains associated with the site will still forward to the site, but the address that appears in your browser’s address bar will always switch to the primary domain. A common use for this functionality occurs when a domain name is frequently misspelled. You might like to own both the correct and the incorrect spellings, but you would want to assure that the correctly spelled name was set as primary.
To set the primary domain for your site, navigate to Store → My Domains in your admin sidebar, select the radio button beside the domain you wish to set as primary, and then click the “Update Primary Domain” button at the bottom of the list to save the change. The change should occur immediately, though for very recently purchased domain names, there is sometimes a delay of a few hours between the purchase of the domain and its availability.
Important Notes Before Upgrading
- Advertising: While a site must have a mapped domain in order to qualify for WordAds, the Domain Mapping Upgrade does not otherwise permit advertising on your site.
- Same Terms of Service: The Domain Mapping Upgrade does not permit the use of any kind of prohibited code or upload additional themes or plugins. With the upgrade, your site will still be hosted here at WordPress.com, which means that you will not have FTP access to your files and you will still be required to abide by our Terms of Service.
- New URLs: If you add domain mapping to an existing site with posts, their URL’s will change. We’ll redirect any visitors looking for the old URL’s over to the new ones, so none of your visitors will get lost out there on the internet, but other services won’t always understand that the old links and the new links point to the “same” place. For example, Tweet counter widgets work based on particular URL’s, so old posts’ counts will be reset to 0. Once you make the change, future posts will not be affected.
- Common Domain Questions: Learn all about domains and the answers to questions like: “What happens when my domain expires?”
Transferring a Domain to WordPress.com
We do not currently accept incoming domain transfers. If you already have a domain and you want to use it with your WordPress.com site, follow the instructions for mapping an existing domain to your WordPress.com site.