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Domains »Change Name Servers

When you register a domain with WordPress.com, we set it up to point to your WordPress.com blog. But you don’t have to use it that way – you can make your domain point to any site you want.

If you’re moving your site to another host, we suggest you transfer your domain to the new host so that both your domain and your hosting are managed in the same place. See the support page Transfer a domain to another registrar for more information about this.

However, in some cases, this option may not be available. For example, if you just registered your domain, you won’t be able to transfer it for 60 days. Also, some hosts simply don’t support domain registration transfers.

You can still point your domain to your new host even if you can’t transfer the registration, by changing the domain’s “name servers”. When you change your domain’s name servers to the ones provided by your new host, your domain will point to your new host instead of WordPress.com.

Changing name servers is only available if you already added a custom domain to your blog.

Changing domain name servers

Your domain settings live in the My Domains page. Every custom domain you added to your blog will have an Edit link next to it.

Screenshot of the My Domains page showing different domain options

 

Click on Edit Domain to open the domain management screen, and then click on Name Servers on the left to edit your name servers.

By default, your name servers will be set to Use WordPress.com Name Servers. When this setting is active, your domain will point to WordPress.com.

To change your name servers, check the option Use the custom Name Servers listed below.

MyDomainsChangeNS

The changes can take up to 72 hours to become active, but typically take only a few minutes. You’ll need to click the X in the top right corner of the Domain Manager pop-up to return to your dashboard.

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Finding out your new name servers

The new name servers you’ll need to enter depend on your new host. The best way to know for sure is to search your host’s help section or to contact their support. This is a list of name servers for some popular hosts:

Note: GoDaddy’s DNS is configured in such a way that pointing your domain’s nameservers to theirs will not work as expected. You’ll need to follow this support document in order to point your domain to a site you are hosting with them.

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