Domains »Move Your Domain to Another Host
- How Domains Work
- Transfer domain registration to another registrar
- Change name servers to point the domain outside of WordPress.com
- Which of these options is the best for me?
If you registered your domain with WordPress.com, you don’t have to use WordPress.com as your host. The domain you registered is yours, and you can use it with any other host you want.
This page details two options for using a domain registered with WordPress.com outside of WordPress.com.
Important: This information relates only to domains registered with WordPress.com. If you registered your domain elsewhere, you can contact your registrar for more information about pointing it away from WordPress.com. You can use the Domain Helper to check where your domain is registered.
How Domains Work
A domain name is like a shortcut that points to your blog. It’s not really a part of your blog: you can have a blog without a domain name, and you can have many domains pointing the same blog. Your blog is the collection of posts, comments, widgets, your theme, and everything else that your visitors see when they visit it. The domain is just a shortcut to help them get there.
All blogs on WordPress.com get a free address in the form of example.wordpress.com. Using our paid domain upgrades, you can add custom domains as shortcuts to that address. Visitors will see the custom domain instead of the free address. A custom domain can be shorter, catchier, and easier to remember and share.
When you register a domain on WordPress.com, this domain becomes linked to your blog, so that when users enter the domain in their browser’s address bar, your blog will show up. While the domain registration is a paid upgrade that has to be renewed yearly, the blog itself remains free, and it will continue working even if you don’t renew the domain.
Transfer domain registration to another registrar
To transfer a domain from one registrar to another, you need to generate an authorization code from the current registrar, and then send that registration code to the new registrar. Using this unique code, the old registrar will allow the new registrar to take over the domain registration.
You can get an authorization code to transfer your domain (also sometimes called EPP) from the domain manager, under Store → Domains in your dashboard.
The transfer usually takes a few days, and when it is complete, your domain will no longer be registered with WordPress.com. Keep in mind that this doesn’t affect your WordPress.com blog. Your blog will still be available at the default address.
For more information about transferring domains and for detailed instructions, see the support page Transfer a domain to another registrar
Change name servers to point the domain outside of WordPress.com
Changing your domain’s “name servers” will make the domain point to another host, and leave the domain registered with WordPress.com. You will keep the domain upgrade you purchased from us, and just stop using the free hosting.
To change name servers, you will first have to get the proper name servers from your host, and then make the change using the domain manager, under Store → Domains in your WordPress.com dashboard.
For more information about changing name servers and for detailed instructions, see the support page Change Name Servers
Which of these options is the best for me?
Both these options achieve the same result – your domain will point to another site, with another host.
If your new host supports incoming domain registration transfers, it may be easier to have both the domain registration and the hosting in the same place.
You may want to contact your new host for more information about these two options.