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Domains »Move a Domain Using Custom A Records

There are a few different methods for using a domain registered through WordPress.com with a different host. This article walks you through doing this by pointing your domain through a custom A records.

This method is recommended for pointing your domain to sites hosted by providers such as Tumblr and Squarespace, which do not support pointing through name servers.

Changing an A record

You can manage your domain from My Domains, by clicking the Edit button next to it and then Edit DNS. You’ll see the DNS records for your domain.

Your domain’s A record points to WordPress.com by default. It is the first record in the list under Existing DNS Records. Hover over it and click on the pencil icon to edit it.

Setting a custom A record

Setting a custom A record

Your new host should have provided you with the address to point your domain to. It consists of four sets of numbers separated by periods, e.g: 66.155.11.238

Enter the address in the points to field, click on Add and then on Save Changes.

The domain will start pointing to your new host immediately, but most hosts require you to set up the domain on their end as well. Here are instructions for some popular hosting services:

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Resetting a domain A record

To reset your domain’s A record and make it point to¬†WordPress.com again, hover over your custom A record and click the trash icon to remove.

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Adding WWW to your domain

If you want your new site to have the www subdomain (as in http://www.example.com), you will need to create a CNAME record for that subdomain.

Under Add New DNS Record, select CNAME and enter www as an alias for your domain:

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Click Add and Save Changes.

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