Policies & Safety

Recycling Blog Addresses (URLs)

A WordPress.com blog owner can choose, at any time, to permanently delete his/her blog. There are any number of reasons someone may want to do this, and we respect their decision.

Addresses (URLs) for blogs that have been deleted by the owner will remain deleted. We cannot, under any circumstances, allow someone to take over the address of a blog that was owned and deleted by its original/previous owner. Please do not submit support requests asking us to do this.

Imagine you have a blog for a while, but then decide to delete it for personal reasons. We then let someone else take over the name. A year later you get an angry phone call from a friend or relative who has clicked on an old bookmark, reads something offensive, and thinks that it was published by you. This is why our policy will remain in place.

Fortunately, there is an infinite supply of unused blog addresses, so our policy should not limit your address selection. Note that if you add a custom domain for use with your blog, the original ‘wordpress.com’ domain/URL is never visible to your readers for as long as the custom domain is used on your blog.

While we do have the right to reclaim or delete a blog/address for any reason, we very rarely exercise this power and will not use this power to reclaim names of any currently active or deleted sites.

If you find that an active blog address is registered by another user, you may be able to obtain it for your use if the owner of the blog agrees to transfer it to you.  You may contact the blog owner – via a comment on their site or through a contact form, if available – to ask for their consent.  If you do not get permission, or do not hear back from the blog owner, we cannot transfer the blog address to you. Please note that we cannot contact the owner of the previously deleted blog for you, nor can we provide you with the contact information of blog owners.

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