Domains, Upgrades

Site Redirect

Are you leaving WordPress.com? Would you like to redirect example.wordpress.com (as well as all of your permalinks) to your new domain name? Have you recently changed your blog address and need to redirect traffic to the new name? The Site Redirect upgrade lets you do just that — and managing the redirect couldn’t be easier.

Getting Started

Purchase a Site Redirect from the WordPress.com Store. The first step will be to enter the new domain or address where you want your WordPress.com traffic to be redirected. Type the URL of the destination site into the blank field, and click the blue button that says Redirect to this URL.

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Note: Site redirects will only point to a non-ssl ( http:// ) url.

You’ll be asked to confirm the purchase, and will be taken through the checkout process. When the payment has been completed, you’ll be taken to the domain management page at Store → My Domains. You’ll notice a few things.

  • Your purchase has been confirmed, so the Store → My Domains page now includes management for your new Site Redirect upgrade.
  • The redirect is in effect. The radio button shows the redirected domain as your new Primary domain.

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Please note: In order for the Site Redirect to work correctly, the permalinks on the new site (the one you’re redirecting to) should match those at WordPress.com. WordPress.com uses the following permalink structure:

http://example.com/2014/10/21/sample-post/

If the new site you’re redirecting to does not use this permalink structure, the redirect will try to find a post on your new site that matches the post URL from your WordPress.com site, but some visitors may see an error message indicating no matching post could be found.

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Updating Redirect

If you want to redirect your site to a different URL that what you purchased, visit the Store → My Domains page, and click the Change Redirect Location button. Enter the new domain or address and click the Update Redirect Location button.

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Disabling Redirect

If you want to turn off the redirect for a while but don’t want to delete it, click on the radio button next to your default WordPress.com address, and click the Update Primary Domain button.

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You can turn on the redirect at any time by returning to this screen, selecting the Site Redirect URL as the primary domain, and clicking Update Primary Domain.

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Deleting Redirect

To delete a redirect, please contact support.

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