All About Domains
Your site’s domain is like your mailing address: it lets people know where to find you.
There are two types of domains you can use on WordPress.com:
- Registered here – A domain registered with WordPress.com
- Registered elsewhere – A domain registered with another registrar, but used with your blog here at WordPress.com.
In either case, your domain hides and replaces your free wordpress.com address (example.wordpress.com). All sites are assigned such a subdomain.
You can also map a subdomain of a domain you own, either through WordPress.com or through another registrar (subdomain.example.com).
Here are some things you want to know about domains on WordPress.com:
When you register a domain, the exact name itself (e.g. example.com) is what you are purchasing. Domains are unique, and there can only be one site at any given domain at a time. By registering a domain, you have purchased the right to use that address for your site for one year.
Canceling a domain releases the domain to the public. Canceling a domain can cause your site to stop working and the domain can be lost permanently. You should only cancel a domain when you no longer want it and are okay with the potential of someone else registering and using it. Do not cancel a domain when you need to switch ownership of the domain or the site that appears when you visit it.
For more information on your options, see:
- Cancel a domain
- Transfer a domain to another registrar
- If you want to transfer an existing domain to another WordPress.com blog or WordPress.com user, contact support.
The registration of a new domain through WordPress.com is irreversible after the first 48 hours of registration. Before that, you can cancel the domain from My Upgrades. If you choose to cancel, you will receive an email to confirm the cancellation.
The mapping of an existing domain (registered at another registrar) falls within our 30-day refund window.
If you misspelled a domain, you can cancel it within the 48 hour cancellation window. From there, you can register a new, correct domain name for your site through My Domains.
If you purchased domain mapping and misspelled your domain during this process, you can cancel and refund within 30 days. Outside of that window, please contact support.
If you want to keep a domain, never let it expire. The expiration process of a domain is long and complicated, and you can incur an additional late renewal fee ($80) or lose the domain entirely if you attempt to renew after the expiration date.
You can avoid losing a domain by clicking the gear icon under My Upgrades, and then Enable Auto Renewal. This way, your same credit card will be used to renew the domain automatically. You can change the credit card to be used if needed.
You can enable or disable automatic renewal for your domain from My Upgrades. Domains are auto-renewed one month early. This avoids:
- a lapse in coverage and your site being down for an extended period of time
- shortage of time to sort out any expired credit card issues before the $80 late fee is implemented
- having a domain expire and go to redemption with no time to notify you
After being auto-renewed, the expiration date is extended a full year from the previous expiration date.
Please note that some domains have special renewal requirements and need to be renewed by the 20th of the month prior to the normal, one-year anniversary date. To avoid any issues renewing these domains, we will update the annual expiry date to to satisfy this requirement.
If you would like to have your domain (originally purchased and registered through WordPress.com) show a site that is not on WordPress.com, you have a couple of options:
- keep the domain registered with WordPress.com and change the name servers to point somewhere else.
- transfer the domain to another registrar.
Every domain on the internet requires valid contact information, and it’s up to you what you would like people to see when they do a “whois search” for your domain. Private registration keeps your name, email, phone, and address private.
If your domain is registered through WordPress.com or the nameservers for your mapped domain are pointing at those for WordPress.com, the DNS records need to be added by entering Custom DNS here. DNS entries could include A, AAAA, MX, CNAME, TXT, and SRV records.