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Change a Site Address

Your WordPress.com site address is what people use to access your site. An example of a WordPress.com site address is example.wordpress.com. This document explains how you can change the example part of the address to something else.

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Changing Your WordPress.com Site Address
Using a WordPress.com Site Address You Already Own
Reusing Other Site Addresses

 Once you change the “example” part of example.wordpress.com, the old address will stop working. Visitors will not be redirected to your new site address, unless you add a Site Redirect upgrade. The old address will not be available for use again.

Just want to change your Site Title?

If you want to change the title of the site, which is the text displayed in the title bar of a web browser and in the header of most themes, you can do so under My Site → Design→ Customize → Site Identity.

Want to remove the .wordpress.com part of your site address?

You can register a custom domain name. The custom domain name will take over as your site address, and visitors who have your WordPress.com address will be redirected to your new domain name.


Changing Your WordPress.com Site Address

If you follow these instructions for changing your site address, links to your old address, including search engine results, will be broken unless you add a Site Redirect upgrade.

  1. Go to My Site → Manage → Domains and click on your .wordpress.com address.
  2. On the Domain Settings page, scroll down to Change Site Address.
  3. Click the input field (with the first part of your current site address as a placeholder) and enter the new address you wish to use.
  4. We will let you know if the new address is available.
  5. Click the Change Site Address button.
  6. A screen with additional details and warnings will appear. Read the information carefully and make sure this is the action you wish to take.
  7. Check the box to confirm.
  8. Click Change Site Address.
Change Site Address - Domains Page
My Site → Domains
Change Site Address - Page
Change Site Address
Change Site Address - Confirmation
Confirm the Change

Once you’ve completed all of the steps above, your site will have a brand new WordPress.com address.


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Using a WordPress.com Site Address You Already Own

Site addresses cannot be moved to a different site. If you wish to add content to a site address that you’ve used previously or already own, you will have to import the content you want to use manually by following these steps:

  1. Export the content from your current site by following the steps in our Export guide
  2. Import the content into your new site with the site address you want to use by following our Import guide
  3. Optionally, add a Site Redirect to automatically redirect visitors to your new address

If you own a custom domain name, an address that does not contain wordpress.com in the URL, then you may be looking to map or transfer the domain name to your WordPress.com site.


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Reusing Other Site Addresses

We cannot recycle or reassign site addresses (URLs) which may appear to be abandoned. We respect bloggers’ ownership of their content and therefore will not move or delete a site without its owners consent — no matter how long it has been since their last update.

  • 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.

There is an infinite supply of unused blog addresses, so our policy should not limit your address selection.

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.

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