Domains, Upgrades


Your blog comes with a free address, like You can get rid of the part and use a custom domain name instead, like Adding a domain is a paid upgrade:

  • Adding a domain to your site (either registering a new domain, or transferring or mapping one you already own) requires a plan.
  • Each plan comes with a free domain name credit for one year’s registration or one domain transfer. However, you can set up additional domains on the same site as add-on upgrades (see this page for a list of all the domains we currently offer and the cost for registration/transfer).
  • Domain owners are required to provide their contact information during registration. The Private Registration upgrade will protect your identity and hide your contact information. 1
  • You can also connect any number of domains you already own elsewhere via our domain mapping upgrade at no additional cost.
  • For all .fr domains, and .ca domains registered by individuals, the Private Registration feature is enabled by default with no additional fee.
  • For .uk domains, address privacy is included for private, non-trading individuals.

Getting Started

There are 4 ways to add a custom domain to your blog. Please note, an active plan is required to add a custom domain to your site.

  1. Register a new domain through and have it connect automatically – if you just want a custom domain as quickly and easily as possible.
  2. Transfer an existing domain (one you already own) to – if you already have a domain but want to manage it and your site in one place.
  3. Map an existing domain (one you already own) to your blog – if you already have a domain that you registered and purchased elsewhere, but want to keep managing it via your current provider (note, you’ll still need to pay them for the renewal each year.)
  4. Map a subdomain (for a domain with an existing website) to your blog – if you already have a website you don’t want to affect, and you want to add a blog to it under a subdomain (for example,

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Setting the Primary Domain

You can add as many domains as you want to your blog. For example, you can add multiple domains to cover common misspellings of your primary domain, so that visitors who make a typo will still get to the right place. One of those domains will be the Primary Domain: all your other domains will redirect to the primary one. Visitors can get to your blog using any of the domains you added, but the address they see in their browser’s address bar will always be the primary domain.

To change the primary domain for your blog, go to My Site → Domains and click the button Change Primary at the top right:

After, select the domain you wish to be primary:

The change is applied immediately. Note that when adding a new domain, there might be a short delay before it becomes active.

You can verify the primary domain by noting the green checkmark next to primary domain listing:

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Available Domains

You can register domains with any of the extensions listed here through your account (find out more about private registration here). Domain “extensions” are known as TLDs, or top level domains.

If the domain extension you want to use is not available for registration on, you can register elsewhere and add it to your blog using Domain Mapping.

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Important Notes Before Upgrading

  • Advertising: Our WordAds program allows you to share revenue from ads shown on your blog. A custom domain is required to participate in WordAds. Note that advertising outside of the WordAds program is not supported.
  • Same Terms of Service: With the custom domain, your blog will still be hosted on, and will still be required to abide by our Terms of Service. Uploading custom themes or plugins is only supported on the business plan. HTML codes and scripts are also not supported. FTP access to your files is not available.
  • New URLs: Adding a domain will change the URL (the links) to all your posts and pages. We will automatically redirect any visitors, but note that third-party services such as Facebook rely on the URL to measure activity. This may cause existing share counts to be reset to 0. Future posts will not be affected.

For more detailed information and frequently asked questions about domains, see the All About Domains support page.

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