Domains, Upgrades

Domains »Register a New Domain

Every site comes with a free/default address with .wordpress.com in the URL. You can hide the .wordpress.com part by registering a new domain.

We’ve made selecting and purchasing a new domain name for your site a simple process. On WordPress.com, you can register a custom domain (for example, supercooldomainname.com) and use it instead of your blog’s current address (such as supercooldomainname.wordpress.com). Your old address will still work, but we will automatically redirect traffic from your old address to your new one.

Step 1: Go to your Domains page and select the WordPress.com site for which you want to register a new domain name.

Step 2: Enter the domain name you’d like to purchase in the “Register a New Domain” box – for example, supercooldomainname.com – and then click “Search”. Remember: domain names are all lower case letters and cannot have spaces.

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Step 3: If the domain name hasn’t already been purchased by someone else, you’ll be able to proceed by clicking “Add”. If someone already owns that domain name, you’ll be able to try a different one.

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Step 4: Select whether you’d like your contact details to be public or private. As the domain’s owner, your name, address, email and phone number will be available in a public database. With our Private Registration option, your contact details are hidden so that spammers can’t obtain them.

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Step 5: You’ll now be prompted for payment. If you have an active WordPress.com Premium or Business plan with an available domain name credit, it will be applied automatically.

There’s one more thing! You will receive an email at the address you listed during the domain registration process for validation. The email will come from an address like “sales@secureserver.net” and it looks like this:

It’s very important that you click the red “Verify your email address” button once you receive this email. You won’t need to give any personal info, it’s just a simple click. If you don’t receive it, please let us know.

Enabling Privacy Later

If you already have a domain on WordPress.com and want to make your registration information private:

  1. Go to the My Domains page.
  2. Click on the Settings button (with the cog icon) for the relevant domain, and then click on Add Private Registration.
  3. Select your payment method, enter your payment information, then click Purchase Private Registration.
  4. Your registration information is now hidden from the public.

Note: If your domain name expires within the next 6 months you will also need to renew the domain registration and mapping in order to make your registration information private. Once you renew the domain with private registration added the privacy will start immediately and the domain will be renewed for another year from its current expiration date.

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