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.

Quick Steps

  1. Go to Store → My Domains in your dashboard.
  2. Click the Register a New Domain button. Enter the full domain you wish to register and click Go.
  3. If the domain is available, click Register Now and complete the registration. Choose whether your contact information is public (Register Without Private Registration) or private (Register With Private Registration).
  4. Make a payment to complete the registration.
  5. Update your domain to be the primary domain used for your blog at Store → My Domains.

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Introduction

On WordPress.com, you can register a custom domain (for example, yourgroovydomain.com) and use it instead of your blog’s current address (such as yourgroovysite.wordpress.com). Your old address will still work, but we will automatically redirect traffic from your old address to your new one.

Domain Registration is a paid upgrade that starts at  $18.00 per domain, per year. You can register as many domains as you want on the same site, but you have to pay for each registration separately.

You can find a full list of extensions, or top level domains (TLDs), and prices here.

If you already have a domain registered, you can map your existing domain to your blog – it doesn’t have to be registered with us. You can also map your blog to a subdomain, if you already have a website up and you want your blog in a subdomain of that site.

Before Upgrading – Important Notes

WordPress.com supports registering domains with the extensions (TLDs) listed here. You can still map domains with other extensions to your blog – you just have to register them with another registrar and then map them to your blog.

The same goes if you already have a domain registered. Registering a domain through WordPress.com is much easier, but it’s not required.

Also, please note that WordPress.com automatically removes the “www” from all URLs.

Same Rules Apply – The Domain Mapping Upgrade does not enable the permission to use advertising, any kind of prohibited code, or upload additional themes or plugins. With the upgrade, your site will still be hosted here at WordPress.com, which means that you will not have FTP access to your files and you will still be required to abide by our Terms of Service.

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Public Versus Private

When you register a domain name, you have two options: A public or a private registration.

If you choose to register a domain publicly, your name, email, and address automatically become available to anyone, anywhere, including spammers, marketers, and other people who you might not want to share your information with.

With private registration, you can set up a new domain name without making any of your contact information public, and still enjoy all the benefits of regular domain name registration. It’s like being listed in the phone book: You can either have your number and address published, or you can pay to be unlisted.

Private Registration is a paid upgrade that costs $8.00 per year per domain registration.

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Instructions For Registering a New Domain

  1. Go to Store  My Domains
    Store - My Domains menu
  2. Click Register a New Domain Name and enter the domain you wish to register (make sure to include the extension, such as .com), then click Go.
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  3. If the domain is available, click Register Now. You will be prompted for your registration information. Complete the required fields, then if you want the private registration upgrade, click the button that says Register With Private Registration. If you want to stick with the standard public domain registration, click the Register Without Private Registration button.
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  4. Select your payment method, enter your payment information, then click the Purchase button.
  5. To activate your new domain go to Store → My Domains, select the button next to the one you wish to activate and click Update Primary Domain. Your blog will be accessible from both of these domains; the Primary Domain is what actually appears as your domain within the address bar of web browsers. If you do not see your blog at the new domain immediately, please allow some time for the DNS changes to propagate.
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Enabling Privacy Later

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

  1. Go to Store  My Upgrades
    Store - My Upgrades menu
  2. Click the link that says Add Private Registration next to the domain that you want to hide your personal registration information for.
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  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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Email Validation and Verification

When you are registering a domain name, make sure you are using a valid email address. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) requires your contact information to be valid. An email notification will be sent asking you to verify your email address 1 to 2 days after you have registered the domain name. Please make sure to keep an eye on your email after you have registered the domain name.

An example of the email notification is posted below:

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If you do not receive this email notification, please do not hesitate to contact support.

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