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Domains »Move a Domain Using Custom A Records

There are a few different methods for using a domain registered through WordPress.com with a different host. This article walks you through doing this by pointing your domain through a custom A records.

This method is recommended for pointing your domain to sites hosted by providers such as Tumblr and Squarespace, which do not support pointing through name servers.

Changing an A record

You can manage your domain from My Domains. After click on the Edit button next to your domain, you’ll see Name Servers and DNS (if you registered your domain on WordPress.com) or just DNS (if you’re mapping an existing domain). Inside one of these options, click on DNS Records. 

Your domain’s A record points to WordPress.com by default. Use the Add New DNS Record button to enter a new one.

Setting a custom A Record

Setting a custom A Record

 

Your new host should have provided you with the address to point your domain to. It consists of four sets of numbers separated by periods, e.g: 66.155.11.238

Enter the address in the points to field, click on Add and then on Save Changes.

The domain will start pointing to your new host immediately, but most hosts require you to set up the domain on their end as well. Here are instructions for some popular hosting services:

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Resetting a domain A record

To reset your domain’s A record and make it point to WordPress.com again, just use the Delete button on the right side of your custom record.

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