Use a Domain You Already Own (Domain Mapping)
Do you already own a domain name? If you would like to use it here on WordPress.com all you need to do is “map” your existing domain to your site. You will need an active WordPress.com plan on your site in order to map a domain. Each plan comes with a free domain credit you can use to either register a new domain or map one you already own. You can map as many additional domains to the same site as you would like, but you have to pay for additional mapping upgrades separately.
If you’re trying to map a subdomain (for example: blog.yourgroovydomain.com instead of yourgroovydomain.com), use our Map A Subdomain support page instead.
1. Add domain mapping
Go to the Domains page, select your site, and choose the Add Domain option.
Click the Upgrade button next to “Already own a domain?”
Enter the domain you’d like to map and click the blue Add button
Complete the checkout process for the domain mapping and WordPress.com plan (if you didn’t have a plan already).
2. Ask your domain provider to update your DNS settings
This step must be completed with the company you purchased your domain from. You can contact the support department at your domain registrar for help if necessary. If you are not sure what to say, here is a sample email you can send:
I would like to use my domain with a WordPress.com site. In order to do this, I need to point my domain’s name servers to the following:
3. Wait for the magic
Once it’s set as the primary, if the domain doesn’t load correctly or you see an error, don’t worry. It can take a few hours for your domain name servers (DNS) to update fully. You will also likely need to clear your browser’s cache.
What about email?
If you have email on your domain, there are a few more steps to make this work now that your name servers point here. See our guide on how to update your email records.
Update the DNS yourself
If you prefer not to contact your registrar’s support, you can log in to your account at your domain registrar, and replace any existing name servers with these three domain name server (DNS) addresses:
Instructions for common domain providers
You can usually change your name servers at your domain registrar’s website, but the process is different for each registrar. Instructions for popular registrars are available below:
- Google Domains
- Network Solutions
- Tucows Domains
If you’re having trouble finding where to change your DNS settings,
we recommend that you contact your domain registrar’s support department for help.
Note: When changing your name servers at your domain registrar’s website, some registrars require that you input them using all lowercase letters (eg. ns1.wordpress.com instead of NS1.WORDPRESS.COM).
Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs)
Your domain name is an IDN if it contains language-specific characters such as ä, û, ע, ж, 字, मा. Domain mapping for IDNs, also known as Internationalized Domain Names, is not currently supported.