Domains, Upgrades

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. Here’s how!

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 “Map an Existing Domain” option.

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2. Update your DNS

Log in to your account at your domain registrar, and replace any existing name servers with these three domain name server (DNS) addresses:

  • NS1.WORDPRESS.COM
  • NS2.WORDPRESS.COM
  • NS3.WORDPRESS.COM

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.

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3. Wait for the magic

Depending on the order that you add everything, you may want to head over to My Domains and make sure the domain you just mapped is set as your primary domain. 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.


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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.

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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:

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Contacting your domain provider

If your registrar isn’t listed above, you can search their website or contact their support team for assistance. 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:

NS1.WORDPRESS.COM
NS2.WORDPRESS.COM
NS3.WORDPRESS.COM

WordPress.com does not permit mapping by setting an A record to point to an IP address. They require the name servers to be updated as described.

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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.

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