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How to Setup a Custom Domain on

By Nikola Krajacic, May 24, 2012

You’ve built a strong blog on and now you want to have a more personalized domain name, rather than a subdomain? YourAwesomeBlog.Me sounds much better than, right? But can you – and how – make that change?

Another scenario – you’re just starting with your blogging and you don’t want to get bugged by your hosting provider. You’ll decide to leave all the back end to and their servers, but you still want your domain name. The solution to both problems is called domain mapping and here’s how you’ll do it!

Get a Domain

To use a custom domain name on your blog, you’ll have to pay some reasonable fees. There are some options for you:

  • You can register a domain name with your domain registrar and map it – this will cost you $13 per year or;
  • You can register a .com, .org or .net domain through and map it for $18 per domain per year or;
  • You can register a .Me domain name through and map it to your blog for $25 per domain per year.

Several Domains?

Since getting a domain name through is pretty easy and straight-forward, so we’ll focus on mapping a domain name you already own. If you own several domains, you can map all of them to a single blog as well, but, you’ll have to choose one to be your primary domain name. When a user enters one of your domain names associated with the blog, he will be redirected to it, however, the URL in their browser will change to your primary domain name.

Mapping several domains to your blog

Be careful when choosing your primary domain name. Although you can change it with a click, changing domain names often is not recommended because it is not that practical for your readers.

Let’s Map!

Before going into domain mapping, you’ll have to understand that you’ll be required to change your domain’s name servers. You do remember how DNS system works, don’t you? The process itself is pretty easy, however, make sure you have your domain name provider on stand-by to help you if you get stuck.

First, you’ll have to login into your domain name control panel and find domain name server controls. If you can’t find them or you’re not sure what you’re looking for, ask your registrar for some support.

Change the name servers of the domain to:


Some registrars might need IP addresses instead of name servers. For the latest set  IP addresses used by WP load balancer, feel free to contact the WordPress team.

If you own some non-US domain names, your registrar may require to add a record on the servers called the Zone Record. However, if you have to this, you’ll find some help on

Sit and Wait

In the domain world, you’ll find out that changes aren’t instantaneous. It usually takes a couple of hours before the change is visible all across the web. So, after changing the nameservers, wait some time (or leave it through the night). Now, log in into your account.

Go to Store > Domains, enter the domain name into the box and click Add domain to blog. You’ll be redirected to payment gateway to pay for the upgrade and that will be the end of the process — your domain is now mapped to your blog.

There’s only one thing left to do – update your primary domain name. Head over to Settings > Domains, select your newly added domain name and click the Update Primary Domain button.

Updating your domain info

Your blog’s new domain is now complete!


Nikola Krajacic

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11 responses to “How to Setup a Custom Domain on”

  1. avatar sreedev says:

    using wordpress seems soo easy now. Thanks a ton!

  2. Is it possible to set up using NNAME or A records as well?


  3. Howdy,

    I’m on staff over at Could you kindly remove the IP addresses mentioned in this article? Using the nameservers is our preferred way to point a domain to as we change the IP addresses fairly often as we add new servers and datacenters.

    Currently, those three IPs aren’t correct. If folks need to use IP addresses instead, we’d rather folks contact us to get the latest set of IP addresses used by our load balancer and so we can be sure they know how to reach us again if a change negatively impacts them.

    Thanks for the tutorial and for your help!

    • avatar Tena Šojer says:

      Thank you for this information. We changed this bit in the article to let the readers know they can contact you to get the IP adressess should they need them. Cheers!

  4. Spot on with this write-up, I seriously believe this amazing
    site needs a lot more attention. I’ll probably be back again to read more, thanks
    for the advice!

  5. avatar Aman Sarda says:

    Sir, I have custom domain and i wanna switch blogger to WordPress without no money pay. Please help

  6. avatar Sid says:

    If I change my domain name from to how will it affect my views? Is it a 301 redirect? WordPress doesn’t say anything about this, but if you could provide external verification as well it would be nice. Useful article!

    • avatar Sanja Gardasevic says:

      Hi Sid,

      You get to keep your traffic! You can read all about it here. For detailed instructions on how to set up your custom domain, please check this article.

      Now, if you were asking us to recommend you a domain name, we would tell you to get creative and personal with .ME! 😉

  7. […] to go to  This is called “pointing” the website to the new address.  These instructions are for getting your pointing your WordPress blog to the address you bought.  Note:  Blogger doesn’t allow this, which means even if you bought a domain name, it […]

  8. Hi, Im new to this and i recently purchased a domain name with GoDaddy and i wanted to map my domain with wordpress in order to take off the but when i change the domain name it redirects me to the payment of $99. Whereas i have already paid $120 for my domain with Godaddy..! how does this work?? have i taken a wrong step or i should have gone premium directly with wordpress?

    • avatar Sanja Gardasevic says:


      I am sorry you are having troubles with your domain!
      If I understood your problem correctly, I think you missed a step. 🙁 If you want to use a custom domain with, you need a premium account. The cost of premium account and the price of your domain name are not connected at all. If you still want to connect you blog with your custom domain, you should get a premium account first.

      Hope this helped!

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