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How to Setup a Custom Domain on WordPress.com


By Andrija Vuckovic, October 12, 2017

You’ve built a strong blog on WordPress.com and now you want to have a more personalized domain name, rather than a subdomain? YourAwesomeBlog.Me sounds much better than YourAwesomeBlog.wordpress.com, right? But can you – and how – make that change? Well, because .ME is one of the domain extensions available through the WordPress.com platform, you can do just that, and never leave the WordPress.com admin dashboard.

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 WordPress.com and their servers, but you still want your domain name, that you’ve already registered. The solution to this problem is called domain mapping and we will show you how to do it!

wordpress blog domain

The First Scenario

The first step is easy. Just go to your WordPress.com Domains page, and if prompted choose the blog you wish to add the domain to (if there is only one blog on your account this step will be skipped automatically). Now just click on the blue Add domain button and enter your domain name with a .ME extension 🙂

register .ME domain on wordpress.com

register .ME domain on wordpress.com

.ME is one of the domain extensions available through the WordPress.com platform!
If the domain is available it will show up in the search box and you will need to click on the blue Upgrade button (or the Select button if you have no blogs), and pick a plan that is right for you.

Now you need to fill in all the information required for the domain registration and make a payment when you do. You will probably want to make your new domain a primary domain. To learn how, scroll to the end of the article.

The Second Scenario

Getting a domain name through WordPress.com was pretty easy and straight-forward, right! Now 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.

Custom Domain on WordPress.com

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.

This process will play out on two sides, WordPress.com and your registrar. The first thing you need to do is select your site on the WP Domains page, and choose the “Add Domain ” option. Then look for a white “Upgrade” button beside the “Already own a domain” text. When you click on it, enter a .ME domain you like and “Add” it to your blog. Now you only need to complete the checkout process for the domain mapping from the WordPress.com side.

map .ME domain name

map .ME domain name

Now from the registrar side, 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.

Then you will need to change the name servers of the domain to:

  • ns1.wordpress.com
  • ns2.wordpress.com
  • ns3.wordpress.com

Your registrar may be willing to do this for you. Now you should just wait for the DNS propagation to finish so your new .ME domain becomes active, and optionally make this a primary domain as described above.

Word of warning about e-mails!

If you already have some e-mail accounts on your domain name you will have to do some additional steps described here to make everything work.

Make your new .ME a primary domain name

The last step is to update your domain so it becomes a primary domain used for your site. To do this, select the domain you wish to be your primary domain and just click on the “Make Primary” button on your Domains page.

make a .ME domain primary

make a domain primary

That is it, after verifying your email address (if you’ve bought your .ME domain with WordPress.com ) and possibly waiting for DNS changes to propagate you will see your site on your new .ME domain!

Now you will have a unique, easy to remember home for your blog or site. This will surely help you get more readers and make your site stand out! If you’re interested in more advantages that .ME could give to your blog, why not check out our top five reasons for choosing .ME. Happy blogging!

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in May 2012. A lot has changed in the world of WordPress since then, so we decided to update the post accordingly.


Author:

Andrija Vuckovic

Andrija is a software developer at the Alicorn digital agency. Systematically approaching everything – from turning customers’ wishes into a functional, beautiful code, to analysing and theorising about the “Lord of the Rings”.

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11 responses to “How to Setup a Custom Domain on WordPress.com”

  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?

    Oliver

  3. Howdy,

    I’m on staff over at WordPress.com. Could you kindly remove the IP addresses mentioned in this article? Using the nameservers is our preferred way to point a domain to WordPress.com 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 chiefsiddharth.wordpress.com to chiefsiddharth.com 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 yourname.com.  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 wordpress.com 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:

      Hi!

      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 wordpress.com, you need a premium account. The cost of wordpress.com premium account and the price of your domain name are not connected at all. If you still want to connect you wordpress.com blog with your custom domain, you should get a premium account first.

      Hope this helped!
      Sanja

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