On WordPress.com, you can use a domain that you already own, such as example.com, instead of your blog’s default address, like example.wordpress.com. This is called Domain Mapping. Your old WordPress.com address will still work, but we will automatically redirect traffic from your old address to your new one.
Domain Mapping is a paid upgrade that costs $13.00 per domain, per blog, per year. You can map as many domains as you want to one blog, but you have to pay for each domain separately.
The Domain Mapping Upgrade does not enable the permission to use advertising, any kind of prohibited code, or upload additional themes or plugins. With the upgrade, your blog will still be hosted here at WordPress.com, which means that you will not have FTP access to your files and you will still be required abide by the Terms of Service.
Instructions for Mapping an Existing Domain
- Update your domain’s name servers to the following. Make sure to remove any existing name servers that are already there.
You can usually change your domain’s name servers at your registrar’s website, but the process is different for each domain registrar. Instructions for popular registrars are available here— if your registrar isn’t listed, visit their website or contact their support team for assistance.For certain domains, such as .com.br and other non-US domains (or ccTLDs), your registrar may require us to add a “Zone Record” on the WordPress.com servers before the name servers can be updated. Please contact supportand state the domain you want to map, and we’ll take care of this for you.
Domain Mapping for IDNs, also known as Internationalized Domain Names, is currently not supported on WordPress.com sites. (Your domain name is an IDN if it contains language-specific characters such as ä, û, ע, ж, 字, मा.)
If your registrar needs the IP addresses of the Name Servers, you can use the following. However, note that IP addresses are subject to change and using the full domain name is preferred.
When a new domain is purchased or when name servers are updated, it can take some time for the change to take full effect (up to 72 hours, but normally much less).
Warning: when you change the name servers, any custom DNS records such as A, CNAME, or MX records will stop working. Specifically, this can mean that any email addresses you have on this domain (such as firstname.lastname@example.org) may stop working once the mapping is complete. To continue using them, you’ll need to enter new Custom DNS records once you have set up your domain on WordPress.com. We recommend you prepare the relevant information in advance, before you start the domain mapping. Alternatively, you can map to a subdomain, which doesn’t require changing the name servers and will not effect any custom DNS records.
- After the name server change takes effect, go to Store -> Domains in your blog’s dashboard, enter the domain into the form at the top of the page, and click the Add domain to blog button. If the name servers are verified, you will be prompted to pay for the upgrade and complete the process.
- After the purchase is complete, go to the Settings -> Domains page, select the radio button next to the domain you just mapped to your blog, and click the Update Primary Domain button.
- DNS Tutorial for Beginners (needforair.com)
- Can domain names, email accounts and websites be transferred to a different host or registrar? (marketing.yell.com)