WordPress.com – Can You Have Your Own Domain Name?
Having Your Own Domain on WordPress.com
Now that you’ve got a nice blog on WordPress.com, why not get your own domain to brand your site? Here’s how you can easily register a new domain or move your existing domain to your WordPress site.
WordPress.com is a hosting platform that makes it easy for anyone to publish online.
If you have chosen to publish your post on WordPress.com, you’re probably asking yourself, “Can I have my own domain on WordPress.com?” The answer to that question is a resounding YES!
As a free service, WordPress.com gives you a free domain (something like anyaddress.wordpress.com) but if you want to also use your own domain, you can do that very easily.
All you need to do is to get a Domain Mapping Upgrade. This means, you will purchase a domain such as anyaddress.com and your WordPress blog will point to that. Anyone visiting your blog (anyaddress.wordpress.com) will see the new upgraded domain name.
Some things to consider:
- Are you using you blog to promote a business or organization?
- Will you be promoting your blog on business cards and other promotion material?
- Do you want to use multiple emails?
Owning your domain name personalizes your own content, helps to build your presence across the web, and distinguishes your work within your niche, field, or industry.
You can make the change to a custom domain at any time, and if at any point you choose to move your purchased domain away from WordPress, this is also an option.
Having a personalized domain is a great way to make your blog more professional, while still taking advantage of the ease of use that WordPress.com offers.