If you’ve started up a blog on the WordPress.com platform, you already have a domain name available for free. The problem is, that domain name is in the form of “myblog.wordpress.com.” And while that may suit you fine, especially if it’s a personal and laid-back soliquey, you may want to change to a .com address at some point. But don’t be concerned–visitors will still be able to find your by your old .wordpress.com address, important especially if you’ve had the blog up for awhile and have garnered reader attention.
It’s simple to purchase a domain name through WordPress or a domain provider such as GoDaddy.com. (FYI, it costs money to change the web address. But the cost is quite minimal–only about $17 a year.) This will cover how to purchase through WordPress.com.
1. If you don’t have a blog yet
Skip the whole “change it later” part if you don’t already have a blog. When signing up for a blog account (sign up here), WordPress allows you the option to purchase a domain name. A box will pop up after you’ve typed in your blog address, asking if you’d like to purchase a .com, .org, etc name. Merely choose the affirmative, then state that it’s for a new blog, and WordPress will walk you through it.
2. If you already have a blog
For those of you who are changing this option after your blog is already set up, simply go to the “domains” button under “upgrades” in your dashboard. There you can input your chosen blog name and click “Add domain to blog.” Your steps afterward are easy to follow; add your information, and WordPress will direct you.
Congratulations on your new blog address!
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