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New Feature: Domains

  1. I know what it's like when a new feature arrives: you want to try it out right away. Before you run out and register a domain for use with your WordPress.com blog, there are some key things to know about domains and what our system does. I'll try not to get too technical about it.

    Many of your questions on this topic will be answered in FAQ pages and I may update this posting as well. Ask all you like, but please do not offer commentary or answers on this topic. I will be hovering over the Delete button on this one! :-) Also, I may delete a question once I answer it in an update. Thanks in advance for asking!

    So, here are the basics. Every WordPress.com blog starts off as a subdomain of wordpress.com, such as andy.wordpress.com. That subdomain will always be attached to that blog. If you decide to get a new domain for your blog, such as andyskelton.com, your old URLs will simply redirect to the equivalent URLs on the new domain.

    For example, visitors to http://andy.wordpress.com/about/ would be automatically redirected to http://andyskelton.com/about/ without missing a beat. Old permalinks and bookmarks will still work.

    The same redirection will apply to your feeds but you might want to tell people to update their subscriptions. Most feed readers will happily follow the directions to the new URL but some might not.

    You will be able to use any domain that you already control; you don't have to register with us. Many people will be happier with other registrars because they offer fine DNS control. If you register a new domain with us, your domain will be usable for your blog only. You will be able to transfer your domain to another registrar, though not in the initial release. Also planned is the ability to register privately, but until that is released your info will be shown in whois lookups.

    Domains registered elsewhere must have their DNS properly configured before they can be connected to a blog. Detailed instructions will be made available but we cannot support the various tools provided by registrars.

    We do not have any plans to offer email hosting. We may offer MX editing so you can host your own email server elsewhere, but that will not be in the initial release.

    Domains registered elsewhere can receive email if you host your own email and DNS and put your blog on a subdomain. Your blog domain will not be able to receive email--at least not in any configurations we will support.

    You can have many domains assigned to one blog. Only one domain will actually host the blog. The others will redirect visitors to the primary domain. You can switch primary domains any time, but I recommend against frequent switching.

    Now, about your Google Juice: it will probably be affected for a short time. I don't know how quickly a redirected website will gets all of its mojo back from the move, but any search engine worth using should have no trouble respecting the move.

    Until the search engine indexes your new URLs, all of the old URLs in the search results will still work. Visitors to old URLs are redirected to the equivalent new URL.

    Your old XMLRPC gateway should still work.

    The initial release will not allow you to use a subdomain of a domain that is already connected to a wordpress.com blog. So if you use hill.com or jack.hill.com you cannot use jill.hill.com. In the near future it will be possible for the owner of the first hill.com blog to authorize other hill.com blogs.

    Unused subdomains will be redirected by removing subdomains until a known domain is found. In keeping with the examples above, http://www.andyskelton.com and blog.andyskelton.com and a.b.c.d.andyskelton.com will all redirect to andyskelton.com. If I had used blog.andyskelton.com as my domain, http://www.blog.andyskelton.com would redirect but the behavior of http://www.andyskelton.com would be undefined.

    If you read this whole thing and you see me in a bar, I'll buy you a beer! :-)

  2. Email and the blog cannot be on the same domain, but the blog can be on a subdomain. So you can have these:

    blog.domain.com (with a CNAME records)
    [email redacted] (with an MX record)

    Your blog must be on a subdomain if you want to receive email to the domain. In this case, do not set your nameservers to ns1.wordpress.com and ns2.wordpress.com.

  3. Regarding "www" and subdomains:

    We will not allow you to map a "www" subdomain. This is because our software automatically redirects any unused subdomain of your blog to your blog.

    If you buy blog.domain.com, all of these will redirect to your blog:
    www.blog.domain.com
    test.blog.domain.com
    a.b.c.blog.domain.com

    Only one person is permitted to register or map to any one domain, or one of its subdomains. At this time we do not have a way for you to authorize other uses for your domain, so they are all unauthorized. This will change.

  4. Guys, the best way to get support isn't this thread, it's by contacting support using the feedback tab in your dashboard.

    If you're not talking to us via feedback we can't help you or track down any problems.

  5. hey ...
    watabt i wanna redirect blabla.wordpress.com to yoyoyo.wordpress.com

    is it possible??

  6. No - internal redirects cannot be done.

  7. Where do all these strange tags keep coming from in this thread?

    You can't do internal redirects but you can export out your blog information and import it to a different wp.com blog if you want. Take a look at Dashboard -> Manage -> the Export and Import pages for information. Do a search for export as well here in the forums. There's a number of threads on the subject.

  8. I'll have a Guiness Stout, thank you.

    Thanks for the new feature.

    ~firefly

  9. Está información la puedo encontrar en español?

  10. i would like to ask how can i turn my blog into an earnings is that mean i have to buy my domain that i just apply through worldpress any suggestions will be great i have an idea but i wanna make sure im doing it right.... ty

  11. If you want a commercial blog, I think you'll have to download the software and host it yourself, not just get your own domain name. The advice for that would be at WordPress.org, not here at WordPress.com, which is as I understand it for noncommercial blogs.

  12. I BUY A .ES DOMAIN, AND I PUT INTO THIS DOMAIN WITH DNS'S NS1.WORDPRESS.COM & NS2.WORDPRESS.COM... BUT DOESN'T WORK!! IN THE WORDPRESS OPTIONS DOMAIN PAGE I CAN'T ADD THE DOMAIN... ¿?¿?¿? WHAT'S HAPPEN? I NEED HELP NOW!! THANKS!

  13. Gork, please read the thread you just posted in, specially Matt's post. There are instructions about on what to do if you are having an issue. Please be sure to include specifics so they can see what is occuring.

    Also please do not shout. (Type in ALL CAPS) You don't see anyone doing so, do you? It's considered rude many places on the net and is not acceptable here either.

  14. I'm getting the following error:
    "Servidor DNS Master :Pesquisa recusada" that means: "Server DNS Master: Denied search", it is from the master brasilian dns provider, what could be wrong?

  15. @stiod
    OOPS! You ought to be sending in a feedback and not posting here. Please look up at what Matt had to say in this thread:

    Guys, the best way to get support isn't this thread, it's by contacting support using the feedback tab in your dashboard.
    If you're not talking to us via feedback we can't help you or track down any problems.

    Posted: 2006-10-27 08:31:55 #

  16. believeitornot
    Member

    If what raincoaster is saying is true, is there a way for people to get on a VIP list so that they can have more privileges like some other people here on wordpress? And if so, then how do we get on that list?

  17. Beliveitornot,

    No, that's not what Raincoaster is saying. He's saying that if you plan to have a commercial blog, you'd have to get a webhost and install the WordPress blog software on it rather than sign up for a free blog here.

  18. VIP Hosting to answer the question. Not sure what it's dojng in this thread though.

    Corporate blogs are allowed though.

    Put it this way. If you're planning on trying to sell stuff through your blog, than wp.com is not for you. Been covered in many, many threads already here.

  19. believeitornot
    Member

    Well, I'm sorry for asking this question in the wrong place. I'm new here and I guess I don't know my way around yet. With so many threads, though, it's no wonder I couldn't find what I was looking for.

    Thanks for the link and for the info.

  20. believeitornot
    Member

    Thank you, "soundsinteresting", for your polite answer.:)

  21. If I register my own domain elsewhere, and my hosting provider offers free domain-forwarding service... I can simply register bruce.com there, and have the domain "forwarded" (auto-redirected) by the hosting service.... to bruce.wordpress.com No?

    And if I checkmark "domain masking", then the user will see that bruce.com remains on the browser's Address line the entire time...

  22. @bruce
    Please look further up the thread and note that leaving questions here is not the way to go. Please send in a feedback.

  23. @timethief
    Uh, sorry, poor english...oO"

  24. Bruce, you can but it's not necessary. Just use wordpress.com's two nameservers (ie ns1.wordpress.com and ns2.wordpress.com) and you can have your domain hosted here. Domain forwarding is not necessary in this case.

  25. please, in spanish, thank you

  26. Hello
    I had changed both DNS in my Domain configuration, but they always ask me for the IP numbers asociated to them. What can I do?

    Many thanks from Chile

  27. Up near the top of this thread Matt said:

    Guys, the best way to get support isn't this thread, it's by contacting support using the feedback tab in your dashboard.

    If you're not talking to us via feedback we can't help you or track down any problems.
    Posted: 2006-10-27 08:31:55 #

  28. I would like to have anyone that types in http://www.warriorreport.com (a domain I own and control) to see what is on http://warriorreport.wordpress.com without leaving that page. How do I do this? I want to have the wordpress site be that same, only under a different URL.

  29. CV, you currently have domain forwarding, not domain hosting. Please see Dashboard -> Upgrades -> Domains for information about the program. Please also not that I changes thte URL of your wp.com blog. The 'www' and the 'warriosreport' bits can not coexist within a URL. 30% of the net and most search engine spiders cannot/ will not follow such a link. (Why do people keep shooting themselves in the foot with...)

    alva ns1 - 72.232.101.25 ns2 - 69.90.211.204 Please note that it shouldn't be asking for IP addresses and may show to be a problem with your registar.

  30. Nice new feature. I won't be using it until we can have an MX record editing capacity. I currently have my email hosted at google so need that MX editing capacity, if I dump the current web host, byebye email too :(

    Looking forward to more updates

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