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Questions about custom domain

  1. Hi!

    I'm Marow and have blogged about anime for two years now. Lately I have been thinking of getting a custom domain, via WordPress.com, but before I do that there are some questions I would like to know the answers to first.

    Please don't just leave a link. I already have read the "Support pages". I just want clear answers! :)

    1. When I want to register a domain there is a field called "Organization". What is this?

    2. Will my .wordpress.com domain redirect to my .com domain?

    3. I have heard that the SEO can get worse with a custom domain than a .wordpress.com domain. Has anyone else heard of this?

    Thanks in advance!

    The blog in question: http://animeviking.wordpress.com/

    The blog I need help with is animeviking.wordpress.com.

  2. 1. When I want to register a domain there is a field called "Organization". What is this?

    If you are a person who is in a non-profit or other organization that is what the field is for.

    2. Will my .wordpress.com domain redirect to my .com domain?

    Yes. That is what domain mapping is for and what it does.

    3. I have heard that the SEO can get worse with a custom domain than a .wordpress.com domain. Has anyone else heard of this?

    If you blog is still hosted by WordPress.com that's not true. If you move it then that comes into play.

  3. Here's a link to my post on the subject: Do I Need a Domain?

  4. Thank you for your replies! Just a quick follow-up:

    Yes. That is what domain mapping is for and what it does.

    Is it free if I buy the domain from WordPress.com, or do I still need to pay for it?

  5. It will still be a WordPress.com-hosted blog. Forgot to add that ^^'

  6. No purchasing a domain is not free. No purchasing domain mapping is not free. If you purchase domain mapping through WordPress.com the domain name is included in that annual upgrade.

    In order to map to a domain one must have an underlying .wordpress.com subdomain blog to map from. If you have registered a .wordpress.com blog you log in as Admin under the exact same username account that registered the blog and purchase a domain name by purchasing an annually renewable domain mapping upgrade for the blog.

    See here if you do not own a domain http://en.support.wordpress.com/domains/

    See here for mapping an existing domain that you already own http://en.support.wordpress.com/domains/map-existing-domain/

    Dashboard > Store > My Upgrades is where you do the primary blog set up knowing it can take between 24 - 72 hours for domain name propagation to take place throughout the internet. You can view the DNS changes here > http://www.whatsmydns.net/ What's important during that stage is to be patient.

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