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Transfer wordpress hosted domain to Bluehost

  1. Hi,

    I have a blog on wordpress. I upgraded it sometime last year, so that I could have a custom name: http://katcameronillustration.com instead of http://katcameronillustration.wordpress.com

    My upgrade is about to expire in May.

    I have installed wordpress.org onto my private domain hosted by bluehost.com where I have my main website: http://www.katcameron.com
    and want to move my wordpress hosted blog there, but retain the name http://katcameronillustration.com

    I would prefer to be hosted by bluehost and use wordpress.org, so that I can monetize my blog as well as having access to plugins etc.

    Is there a way that wordpress can retire the name early so that I can buy it through bluehost, or can someone help me transfer it. who do I contact to facilitate this process. I don't want to wait until May when it expires. I would prefer to do this now.

    Thanks

    The blog I need help with is katcameronillustration.com.

  2. Hi Kat,

    You don't want to wait for it to expire and try to purchase again. There are too many folks who try to make a quick buck by automatically purchasing expire domains as soon as possible.

    With WordPress.com, you can change the settings to point to BlueHost or you could transfer the domain to a different registrar (like namecheap.com, etc).

    Details: http://en.support.wordpress.com/domains/domain-management/

    If you're happy with renewing your domain with WordPress.com, you'll just need to change the nameservers. Verify with BlueHost, but they'll typically be something like ns1.bluehost.com and ns2.bluehost.com.

    Again, verify that with BlueHost before changing anything, but to give you an idea of what a nameserver address looks like.

    The important thing is to either 1) renew it or 2) transfer it before it expires. Rebuying an expired domain can be a real pain, and often not possible if a squatter picks it up.

    Hope that helps. Cheers!

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