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Will I lose my followers if I change to an own domain from WP

  1. Hello!

    I already have a blog in wordpress.com, but I really want to get an own domain in wordpress. Upgrade my blog.

    Is there a possibility that once I get my own domain, and go to -.com instead of -Wordpress.com, that I will lose followers?
    Because some of my followers are subscribed to my blog, some follow me through wordpress. I don't want to risk and lose more than 1k followers.

    Thank you in advance!

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

  2. No. The reason we purchase domain mapping is because it creates a seamless redirect form the original blog URLs to the same content under the domain URLs no matter where they are clicked anywhere on the internet. In other words - don't sweat this. The blog is going to be hosted exactly where it is now and all the changes is the URLs.

    In order to map to a domain one must have an underlying .wordpress.com subdomain blog to map from http://en.support.wordpress.com/register-a-blog/ and the domain name you desire must be available for purchase, or you must already own the domain URL.

    After 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 from the blog's dashboard at > Store > My Upgrades.

    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/

    See here for mapping a sub-domain (for a domain with an existing website) to your WordPress.com blog http://en.support.wordpress.com/domains/map-subdomain/

    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.

  3. P.S. I suggest you read this section closely before you upgrade so you are clear on the details. Domains - Important Notes Before Upgrading http://en.support.wordpress.com/domains/#important-notes-before-upgrading

  4. So all my subscribers/followers will continue getting a mail every time in post a new blog post?

    I was thinking of getting either the wordpress premium one or the the simple 'add a domain' option. Both have mapping and a new domain in them. So think I'll be fine. :)

    And I'll make sure to read that. :)

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