Buying domain name

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    Ok, so for quite some time, a small headline on my dashboard has been offering me to buy a domain name for my blog for only $17 a year. Then suddenly the price changed to $24, and a few days later it´s back to $17. It goes up and down all the time, why is that?

    The blog I need help with is



    Because Matt changed his mind? Or maybe because one option is the cost with privacy protection and one is the cost without.



    raincoaster provided your answer and reading this will confrim she was correct:

    Registering a domain through and mapping that domain to your blog starts at $17.00 per domain, per year. For $8.00 more, you can also make the domain registration private.


    Ok, thanks for the answers.

    Right now the blog address is As far as I can see, after the registration, the address will simply be called
    Nothing else changes, right? I mean the entire layout will still be the same?




    It was probably a different price depending on the type of domain offered.

    .com, .org, and .net domains are $17/year

    .me domains are $24/year

    I’ve updated the documentation. Sorry for the confusion!


    Sorry for picking this one up again, but am still a bit confused. I continue to see the offer to update my blog to for $24 a year, but have yet to find the other offers. The .com is nowhere to be found, in fact I have never seen it, and seraching for it yields no answers at all.
    When I click in the top bar to see what offers I can get, as I mentioned I can only get the .me offer, costing me $24 a year. I am re-directed to a form I need to fill out, but I cannot find aform for the .com
    A little help?
    And sorry for this, but your forums are unbelieveably confusing, I have never seen so much writing just to inform us on how to use the forums. It´s just page after page of relentless and useless information. Why not consider to clean it up a bit?



    They pay engineers; they don’t pay writers.

    On the page where you go to buy domains, you can fill in any domain you like. I’d recommend a .com instead of a .me, myself. Seems silly to charge more for something trendy and podunk. How much for a .tel????

    Anyway, go to Dashboard->Store->Domains and you should be able to fill it in there.


    Sorry I didnt understand your first comment, about the engineers….

    I followed the instructions, dashboard, store, domains and then hoped to find a form to fil out. Instead I got another completely cnofusing page, linking to this and that, and oh do remember to click here if you need answer for this or that….
    Just spend 30 minutes on the damn thing and am none the wiser. I clicked on one that then talked about IDN´s and I kept getting links to private domains, that re.directed me back to the first page, or links to how I registered a domain if I didnt already have one. Everytime I got more an dmore confused.
    Can´t you just have the forms like….Click here to fill it in?



    Engineers engineer – Writers Write – not many can do both well.

    Full disclosure – I am an engineer.


    Ok, am I just missing something here?

    I don´t get why you suddenly started talking about engineers…

    Just tried to find some easy answers, perhaps even the form which everyone keeps stating is SO easy to find.


    Can someone, anyone, help with this? I keep getting a page that re-llinks back to itself all the bloody time.

    I am looking at Domain Mapping, under the Support section and am none the wiser. Is it really so hard for the thousands of people, who clearly has no problems in using it, to show me how?

    Just because there are 15 links directing me to allkinds of sub-categories, doesn´t mean I actually know what to do, especially when the language used is, pardon me, nerdy.

    Al I am trying to do, is changing my blog from to



    If you already own then you follow the guide to map an existing domain > from your blog at


    I am looking at it eight now, and still have no idea what to do. Do I own I don´t think so, my blog name is, does that mean I own it?

    The second link tells me how to remove existing name servers(WTF). All of this: You can usually change your domain’s name servers at your registrar’s website, but the process is different for each domain registrar. Instructions for popular registrars are available here— if your registrar isn’t listed, visit their website or contact their support team for assistance.For certain domains, such as and other non-US domains (or ccTLDs), your registrar may require us to add a “Zone Record” on the servers before the name servers can be updated. Please contact supportand state the domain you want to map, and we’ll take care of this for you.

    Domain Mapping for IDNs, also known as Internationalized Domain Names, is currently not supported on sites. (Your domain name is an IDN if it contains language-specific characters such as ä, û, ע, ж, 字, मा.)

    is completely nonsense to someone like me.


    Perhaps this will help:

    The site isn’t showing you as an option because it is already owned That is why the form isn’t showing you the .com option, it simply isn’t available. Click on owned above for the information, or go to any whois search site, and enter the name of the site you want to search.

    Since is already owned, you can’t purchase that. If you want to get rid of the “” part of your URL address, you would have to choose another name, or one of the other endings that wordpress offers .me, .org, etc.

    I did all of this a week ago when I started the blog, and it was easy and took no time. Ignore all the domain mapping and such since you do NOT already own a domain.

    All you want to do is click here: and scroll down to the Instructions For Registering a New Domain For Your Blog section, and follow the instructions.


    You WILL need to deal with domain-mapping and such, but not until AFTER you purchase the domain. One step at a time! :-)


    That was a perfect answer! Thank you souch, I finally know what the hell its about. So basically I could have converted it back when I made the blog, the easy way. But now because I already own, its a little more complicated. Yes?


    Hola Peeps,

    i’m kind of in a similar situation, I’ve just upgraded to a wordpress bundle fr $99 and I was confused about the Edit DNS part. I tried follwing the instruction but when you enter my domain name… it comes up page not displayed. The help hint at the top of the page mentions:

    Your nameservers need to be set to NS1.WORDPRESS.COM and NS2.WORDPRESS.COM for these DNS records to work. If you have already updated the nameservers you can ignore this message; it will stop appearing soon.

    Ive added this using the example as a template but the what am I to enter in the remaining part? below is what I’ve entered, which is mainly taken from the sample!

    TXT v=spf1 ~all
    A webmail
    SRV _xmpp-client._tcp 10 10 5269

    Where am I going wrong? fairly new to this stuff.

    Any help would be appreciated.


    Did you look at the registry information for Is that you? Did you register it in March through Use any whois site to check it – here’s one Go Daddy Domain Check. Enter the url, and continue from there. (I think you would remember purchasing a url, but.. maybe not…)

    If you did, then yes, it is yours, and you need to map this blog to that domain, by following

    If you didn’t, and it isn’t your domain, then you need to decide if you want one of the other available options, such as .me etc.

    YOU do own I don’t know if YOU own – that is what you have to determine, first – did you purchase THAT domain? It wouldn’t have been through wordpress, or it would show in your dashboard. Did you purchase it through some other registrar or webhost? If yes, then… you need to click on the mapping an existing domain instructions above.

    If you did NOT purchase it through another registrar or webhost, THEN you need to decide if you want to purchase or something else.


    @formulaoneupdate – and you are welcome! :-)

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