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  1. Hello, I am wondering if i can rename my blog without having to upgrade to premium. I made the site for my boss under the name "" and she wants me to change the url to "". Any advice?

    The blog I need help with is

  2. If you want to change the blog address ie. the URL starting with http:// then you must be logged in as Admin under the exact same username account that registered the blog to do that, and the URL you desire must be available. If so then you can chnage the URL by using this guide

    Proceed with caution reading carefully each and every step before taking it.

  3. Hello there! Very new to the WordPress CMS. I am trying to change my domain name; I already purchased from WordPress about a week ago, but the name that I actually want is "somethingelse".com. Is there a painless way to release one name and exchange for the other without canceling payment? The other name I want is available; i already checked. Thanks so much for your help in advance.

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  5. Certainly, timethief - thank you very much.

  6. @muspelheimdall, within 48 hours a domain purchase can be refunded, but in this case it is too late to refund or exchange the domain name.

    A new domain can be purchased and registered by navigating to this page from your dashboard:

    Store → Domains

  7. Thanks kevmarsden. I've been fiddling with WordPress all day and haven't been able to figure out how to get my two sites to point to their respective domains when I'm logged in. Is there a way to effect this?

  8. @surtursword, it looks like your site is good to go. When you're logged into the admin dashboard, your URL will look like this:

    But your public visitors will only see

    Is there another site you're having trouble with?

  9. @kevsmarsden - yes; I registered a site named with HostGator and when i type the url into the adress bar, it returns a result of (when I'm logged into WordPress in Chrome). When I bring up another browser and type in, I receive a message of "unable to resolve domain name."

    For a little bit of background, I had previously registered with WordPress as a host, but I was having trouble getting the site to show up instead of so switched hosts to HostGator. I waited about 6 hours (as recommended by Support at HostGator) before trying again, to no avail. In any case, my real problem is figuring out how to make separate domains in WordPress point to the desired domain, instead of Whew. Thanks for the help

  10. To the Original Poster: Your site is brand new, so just set it to private and register a new blog with the URL you want. Then import the posts from the old one. That way you have a spare blog you can use for tinkering with themes and widgets.

  11. @surtursword, the first step is to update the HostGator name servers to the following:


    HostGator has instructions here:

    The next step is to go to to Store → Domains from your dashboard and add the domain to your site. This will require purchasing the Domain Mapping upgrade for $13.

    This support doc has additional details:

    If you have any questions along the way, let us know.

  12. Thanks to all respondents - raincoat and kevsmarsden. This information has been quite helpful to a beginner trying to understand nameservers and all that. Additionally, am I correct in my understanding that custom theme uploads are not supported by, but only by on a self-hosted proviso?

  13. That is correct.

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