Creating a new Site – No sitename.wordpress.com free option

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  • #3357234

    mostlydazed
    Member

    I am trying to create a new site, but get stuck on page 6 of 6.
    The option for the free site mysitename.wordpress.com does not exist. How do I skip past the plan page without signing up for the $5 or more options?

    #3357271

    macmanx
    Staff

    There will be a free option at the top of the paid domain recommendations, but it may not be a .wordpress.com option.

    The setup flow will only offer the names available, and will make a best suggestion based on your answers, but a free option will always be presented at the top of the list.

    #3357284

    mostlydazed
    Member

    On Step 4 of 6
    – Choose a style
    Option: Continue
    On Step 5 of 6
    – Give your site an address
    Options: (I copied the options below) – No free options
    When I enter the domain I already own on the space provided, I get it message that it is taken, and I can map my domain with WordPress.com Premium. No free option offered.

    Copied options:
    .com
    .net
    .org
    .blog
    .club
    .co
    .life
    .me
    More Extensions
    10 domains found
    rockysdrift.com
    Best Match
    Best Match
    Close match
    “.com” is the most common extension
    First year included in paid plans
    Renewal: $18.00 /year
    Select
    rockysdrift.blog
    Best Alternative
    Best Alternative
    Close match
    “.blog” is a common extension
    First year included in paid plans
    Renewal: $22.00 /year
    Select
    rockysdrift.net
    First year included in paid plans
    Renewal: $18.00 /year
    Select
    rockysdrift.org
    First year included in paid plans
    Renewal: $18.00 /year
    Select
    rockysdrift.online
    First year included in paid plans
    Renewal: $30.00 /year
    Select
    driftco.blog
    First year included in paid plans
    Renewal: $22.00 /year
    Select
    driftco.net
    First year included in paid plans
    Renewal: $18.00 /year
    Select
    driftco.org
    First year included in paid plans
    Renewal: $18.00 /year
    Select
    driftco.online
    First year included in paid plans
    Renewal: $30.00 /year
    Select
    driftco.press
    First year included in paid plans
    Renewal: $60.00 /year
    Select
    Already own a domain?
    You can use it as your site’s address.

    Use a domain I own
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    #3357288

    macmanx
    Staff

    Would you please use https://snipboard.io to share an image screenshot of that final page?

    #3357292

    mostlydazed
    Member
    #3357293

    mostlydazed
    Member
    #3357294

    mostlydazed
    Member

    As requested find below:
    https://snipboard.io/lwgI85.jpg
    Thank you so far

    #3357295

    macmanx
    Staff

    Sorry, I guess I mean the step before choosing a custom domain. :)

    Step 5 of 6, it should look like this: https://cld.wthms.co/WjO2hW

    One note though, if you are seeing this notice, it does mean that there are no free options close to what you wanted: https://cld.wthms.co/3l9n19

    #3357296

    mostlydazed
    Member

    I accept that.
    But nowhere do I get an option to just have a mysite.wordpress.com address. I get the choose the paid option screen every time.
    Step 5 of 6
    https://snipboard.io/LhOeP9.jpg

    #3357298

    macmanx
    Staff

    Hm, you might be in a different Start flow. :)

    Try https://wordpress.com/start

    #3357304

    mostlydazed
    Member

    I end up right here:
    https://snipboard.io/jaSI5O.jpg

    Even if I start as blog, business or professional. All options pan out to the same end.

    #3357306

    mostlydazed
    Member

    I shall do this for you step by step.
    I open https://wordpress.com/start
    I get redirected to:
    https://snipboard.io/nUACik.jpg
    Lets choose “Business” on this try.
    I get redirected to:
    https://snipboard.io/FPRlhD.jpg
    I choose “Digital Marketing” and Continue.
    I get redirected to:
    https://snipboard.io/0p6YmM.jpg
    I enter the detail required and continue.
    I get redirected to:
    https://snipboard.io/aRnqYH.jpg
    Lets choose “Modern” and Continue.
    I get redirected to:
    https://snipboard.io/r4Aq2g.jpg
    I enter the domain I own and click on add.
    I get redirected to:
    https://snipboard.io/IOG9kw.jpg
    …..and I’m stuck.
    No option past this. No option to skip this. No option but to pay.

    #3357309

    macmanx
    Staff

    Ah, yes, if you want a free domain, don’t choose Business. ;)

    The Business flow is very different and assumes you want to purchase, map, or transfer your business’s domain name.

    #3357704

    mostlydazed
    Member

    I just tried it on Blog as well.
    Same end result.

    I am at my whites end.

    #3357732

    I enter the domain I own and click on add.

    You can’t do that if you want a free site. You have to type in a word or phrase at step 5 to get a free option.

    #3357737

    mostlydazed
    Member

    Okay,

    I now worked on a different browser.
    I got as far as a free option:
    https://snipboard.io/foKCgv.jpg

    But when I click on select on the Free Option of rockysdrift.home.blog, it goes to a blue screen, saying something in the lines of Awesome, please wait, then bombs back to the same screen where i have to select the free option.

    #3357749

    gracema2002
    Member

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