Do I really need to wait 60 days to be able to add plugins to my site?

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  • #640528

    Hi,

    So I just got my WordPress blog a few days ago. I wanted to add plugins but see that WordPress doesn’t support this. So I signed up for BlueHost in order to be able to use Plugins. Now it says I have to wait the remainder of the 60 days to transfer the domain over to BlueHost. So can I not add plugins until the domain is transferred? My dashboard still redirects back to the original WordPress dashboard where I am unable to add Plugins or even install a new Theme. Some help would be great.

    Thanks.

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

    #640627

    timethief
    Member

    Yes.

    If you would like to completely transfer your domain to another registrar, you must wait 60 days from the original purchase date. This is standard across all registrars. It is a rule set by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). See the Transfer to Another Registrar section of the Domain Management help page for detailed instructions. http://support.wordpress.com/domain-mapping/domain-management/#transfer-to-another-registrar

    From: http://en.support.wordpress.com/domain-mapping/cancel-domain/#transfer-a-to-another-registrar

    There is no FTP access to free hosted WordPress.COM blogs and we cannot install individual plugins or any themes into them The themes found on the internet are for wordpress.ORG installs which run on different software.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/ftp-access/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/plugins/

    Have you gone through the process of installing your WordPress.org install yet? See here > http://en.support.wordpress.com/moving-a-blog/#moving-to-wordpress-org

    #640628

    timethief
    Member

    Also note that we do not provide support for WordPress.org installs for self hosting here on the WordPress.com support forum. You must post to http://wordpress.org/support to get support for your new WordPress.org install.

    #640629

    airodyssey
    Member

    Actually, the answer is “no”, you don’t need to wait 60 days. From
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/moving-a-blog/#moving-to-wordpress-org

    If it has not yet been 60 days, you can still update your nameservers and point them to your new host [ http://en.support.wordpress.com/domain-mapping/domain-management/#update-name-servers ]

    #640633

    timethief
    Member

    @airodyssey
    You’re right. Thanks so much for the correction. There’s nothing stopping this blogger from setting up his wordpress.org install and installing plugin into it.

    @shroudanddirk
    I apologize for getting sidetracked re: transferring your domain registration. That part of my comment stands. The word “no” is wrong. The rest of what I posted is correct. Sorry :(

    #640635

    airodyssey
    Member

    No problem :-) The line between “changing domain name registrar” and “changing hosting provider” is very thin sometimes and understandably, many hosting providers ALSO want to be your domain name registrar.

    #640636

    Thanks for the quick response.

    I will have to just get a new domain with BlueHost and start over from scratch. It’s unfortunate that I had no idea about this 60-day waiting thing.

    #640639

    airodyssey
    Member

    You don’t need to get a new domain with BlueHost. Did you read my response? :-)

    #640640

    Oops, more replies :) Let me see if that works.

    #640644

    Ok, changed the WordPress nameservers to my BlueHost nameservers. Will check back in a few hours to see if the changes have gone through.

    Thanks!

    #640647

    airodyssey
    Member

    You’re welcome :-)

    #640753

    Well it’s been about 5 hours. (says it usually takes about 2 hours, but can take up to 48) my .ORG/wp-admin/ site is still redirecting to the original wordpress.com dashboard. I’m wondering if there’s something else I have to do to stop this from happening besides just changing the nameservers?

    #640786

    auxclass
    Member

    Changes if done correctly can take 24 to 72 hours to migrate across the internet. You can also have local ISP caching issues and other routers that you used to visit the original site.

    The name servers are changing: http://www.whatsmydns.net/#NS/cloak-and-dagger.org

    Did you have BlueHost to do the required mapping on their end?

    #640812

    According to the link @auxclass gave, the propagation is under way. How soon you will see it depends on how often your ISP updates their nameservers. Some do it more often than others, but in general most do it in 24 hours or less.

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