I purchased a domain name from godaddy for ! $9 a few days ago, and when I checked out at wordpress.com, it showed $5 for registration and $13 for mapping. Since I have my blog on WP, I thought it’d be best to purchase the domain name from WP and also save a few dollars. I immediately cancelled from godaddy and when the domain name was available at WP after a few days I went in for registration. However, at checkout it says I should pay $18 for domain registration. Why this discrepancy? Am I missing out on something? The WP Store clearly says $5 for domain name registration, now why is it suddenly saying $18. In the WP forums too I notice people have paid $18. What am I missing here.
The domain price is $5 and you’ll have to map the domain for $13 so domain mapping on WordPress.com costs you $18.
On the other hand if you transfer your domain from Godaddy to WordPress.com it will cost you $22. http://en.support.wordpress.com/domains/