Moving to WordPress.ORG

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    I’m consider making the switch to wp.ORG and I was wondering what the best course of action was. I’ve read from some that it’s best to first purchase your domain name and stay at wp.COM for a while before you make the move. Is that true? Or should I just move/register all at once? I guess it makes sense to establish my personal domain name first so that it will be easier for readers to follow me? My question regarding that is how readers will get from to (aside from me leaving a sticky on the wp.COM website about the switch).

    I’ve also heard that I should register my domain name with something different than WordPress in case there is a problem with servers? I didn’t really catch that bit, but it was suggested to register elsewhere and then just have WordPress map the domain name. This may have been also to avoid the 60 day waiting period upon establishing a domain name with WordPress.

    So, in short (because I feel like I may have been confusing :o)), what are the best steps to take before making the move to wp.ORG? Thanks!

    The blog I need help with is



    The pros and cons of being free hosted by or self hosting software are summed up very well in vs.

    If you have the knowledge of how to blog on wordpress software, and the skill sets to required to set up and manage your own self hosted site then waiting makes no sense.But if you are not skilled at wordpress blogging, and also lack the skill sets required to self host your own site then waiting does make sense.

    The first step can be purchasing your own domain. You don’t need to leave to do that, and the sooner all bloggers do this, the better. If you want to know the reasons why I believe getting your own domain as early as possible is the best choice to make then click my username, go to my Popular Posts page and read my blog posts on the subject.

    How and why to get your own domain
    Bloggers Get Your Own Domain
    Self-hosting: What’s Your Hurry?



    This may have been also to avoid the 60 day waiting period upon establishing a domain name with WordPress.

    If you would like to completely transfer your domain to another registrar, you must wait 60 days from the original purchase date. You may not transfer a domain name within 60 days of purchase or for 60 days after any contact information is changed. This is standard across all registrars. It is a rule set by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

    My question regarding that is how readers will get from to (aside from me leaving a sticky on the wp.COM website about the switch).

    If you purchase domain mapping then your readers will be seamlessly transferred from the root blog URL to the new site URL. If you do not purchase domain mapping that will not take place. All the links will be “broken”. I have described this in detail in the posts I point to above.

    I hope this helps you.


    Thank you! I went to your site and read a few things. What are your thoughts on registering and mapping with WordPress versus registering with another service and then mapping with WordPress?



    I would go for the latter. The domain management system that comes with is very very limited, and I would only recommend it if you plan to have your blog on forever. Really. For everything else I would buy my domain with some other registrar. Whether you start out on or go straight to is a bit up to you. However, if you are leaning towards going to in the future, you might as well do it from the very beginning. I did it via .com first, and in hindsight, that was a mistake.


    If you want to redirect traffic from to a new domain, then you can use the redirect option. For the redirect option, it doesn’t matter if you register a domain through or somewhere else.

    There are some good notes about moving an existing blog to in the help site.

    To clarify, the 60 day waiting period where you cannot transfer a domain name is standard for registrars, however, you should also note that you can change the name servers to switch to outside hosting at any time (even within the first 60 days). It is transferring the ownership of the name itself which cannot be done in the first 60 days.

    I think if you are using for your blog, then registering a domain name through would be the simplest route. Registering through should also be fine if you are going to transfer later. If you need advanced DNS control or if you won’t be using at all (i.e. immediately switching to, then registering a domain name through a different registrar would probably be the best route. Many web hosting packages that you buy even include a domain name for free.


    So. Could I just buy my domain WITH and NOT map it until/if I switched to wordpress.ORG? Or does the domain and mapping need to be done at the same time?



    You can do one of these two from “Upgrades > Domains”:

    1. register (purchase) a domain AND map it
    2. just map an existing domain

    We don’t have an option to just buy a domain through the store interface.

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