Ownership of domain names

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  • #435887

    joshuagenner
    Member

    Hi,

    I am considering buying a domain name (maybe JoshuaGenner.com)

    If I go for the Domain name registration + domain mapping costs $14.97 per year, per domain. And get one, will I then own the domain name.

    Will I own it in the sense of – should I wish to leave wordpress could I take my domain name with me elsewhere?

    Thank you.

    Joshua Genner

    #435987

    raincoaster
    Member

    Yes, you can take it with you elsewhere, but you’ll have to renew the purchase of it with WordPress.com every year.

    #435988

    tellyworth
    Staff

    If you register a domain name through WordPress.com, you own it. WordPress.com has no control over it, and you can take it elsewhere at any time.

    Buying domain mapping and registration together is good value, and it’s by far the easiest way to get started.

    #435989

    tellyworth
    Staff

    @raincoaster you can transfer the domain to another registrar if you’d rather renew it with someone else instead of WordPress.com.

    #435990

    raincoaster
    Member

    Ah, I didn’t know that. I thought you had to let it lapse and try to pick it up in time. Thanks

    #435993

    joshuagenner
    Member

    Thank you very kindly for your informative, speedy response.

    #435994

    joshuagenner
    Member

    Thank you very much for your informative, thorough and fast response.

    #436316

    jasonfharper
    Member

    Is it possible to move your wordpress.com blog to wordpress.org so that you can upload custom themes and plugins?

    As I understand it, if your blog is on wordpress.com, then you’re stuck with only the built-in themes and plugins …

    I’m just nervous because I registered my domain through wordpress.com not even realizing there was a difference between the .com and .org and now worried I’m stuck with it for the next year.

    @tellyworth says “If you register a domain name through WordPress.com, you own it. WordPress.com has no control over it, and you can take it elsewhere at any time.”

    HOW?

    #436317

    timethief
    Member

    You cannot move “a blog”. You can move “blog contents”.

    The process goes like this. Purchase a domain and domain mapping. hire a webhost, install wordpress.org software, install a theme, and install plugins.
    After that you export your wordpress.com blog contents and links out of the wordpress.com blog and import it into the new wordpress.org blog.

    http://en.support.wordpress.com/domain-mapping/
    http://wordpress.org/hosting

    more links coming …

    #436318

    timethief
    Member
    #436324

    jasonfharper
    Member

    Thanks, so much! You have saved me much tears & hassle.

    Bless you.

    Oh, one more question. Sorry if it’s stupid — I take it the domain name I purchased for wordpress.com is unchangeable until it expires? It’s OK … I didn’t really like it that much anyway…

    #436326

    raincoaster
    Member

    You can buy as many other ones as you want, but you may require staff intervention to add them to blogs that already have the domain upgrade.

    #436349

    Okay, quick (probably already answered) question.

    If I purchased the domain name through WordPress.com, where do I change the DNS servers to point to my own host if I have decided to upgrade to WordPress.org?

    Also, I can not seem to locate the link/page to transfer the registration to another registrar. Any help would be appreciated.

    #436350

    husdal
    Member

    lawbusinesstips,
    It’s all there in the Support docs:

    Here’s how to change name servers
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/domain-mapping/domain-management/#update-name-servers
    Here’s how to transfer to another registrar
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/domain-mapping/domain-management/#transfer-to-another-registrar

    #436351

    raincoaster
    Member

    And it’s really easy. I did it yesterday and it was the easiest part of the entire Get A New Site operation. Theme hacking, UGH. Changing every single post on the new blog by hand, UGH.

    #436352

    Thanks for the excellent and fast response. I really appreciate you. That was exactly what I was looking for.

    #436374

    scvgenadmin
    Member

    Can’t find this in the support docs:

    If I already have foo.wordpress.com as my blog address, and then purchase foo.com from WordPress as an address for that blog, is my blog then accessible via both addresses?

    Related question: If I have 2 WordPress blogs, and purchase a domain name via WordPress, can I switch the blog that’s connected to the address? Or should I make sure I get it right the first time?

    Thanks.

    #436375

    raincoaster
    Member

    Yes, both addresses will work.

    Yes, you can switch the blog that’s connected to the address. Instructions are linked in this thread, so scroll up.

    #436378

    scvgenadmin
    Member

    Thanks, raincoaster!

    #436381

    Glad I searched and found this post

    Ok instead of creating my own post regarding this, figure i’de just ask in here
    A friend of mines started this blog, I mostly operated it and he does’nt really have a clue about whats what or goes where, he got the domain name from here on WP, we both currently want to move the domain name, but after calling Lunarpages they said it was registered with wildwestdomains which has it locked.

    How does he go about getting it unlocked? also he has a hosting account with our domain name swaggtalk100.net with lunarpages is there any penalties, surcharges…ect for moving or transfering?? How are we to know what was purchased already threw here? there is no list of items [bought] just shows prices of the upgrades in that section lastly is domain mapping required to move it or not….i’m not sure what he purchased with the domain name

    sorry for all the extra questions, just started out, dont want to get t confused (more than I already am) and want to get it done smoothly as possible

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