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  1. I am helping my girlfriend setup a blog and in the process, I created it under my account with the blog URL isathea.wordpress.com. I thought it would be a trivial process to just create a few pages / change the layout etc. before handing it over to her, but when I asked her to setup her userID that is the same as the blog URL, she couldn't. I suspect this is because I have already blocked that userID from being registered by taking the blog URL.

    As a result, I am stuck with the blog still registered under my user account, and I am unable to transfer or add her as a contributor / admin unless she registers under a different userID (something she is quite reluctant to do at the moment). Is there any way I can transfer ownership of the blog and register her userID at the same time? I found that if I wanted to change the blog URL to something totally new, I can register a new user at the same time, but because I am already using my preferred blog URL, there is no way for me to register a new user with the same userID.

    Can someone help me out here? Thanks in advanced.

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

  2. Once a blog has been created under a given name, such as isathea.wordpress.com, it is impossible to then sign up separately for a new WordPress.com account with a username that matches, as the username is reserved for the corresponding blog owner.

    To fix this:

    1) Ask your girlfriend to create a new WordPress.com user account with a throwaway username (she should keep track of it temporarily but will not keep it).

    2) Transfer the blog to her new account following the instructions here: http://en.support.wordpress.com/moving-a-blog/#transferring-your-blog-to-another-wordpress-com-user-or-account

    3) Once she is the owner of the blog, she can then go through the username change process as outlined here: http://en.support.wordpress.com/change-your-username/

    4) Note that by transferring the blog to her, you will no longer have access to it, so she will need to add you back as an administrator to the blog: http://en.support.wordpress.com/user-roles/#adding-users-to-your-site

  3. This solved it, thanks!

  4. I'm so glad to hear that. :)

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